Barbara Reuer, PhD, MT-BC, Founder and Outgoing CEO
Dr. Reuer is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in music-for-wellness and music therapy. She founded MusicWorx, a San Diego-based contractual and consulting agency serving children with special needs, medical patients, hospice patients, and individuals dealing with substance abuse, lifestyle change, and bereavement. Recognizing that many individuals lacked the means to access these services through for-profit entities, Dr. Reuer founded nonprofit Resounding Joy in 2004. Its mission is to bring the healing power of music therapy to individuals and groups across San Diego, including active duty and veterans, hospitalized children, senior adults and others in the community.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Reuer provides wellness, community-building, stress-management, and pain-management workshops and seminars for health care professionals, educators, and corporate clients all over the world. Dr. Reuer is a past president of the National Association for Music Therapy (now American Music Therapy Association). In 2000, Dr. Reuer received the American Music Therapy Association national Professional Practice Award. And in 2008, she received the prestigious American Music Therapy Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Reuer will be retiring from Resounding Joy in December 2023, and will continue to run MusicWorx.