Eurhythmics: A Sensorimotor Music-based Approach for Treating Autism and other Neurophysiologic Diagnoses

Dr. Dorita S. Berger, PhD, MT-BC, LCAT, born in Argentina, is a concert pianist, educator, author, Board Certified music therapist, and New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapists. Dr. Berger holds a BFA in Piano Performance (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA) , an MA in
Music Therapy (New York University, New York, NY), a PhD in Physiologic Music Therapy (Psychology Department, Roehampton University, London, UK), and additional piano performance training at The Juilliard Conservatory (New York). Dr. Berger is Adjunct Faculty, Dept. of Music, Kean University, Union, NJ. Adjunct Faculty Dept. of Arts & Humanities, Gateway Community College, New Haven CT., and Adjunct Faculty for Autism Research, Dept. of Psychology, Virginia Tech. She has served as Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, and Visiting Specialist at Montclair State University, (NJ). Dr. Berger has held faculty positions at Universities in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Florida, and continues to be called upon to teach and provide clinical supervision, seminars, and presentations at National and International Conferences in Europe, Canada, South and North America.
In 2011, Dr. Berger was Fellowship recipient of the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston, TX, to participate in the week-long seminar, “Exploring The Mind Through Music”. Also In 2011, Dr. Berger organized and hosted a 1-day Conference on Music, Science and Medicine: Frontiers in Biomedical Research and Clinical Applications, at the New York Academy of Sciences. Conference was received partial support from NIH-NAACM. Dr. Berger has been recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to the Ukraine (2009) for a month of University lecturing on Music Therapy. The year
prior to the Fulbright, Dr. Berger attained a Global Education Grant (2008) from Montclair State University (NJ) to conduct a three-week teaching assignment in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she also presented a half-day course at the World Congress of Music Therapy).
Among Dr. Berger’s published books and papers are: Toward The Zen Of Performance (MMB 1999); Music Therapy, Sensory Integration and the Autistic Child (JKP 2002,) which has also been released in the Korean Language translation (2012, Sigma Press, S. Korea); THE MUSIC EFFECT:
Music Physiology and Clinical Applications (JKP 2006, co-authored with Dr. Daniel J.Schneck); and Developing Music Therapy Goals and Objectives For Treating Autism Characteristics, Chapter 10 in Use of Creative Therapies with Autism Spectrum Disorder (S. Brooke, Ed., 2009). Dr. Berger is Editor-In-Chief of the new on-line Journal of Biomusical Engineering.
Dr.Berger’s, expertise includes Physiologic and Sensorimotor Clinical Music Treatment for Autism, Sensory Integration, Stress and Anxiety Disorders; Application of Dalcroze Eurhythmics in Sensorimotor Music-Based Treatment for all ages and diagnoses; etc. Iin addition to her specialty in services for ASD, her clinical work includes psychodynamic treatment for social, language and
cognitive skills. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Berger conducts a private practice at her Music Therapy Clinic, and provides consultation and assessment services to area schools, hospitals, various Institutions and Health-related organizations. She also speaks Spanish fluently.