Dr. Joy Allen is an accomplished clinician, supervisor, and researcher. She has extensive experience working with medical patients where she focuses on psychological health, pain management, and the family system. In addition, she has expertise working with children, adolescents, and adults with mental health issues applying a family systems approach. She is particularly passionate about working with individuals and families facing chronic illnesses, including cancer. Her current research interests include quantitative analysis of the effects of music therapy on the psychological health of medical patients, Guided Imagery & Music with medical patients, as well as medical music therapy theory development and efficacy research. Additionally, is completing her Fellowship in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.

Dr. Allen has presented her clinical work and research at several peer-reviewed conferences including regional, national, and international music therapy conferences. Passion for her work and emphasis on sharing the music therapy process as well as session outcomes has allowed her to be quite successful in music therapy program development and advocacy. Dr. Allen’s work in the field has lead to several awards including Music Therapy Research Award from Temple University, Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Music Therapy from Temple University in recognition of advocacy, education, and research and the 2008 Healthcare Hero Award for her work and advocacy for cancer patients and their families.

As an alumna of Loyola University, Dr. Allen has a great passion and commitment to the University and to the Jesuit tradition. She is honored to be on the faculty of Loyola because of its dedication to the field of music therapy, and its interdisciplinary collaboration and service to the great community of New Orleans. 

Joy Allen is passionate about her family, work, and also the clarinet and clarinet mouthpiece design.