Education

  • PhD, Expressive Therapies, Lesley University, 2019
  • M.S. Master of Science: Special Education, University of North Dakota, 2012
  • B.M. Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, 2008, University of North Dakota

Biography

Natasha Thomas (she/themme) is a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). Alongside her role as Assistant Professor at IUPUI, she serves on the steering committee of the Black Music Therapists Network (BMTN); you can also find themme co-facilitating the BMTN sponsored podcast “Black Creative Healing” with Adenike Webb. Natasha additionally serves with Marisol Norris as co-editor of an upcoming special issue from the Journal of Music Therapy on equity & justice (release date planned for 2022). Natasha is a committed advocate for creative & culturally sustaining support for marginalized communities. Her current research focus involves Black creativity, particularly identity construction and community care. Natasha’s research and clinical work are inclusive of emerging technology, as well as the perspectives of disability and queer identities, and the unique ways those perspectives and resources can intersect to impact quality of life, identity construction and meaning making.