Meet our Music Therapy staff
Lori Gooding, PhD, MT-BC, NICU-MT, joined the University of Kentucky as the director of music therapy in July 2010. Professor Gooding’s music therapy career includes both teaching and clinical practice. Previously, she served as assistant professor of music therapy at Charleston Southern University and as a teaching assistant at The Florida State University.
Her clinical experience covers a wide range of care including: pediatrics, oncology, skilled nursing, rehab and outpatient chemotherapy, child, teen and adult psychiatry, elderly nursing and dementia care, special education and private practice. To learn more about Lori, view her full profile on the College of Fine Arts page.
Jessy Rushing, MM, MT-BC, is the lead music therapy clinician and internship supervisor at UK HealthCare. She is also the founder and director of Edge Music Therapy, LLC. Jessy received a bachelor's and master's degree in music therapy from The Florida State University.
Jessy has worked at hospitals around the nation including Palomar Health, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and an internship at Scripps Health. She has served as the coordinator of the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy, supervised interns and practicum students, served on AMTA committees and assists with research endeavors. Jessy has experience working with all age ranges from premature infants to end of life.
Jessy's other responsibilities include producing publications and presentations focusing on program development, music therapy with rehabilitation, eating disorders, premature infants, women affected by domestic violence and medical music therapy reimbursement.
Before joining the University of Kentucky faculty, Olivia Swedberg Yinger, PhD, NICU-MT, served as a teaching assistant at The Florida State University College of Music, where she taught courses for undergraduate and graduate equivalency music therapy majors.
She previously coordinated the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare/Florida State University Music Therapy and Arts in Medicine Program, as well as the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy. To learn more about Olivia, view her full profile on the College of Fine Arts page.