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Joy Willenbrink-Conte

Lecturer, Music Therapy

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Joy Willenbrink-Conte
Phone: 937-229-3921
FH 474


  • M.A., Music Therapy, Certificate in Addictions Studies, Immaculata University, 2017
  • B.A., Music Therapy, University of Dayton, 2012


Joy Willenbrink-Conte is a board-certified music therapist and has earned degrees from the University of Dayton (B.M.) and Immaculata University (M.A.). Joy's clinical experiences are primarily in mental health care, specifically trauma, addiction and grief recovery. Joy is currently engaged in Austin Vocal Psychotherapy training and maintains a small music therapy private practice in Dayton. In her teaching and scholarship, Joy aims to center critical theories, cultural-responsivity and strengths-based approaches.

Professional Activities

  • American Music Therapy Association

Selected Publications and Presentations


Willenbrink-Conte, J. (2022). Nurturing learning through the pre-clinical music therapy supervision relationship. In K. Lovett (Ed.) Diverse pedagogical approaches to experiential learning (vol. II):  Multidisciplinary case studies, reflections, and strategies (pp. 153-170). Palgrave Macmillian. 

Gardstrom, S., & Willenbrink-Conte, J. (2021). Music therapy with women with addictions. Barcelona Publishers.

Hiller, J., Belt, C., Gardstrom, S., & Willenbrink-Conte, J. (2021). Safeguarding curricular self-experiences in undergraduate music therapy education and training. Music Therapy Perspectives, 39(1), 86-94.

Gardstrom, S., Bartkowski, J., Willenbrink, J., & Diestelkamp, W. (2013). "The impact of group music therapy on negative affect of people with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness: single group, pretest-posttest design." Music Therapy Perspectives, 31, 116-126.


"Nurturing Safety, Empowerment, and Connection: Body-Oriented Music Therapy as Trauma Treatment." American Music Therapy Association Conference, November, 2017

"Music Therapy and Evolving Sense of Hope among At-Risk Adolescent Boys: A Qualitative Group Study Based on Yalom's Principles of Group Psychotherapy." Great Lakes Region American Music Therapy Association Conference, April, 2012.