Music Therapy Faculty
Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Therapy
Melissa Heffner is Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at the University of Evansville. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a minor in Early Childhood Special Education from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Music in Music Therapy with a specialization in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Ohio University. Her professional interests include collaborating and co-treating with other healthcare professionals, and her master's thesis research study involved collaborating with a speech-language pathology graduate student.
Professor Heffner has been a Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) since 2013 and has worked in clinic and home settings as well as day, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities serving disabled, autistic, neurodivergent, and neurotypical children, adults, and older adults. She has provided telehealth and in-person music therapy and adapted lessons in piano, guitar, and voice to individuals and groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and central and southeastern Ohio.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Evansville, Professor Heffner was Adjunct Professor and Music Therapy Clinical Supervisor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. There, she supervised music therapy practicum students in their developmental, gerontological, and psychiatric practicum placements both in-person and via telehealth. She also supervised music therapy interns in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and music therapy practicum students at Ohio University.
Professor Heffner has been a member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) since 2009 and has been serving on the AMTA Academic Program Approval Committee since 2019.