Sharon Graham
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Year
2020
Chapter
Position
Founder & Director, Tampa Bay Institute for Music Therapy

Sharon is an award-winning healthcare advocate and music therapist whose work improves clinical outcomes, increases patient satisfaction, and empowers healthcare agencies to serve with compassion and respect. She and her team provide music therapy services to veterans with traumatic brain injury and PTSD, children and adults in inpatient psychiatric units, children with developmental disabilities, older adults with and without dementia, and hospitalized children. Their work has been featured in the magazine INSIDE, The Tampa Bay Times, and on Bloomberg TV's American Medicine Today.

She directs a clinical internship training program through which eleven interns have successfully passed and is a frequent presenter at regional and national music therapy conferences. Sharon is also an invited lecturer for medical conferences and colleges. She has served as Co-Chair for the Florida Music Therapy Task Force since 2014. Under her tenure, the public has received increased coverage for music therapy services through the Gardiner Scholarship for students with special needs and through the recognition of music therapy as a core service for individuals relying on Medicaid services through Florida WellCare.

Sharon has a Bachelor Degree in Music from Florida College. She received her Master Degree in Music Therapy from the Florida State University and is a Music Therapist-Board Certified (credentialed MT-BC). She holds additional certifications in Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Music Therapy, Neurologic Music Therapy, and has a variety of clinical experience.