• Honors Performance, University of Western Ontario 
  • Concert Diploma, Concordia University, Montreal
  • Masters in Interpretation, University of Montreal 
  • BMT, University of Québec in Montréal
  • PhD, music therapy, Temple University

Prior to joining Temple, Dr. Eyre was Associate Professor and Director of Music Therapy (2014-2018) at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania, and Assistant Professor at Immaculata (2008-2013). She was also an adjunct professor in music therapy at the University of Quebec in Montreal (2000-2005) and a teacher and examiner for the McGill Conservatory of Music in Montreal (1998-2003).

In 1995, she founded and developed a music therapy program in psychiatry at the Montreal General Hospital in the McGill University Heath System where she worked until 2006. She worked with numerous health care teams to offer music therapy to persons with chronic and acute mental illness in the inpatient, day hospital, and rehabilitation/recovery units of the hospital. During this time, with a psychology colleague, she co-founded Le groupe Musiart, a performing arts group and choir for persons with serious mental illness. This group received an award for the Most Innovative Event for Mental Health Awareness Week from the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 2000. 

While at the McGill University Hospital Center, Eyre obtained start-up funding grants from the Music Therapy Trust Fund (Canada) to introduce music therapy programs in long-term care and in dialysis, both of which were granted continuance by the hospital. She has worked extensively in psychiatry and in community mental health, in medical settings, and with adults in private practice.

While a PhD candidate at Temple University, Eyre won the Doctoral Research Award for dissertation research completed under the guidance of Dr. Kenneth Bruscia. In 2010 she completed her training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music and became a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery. Her clinical work led her to seek innovative treatments for trauma, including attending a seminar on Complex Trauma with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, certification in Energy Psychology (Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology), and trainings in Reiki, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) with Linda Curran and Attachment focused EMDR with Laurel Parnell. Her research interests include applications of narrative therapy practices in music therapy, recovery in mental health, and clinical music improvisation. She serves on the editorial review board of Music Therapy Perspectives and the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy. Among her many article and chapter publications is her edited book, Guidelines to Music Therapy Practice in Mental Health, published in 2013 by Barcelona Publishers.

Works and Publications

Eyre, L. (In progress). Music Therapy and a Holistic Treatment for Mental Health. In C. Fracasso, S. Krippner, & H. Friedman, (Eds). A mental health practitioners’ guide to holistic treatments. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing.

Eyre, L. (In Progress). Theoretical approaches to supervision. In M. Forinash (Ed.), Music therapy supervision (2nd ed.).  University Park, IL: Barcelona Publishers

Eyre, L. (2016). Analysis and Interpretation of Clinical Data in Interpretivist Research. In B. Wheeler & K. Murphy (Eds.), Research in Music Therapy, 3rd Edition. Barcelona Publishers.

Eyre, L.  (Ed.). (2015). Special Focus: Mental Health. Music Therapy Perspectives, 33(2).

Eyre, L. (2015). Music therapy in mental health: Practice, theory, research, and professional perspectives. Music Therapy Perspectives, 33(2), 87-90.

Eyre, L. & Lee, J.-H.(2015). Mixed methods survey of professional perspectives of music therapy practice in mental health. Music Therapy Perspectives, 33(2), 162-181.

Eyre, L. (2014). Music therapy for trauma treatment: Theory and music experiences. Seoul, Korea: National Association for Korean Music Therapists.

Eyre, L. (Ed.). (2013). Guidelines for Music Therapy Practice in Mental Health.  Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

Eyre, L. (2013). Adult groups in the inpatient setting. In L. Eyre, (Ed.), Guidelines for Music Therapy Practice in Mental Health. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

Eyre, L. (2013). Adults in a recovery model setting. In, L. Eyre, (Ed.), Guidelines for Music Therapy Practice in Mental Health. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

Eyre, L. (2013). Introduction to music therapy practice in mental health. In, L. Eyre, (Ed.), Guidelines for Music Therapy Practice in Mental Health. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

Eyre, L. (2013). Eighteen entries. In K. Kirkland (Ed.), Dictionary of Music Therapy. London, UK: Routledge Press.

Eyre, L. & Brooks, D. (In Progress). Supervision of Music Therapy Students in Clinical Training. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

Eyre, L. (2013). [Review of the book, Invitation to Community Music Therapy. Stige, B., & Aarø, E. (2012).]. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 19(1), 92-96.

Eyre, L. (2011). Therapeutic Chorale for Persons with Chronic Mental Illness: A Descriptive Survey of Participant Experiences. Journal of Music Therapy, 2011, 48(2), 149-167. 

Eyre, L. (2011). [Review of the book, Self-esteem, recovery and the performing arts: A textbook and guide for mental health practitioners, educators, and students. Douglass, D. (2011).]. Music Therapy Perspectives, 29(1), 86-87.

Eyre, L. (2011). From ego disintegration to recovery of self: the contribution of Lacan’s theories in understanding the role of music therapy in the treatment of a woman with psychosis. In A. Meadows (Ed.), Developments in music therapy practice: Case study perspectives (pp. 385-399). Gilsum NH: Barcelona Publishers.

Brooks, D., Bradt, J., Eyre, L., Hunt, A., & Dileo, C. (2010). Creative approaches for reducing burnout in medical personnel. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 37(3), 255-263.

Eyre, L. (2010). [Review of the book, Emotional processes in music therapy, Pellitteri, J. (2009).]. Music Therapy Perspectives, 28(1), 89-90.

Eyre, L. (2008). Medical Music Therapy and Kidney Disease: The Development of a Clinical Method for Persons Receiving Hemodialysis. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 14(1), 56-87.

Eyre, L. (2007). The Marriage of Music and Narrative: Explorations in Art, Therapy, and Research. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. DOI:

Eyre, L. (2007). Changes in music, images and life events in analytical music therapy: A reconstruction of Mary Priestley's case study of "Curtis." In A. Meadows, (Ed.), Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy, Volume 3. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

Eyre, L. (2007) [Review of the book: Music, music therapy and trauma: International perspectives, J. Sutton, Ed.]. The Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 13 (1), 61-69.

Eyre, L. (2006). [Review of the book: Sounding the self: Analogy in improvisation music therapy, H. Smeijsters]. Music Therapy Perspectives, 24, 121-123.

Eyre, L. (2004). [Review of the book: Inside music therapy: Client experiences, J. Hibben, Ed.]. Music Therapy Perspectives, 22, 132-133.

Eyre, L. (2003). Into the labyrinth: Music therapy in the treatment of an individual with chronic schizophrenia. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 10 (1), 8-32.

Eyre, L. (2000). Psychological Processes in Improvisational Music Therapy. Proceedings of the Creative Arts Therapies Conference (CATS), October 2000, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

Eyre, L. (1988). Diane. Kaleidoscope. Toronto: Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund.

Eyre, L. (1988). L'image, le symbole et la signification: dans le labyrinthe de communication schizophrénique. L'Onde, bulletin de l'Association québecoise de musicothérapie, 4,(1).