Dr. Maria Montserrat Gimeno, EdD., LCAT, MT-BC is an Associate Professor in the Music Therapy Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She was born in Barcelona, Spain, where she worked as a nurse for several years. She came to the states in 1993 to study Music Therapy. Since then she has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Willamette University in Salem, OR., and a Master of Arts in Music Therapy and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She is trained in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, and is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery. She has completed training at Florida State University for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Neurological Music Therapy at Colorado State University. Dr. Gimeno helped coordinate and teach the First GIM Training in Barcelona, Spain and will continue to do so for the Second GIM Training in Madrid. She has been invited to be the guest speaker at the 5th Annual International Conference of the International Association for Music and Medicine in June 2018 to hold a workshop on clinical adaptations of the Bonny Method. She was also given the opportunity to complete a research study at the Amrita Institute of Medical Science Hospital (AIMS) in Kochi, Kerala, India during her 2016-17 sabbatical leave. Dr. Gimeno is known nationally and internationally for her research on the use of Music and Imagery (MI) and Music and Imagery Relaxation (MIR) in medical settings and has taught MI courses in the United States, Spain, China, South Korea, Norway, Finland, Austria, India, and Japan. She is currently researching the use of MIR to decrease anxiety of breast cancer patients waiting for surgery and its effects post-surgery. She is also writing a handbook for music therapists who work with Spanish clients.
(June 7th-9th, 2018): Dr. Gimeno will be a guest speaker at the 5th Annual International Conference of the International Association for Music and Medicine in Barcelona, Spain.
Summer Courses in Spain
- Valencia (May 25-26, 2018): MED-GIM: Medical Applications of Guided Imagery and Music
- Zaragoza (June 2018): Introductory course in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery in Music (BMGIM)
- Madrid (July 2018):
- Level I GIM Training
- The Holo-Breath: an adaptation of the Bonny Method
- Circles of the Self: assessment through Mandala drawing
July-August 2018: International Affairs with Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, Kerala and the Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China
Dr. Gimeno will be meeting with Dr. Shanti Nair, the dean of research at the Amrita Institute of Medical Science (AIMS) in Kochi, Kerala, India, to plan collaborative research between SUNY New Paltz and AIMS.
She is also responsible for international affairs in the Music Therapy program and is recruiting students from the Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China. She will be traveling to China to teach a class on Psychology of Music in America and introduce them to the SUNY New Paltz Music Therapy program.
September 2018: Dr. Gimeno will be presenting her work in Music Imagery Relaxation at the European Association for Music and Imagery.
November 2018: Dr. Gimeno will be presenting on communicating across cultures at the American Music Therapy Association
Winter Intensive (January 2019): Introduction to GIM (2 day-long course at l’Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona)