Katherine “Katie” Elverd, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee earned her BA in psychology with a minor in music from Western Kentucky University and her MM in music therapy from the Florida State University. She completed her music therapy internship at the Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers. Katie has worked in the field of music therapy for eleven years, serving individuals of all ages and abilities. Katie has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at the University of Kentucky, where she taught classes related to the foundations, principles, and clinical skills in relationship to music therapy.
Katie’s clinical experience includes the coordination of the music therapy program at UK Healthcare Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, where she developed, coordinated and implemented the grant funded pediatric music therapy program and served as the head pediatric music therapist. Also, Katie has served as the music therapist at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, where she developed the music therapy internship program in partnership with the Florida State University. During her time at Wolfson, Katie was responsible for the implementation of the Pacifier Activated Lullaby device in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and received the Distinguished Caregiver Copper Pin Award for excellence in patient and family-centered care. In addition to her experience in medical music therapy, Katie has also worked extensively with children who have special needs, leading group and individual music therapy session at Capital District Beginnings in Albany, New York and at the Florida State University Multidisciplinary Center in Tallahassee, Florida.
Currently, Katie serves as the Director of Music Therapy were she developed and coordinated the establishment of the new undergraduate music therapy degree program. Katie is responsible for implementing classroom-based learning, student field training experiences and overseeing the compliance of the degree program in coordination with the American Music Therapy Association. Her research interests include neonatal music therapy, pediatric music therapy, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Outside of her profession, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, their two dogs, Jack and Ellie Mae and participating in endurance triathlons and road races.