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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 a trained Austin Vocal Psychotherapist and maintains a small music therapy private practice. In her teaching and scholarship, Joy aims to center critical theories, cultural-responsivity and strengths-based approaches.

Professional activities

  • American Music Therapy Association

Courses taught

  • MUS 125 Introduction to Music Therapy
  • MUS 202 Professional Development Workshop (Music Therapy)
  • MUS 244 Functional Music Therapy Skills
  • MUS 246 Music Therapy Treatment Processes
  • MUS 273, 372, 373, 472, & 473 Music Therapy Practicum I-V
  • MUS 370 Music Therapy Methods II: Receptive
  • MUS 371 Music Therapy Methods III: Improvisation
  • MUS 471 Contemporary Music Therapy Practices

Selected publications and presentations


Willenbrink-Conte, J. (2023). Song re-creation transitioning to song discussion with a community women’s group. In A. Heiderscheit & N. Jackson (Eds.) Clinical decision-making in music therapy (pp. 169-176). Barcelona Publishers.

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.


“Let’s be Real: Intersectionality and Supervision Relationships,” Great Lakes Region, American Music Therapy Association Conference, Fort Wayne, Ind. (March 18, 2023); co-presenter with V. Alvarado Berrios.

“Untangling Gendered Addictions Treatment and the Role of Music Therapy,” American Music Therapy Association National Conference, online (Nov. 20, 2020).

“Safeguarding Self-Experiences in Undergraduate Music Therapy Education and Training," Great Lakes Region, American Music Therapy Association Conference, Cincinnati (March 15, 2019); co-presenter with C. Belt, & J. Hiller.

American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Minneapolis (Nov. 21, 2019); co-presenter with C. Belt, S. Gardstrom, & J. Hiller.

“Songwriting Avenues to Empower and Inspire Creativity,” Association of Ohio Music Therapists Biennial Conference, Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 17, 2019).

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