Professor Laura Pawuk, MM, MT-BC, certified music imagery specialist, is a board certified music therapist with 19 years of clinical experience in the greater-Chicago area. She specialized in the mental health needs of individuals and families being treated for pediatric, adolescent and adult psychiatric diagnoses; cancer; stroke; brain injury; Parkinson's; Alzheimer's; cystic fibrosis; mental illness; pediatric cochlear implant auditory, speech and language needs; end of life needs; and those grieving the loss of a loved one. Prof. Pawuk is an assistant professor of music therapy at EMU.
Professor Pawuk is a graduate of Western Michigan University's Master's and Equivalency Program in Music Therapy and earned her undergraduate degree in speech pathology and audiology from Miami University (Ohio) where she minored in piano performance. She holds advanced training in mental health music psychotherapy through her Certificate of Professional Training in Music Imagery, an adaptation of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.
Prior to joining EMU, Pawuk was a faculty specialist in music therapy and clinical coordinator/ supervisor for Western Michigan University's music therapy program. She also taught courses at Northwestern University's School of Music and the University of Illinois-Chicago's Honors College. Pawuk has taught and supervised students and interns in a variety of mental health settings who are studying music medicine and music, art and dance therapy.
Her career includes maintaining a private practice that addresses the emotional needs of elderly adults and their families, implementing and researching the efficacy of integrated creative arts therapy programs, creating a number of new music therapy programs and positions, and giving presentations and workshops at local, national and international conferences.