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Susan E. Mandel, PhD, MT-BC

Exquisite music; express my soul’s speech.

I profoundly receive it, as outward I reach.

Dr. Susan Mandel is a board-certified music therapist, specializing in stress and pain management in medical settings.  She is a professional member of the American Music Therapy Association as well as the Certification Board for Music Therapy. She serves as a music therapy consultant to Lake Health in Northeast Ohio, where she manages the music therapy program and investigated health-related outcomes of music therapy in cardiac rehabilitation and diabetes education, and the effect of music therapy on patient satisfaction of inpatients.  Dr. Mandel is currently investigating the effect of music therapy on satisfaction of emergency department patients.

Dr. Mandel’s doctorate curriculum focused on mind-body studies and music therapy research.  Valuing the opportunities offered by online learning, she joined the University of Phoenix faculty in 2007, and it was when Dr. Mandel connected with the School of Advanced Studies in 2010 that she found her academic home.  Dr. Mandel enjoys serving as a Dissertation Chair for students and has facilitated doctoral research courses.

Dr. Mandel co-authored a self-help book and accompanying CD with Dr. Suzanne Hanser, Manage Your Stress and Pain Through Music, published by Berklee Press and distributed by Hal Leonard, and produced a compact disc recording with Daniel Kobialka, Harmony of Mind & Body: A MARI Experience.  Dr. Mandel has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical and music therapy journals.  Dr. Mandel is appreciative to University of Phoenix for professional support offered through a research grant, publishing awards, and acknowledgment as the 2012 Faculty of the Year for Directed Study.

Dr. Mandel enjoys singing in an à cappella choir, daily swimming, and reading.  Dr. Mandel and her husband delight in their five young grandchildren.  She is motivated to share my life’s lessons to help make a difference in the lives of others, including University of Phoenix students.

Enthusiasm soars in me as my understanding grows

Of the mind’s possibility to reach, to stretch, to know.