Allison Lockhart is a licensed and board certified music therapist who joined the George Center in 2018. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from the University of Alabama where she completed practica with numerous populations including premature infants, pediatric patients, older adults, juvenile delinquents, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also completed an undergraduate thesis exploring music therapy to address mental health needs in juvenile delinquents. Additionally, at Alabama, she received certification as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapist (NICU-MT), and founded the state’s first Autism Speaks U chapter. She went on to compete a six-month music therapy internship at Easter Seals Midwest Autism Services. Allison completed her master’s degree in Music Therapy at the University of Miami where she received extensive training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and completed a master’s thesis studying the use of music and sensory integration techniques to increase attention in children with autism. She also completed her graduate practicum and a portion of her teaching assistantship at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where she helped develop a Prescribed Music Listening Program for premature infants in the NICU.
Allison specializes in working with individuals on the autism spectrum and premature infants. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the non-profit We Rock For Autism. Allison is also very involved with international music therapy efforts and has traveled to Japan, Kenya, and Uganda to advocate for and provide music therapy services. She is proficient in voice and guitar, and has a strong musical theater background.
In her free time, Allison loves traveling, especially to Disney World. She also loves hiking, cooking, and exploring restaurants with different cuisines. You can often find Allison dancing as she comes from a hispanic family where dancing is a way of life. Being born in Alabama, Allison is a HUGE Alabama football fan, which you can tell by her extensive crimson, white, and houndstooth wardrobe and frequent use of “roll tide!”