Associate Professor of Music Therapy
PhD in Music Therapy, Temple University
MEd in Health Education, Pennsylvania State University
Equivalency in Music Therapy, Duquesne University
BS in Music Education, Lebanon Valley College
Carol Shultis has over 30 years experience as a music therapist and clinical training supervisor in medical settings including acute hospital care, rehabilitative care, mental health care, long term care and hospice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She directed the internship program at the Forbes Health System for 20 years and trained 88 interns and supervised over 100 university practicum students before beginning her PhD work at Temple Universiity. During her graduate education she served as adjunct faculty in the music therapy program at Seton Hill University and worked part time as the administrative director of a therapeutic recreation and music therapy program with older adults and rehabilitation patients in long term care.
Dr. Shultis has been actively involved in the American Music Therapy Association since beginning clinical practice, serving as Advisor to the Mid Atlantic Regional Chapter student association for 15 years, as Chair of the national Student Affairs Advisory Board, as Advisor to the National Student Association, and currently as a member of the Ethics Board. Carol has presented numerous educational programs for community and professional groups and has offered clinical supervision groups and sessions at regional and national music therapy conferences. She was privileged to be part of a panel presentation for the American Psychiatric Association; an article describing music therapy in psychiatric care resulted from this presentation. She co-authored a text for students, “Clinical Training Guide for the Student Music Therapist, 2nd edition, 2017". She received the 2012 Service Award from the Mid-Atlantic Region/AMTA for “significant service to the Mid-Atlantic Region.”
With a background in music education, Carol enjoys working with students in special education settings and adults and older adults in medical settings. She is trained in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music and has seen individuals for in-depth psychological work and/or personal growth using music and imagery.
Her doctoral research explored the use of music therapy with patients in the Intensive Care Unit of a community hospital. She is interested in extending that research and exploring music therapy supervision and training in future research.
A life-time choral singer, she enjoys making music with the Spartanburg Festival Chorus and local church choirs.