Susan Mehall, MT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist, UC Davis Children’s Hospital of Sacremento, CA earned her undergraduate degree in Music Therapy and Psychology at the University of Miami. Continuing her education, Susan earned certifications as Neurological Music Therapist from The Academy of Neurological Music Therapy (Colorado Springs, CO) and as Certified Neonatal Music Therapist, from The National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy (Tallahassee, FL). After fulfilling her internship at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, Susan joined the music therapy team at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital/Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI. During her seven years at C.S. Mott, and in her current position at UC Davis, Susan takes special joy in fusing together her music therapy and songwriting skills to help her patients compose and record songs and videos.
An active speaker, writer, and advocate, Susan has been featured at the Great Lakes Regional Music Therapy Conferences, delivering presentations on “Staying In-Synch: Utilizing Music Therapy for Those Left Behind; “Voicing Words Unspoken: Songwriting with Female Adolescents with Terminal Illness;” and “All About Dialysis: Music Therapy Unites Patients and Staff in Pediatric Nephrology.”
Susan was honored to represent the C.S. Mott Heartbeat Recording Program on WDIV (NBC) News and on BTN Live Michigan, introducing the hospital’s pre-and-post heartbeat recording program for heart transplant patients. Among her treasured experiences, Susan has been the designated music therapist for C.S. Mott’s memorial events for families of patients who have died, including Walk to Remember for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.