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Jayne M. Standley, Ph.D., is a longtime researcher and professor at Florida State University's College of Music. She is also the 2005-2006 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor; the highest honor a Florida State University faculty member can receive.
Standley, who is recognized throughout the United States as the foremost authority on medical music therapy, joined Florida State University's faculty in 1976. Her pioneering work in her field has led to new techniques for addressing many of the challenges that premature babies face. In addition to her creation of the PAL device, Standley's work with premature babies has led to the establishment of most of the musical protocols used in hospital neonatal units today.
In addition to her research activities, Standley has directed and mentored nearly 200 graduate students in their research efforts. For more than 25 years, students from Florida State University have presented original research at the American Music Therapy Association's annual conference. Because of her participation and that of her students and former students, Florida State University has had a greater presence in the music therapy research community than any other university in the country.
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