Sheri Robb, PhD, MT-BC

Sheri Robb, PhD, MT-BC

Science of Nursing Care
Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center
Associate Professor
Core faculty, IU Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center
Coordinator, Undergraduate Honors Program

Contact Information

Phone: (317) 274-3152
Nursing W439, Indianapolis


PhD, The University of Kansas
MEd, Auburn University
BM, The Florida State University


Dr. Robb's program of research focuses on the development and testing of music-based interventions to manage distress, improve positive health outcomes, and prevent secondary psychosocial morbidity in children/adolescents with cancer and their parents. Her Contextual Support Model of Music Therapy has guided development of two music-based interventions that are being tested for children/adolescents with cancer. Dr. Robb is a board-certified music therapist with degrees in music therapy and early childhood special education. In 2009, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral oncology and cancer control at Indiana University and in 2011 a career development award through Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI); both programs are funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Robb collaborates on research that has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Cancer Institute, Children's Oncology Group, Indiana CTSI, and the IU RESPECT center. Dr. Robb has published her research in the Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Music Therapy, Psycho-Oncology, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, Journal of Health Psychology, Cancer Nursing, and Music Therapy Perspectives. She serves as Editor for the Journal of Music Therapy and previously served on the editorial board of Music Therapy Perspectives. Dr. Robb is internationally recognized for her work in pediatric music therapy and was awarded an Outstanding Research/Publications Award (2006) from the American Music Therapy Association. For more information on music therapy and the Journal of Music Therapy, please visit the American Music Therapy Association website.

External Funding

Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center. (2012-open). Stories and music for parents and young children with cancer: A clinical feasibility study.

Children's Oncology Group. ANUR1131. (2011-open). Music video for AYA-parent communication and resilience. Co-Chair.

R01 CA162181. (2011-open). Music video for AYA-parent communication and resilience. MPI.

Indiana CTSI. KL2RR025760. (2010-open). Parent implemented active music engagement (AME) for young children with cancer: A clinical feasibility study.

R01 NR008583. (2005-2010). Music video and adolescent resilience during transplant. Co-investigator.

Selected Publications

Docherty, S., Robb, S. L., Phillips-Salimi, C. R., Cherven, B., Stegenga, K., Hendricks-Ferguson, V., Roll, L., Donovan-Stickler, M., & Haase, J. E. (in press). Parental perspectives on a behavioral health music intervention for adolescent/young adult resilience during cancer treatment: Report from the Children's Oncology Group. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Robb, S. L., Burns, D. S., & Carpenter, J. (2011). Reporting guidelines for music-based interventions. Journal of Health Psychology,16(2), 342-352. doi:10.1177/1359105310374781 PMCID: PMC3141224. Reprinted (2011) in Music and Medicine, 3(4), 271-279. doi:10.1177/1943862111420539

Robb, S. L., Burns, D. S., Docherty, S., & Haase, J. E. (2010). Ensuring treatment fidelity in a multi-site behavioral intervention study: Implementing NIH Behavior Change Consortium Recommendations in the SMART Trial. Psycho-Oncology, n/a. doi: 10.1002/pon.1845

Robb, S. L., & Carpenter, J. S. (2009). A review of music-based intervention reporting in pediatrics. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 490-501.

Robb, S. L., Clair, A. A., Watanabe, M., Monahan, P. O., Azzouz, F., Stouffer, J. W. et al. (2008). Non-randomized controlled trial of the active music engagement (AME) intervention on children with cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 17, 699-708.