Dr. Blythe LaGasse is coordinator and associate professor of Music Therapy at Colorado State University. For over fifteen years, she has been a music therapist specializing in working with children with autism spectrum disorders. She continues to provide services to children in Fort Collins and works at summer intensive therapy camps.
Dr. LaGasse holds degrees from the University of Kansas (Ph.D. with Music Therapy and Communication Neuroscience emphasis), Colorado State University (M.M. in Music, Music Therapy), and University of Kansas (B.M. in Music Therapy). Additionally, she has been trained in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and was a faculty trainer for the NMT Academy for eight years. With a strong background in communication neuroscience, her research interests include the use of music to improve communication and cognitive skills in children with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
At CSU, Dr. LaGasse teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in Music Therapy, coordinates the Music Therapy Clinics, and Directs the Music Therapy Distance Learning Program.
Dr. LaGasse has publications in Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and Music and Medicine.She has served as the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Council Coordinator for Professional Practices and the Midwestern Region AMTA President. She is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives.
Dr. LaGasse was the 2011-2012 recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Distinction in Outreach Award in recognition of her efforts to connect CSU students to the community through Service Learning and Community Outreach Clinics. She was the 2015 recipient of the American Music Therapy Association Research Award.