Louise Montello is a certified music therapist/psychoanalyst, clinical research scientist in the department of psychology at New York University, and founder/director of the Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program at New School University, where she has been teaching for nine years. She is also associate editor of the International Journal of Arts.
Cofounder of Musician's Wellness, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation designed to promote wellness for professional musicians, Louise has been lecturing on the healing powers of music for over a decade. She has conducted workshops at Arts, Medicine and Music Therapy conferences all over Europe, Asia, Scandinavia, and the U.S.
In 1992, Louise presented her work at the American Occupational Health Conference in Washington, D.C. In 1993, she was invited to lead a seminar at the First U.S./Japan Arts Medicine Leaders Conference in Tokyo. The organizers of the 5th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science invited Louise to Tel Aviv, Israel, to present her work on understanding the relationship between stress and immunity in professional musicians.
Having conducted workshops in Hamburg and Berlin, Louise is well known in the German music therapy community. She has also been an artist-in-residence at the Gotenberg Conservatory in Sweden, at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and at the Manhattan School of Music.
Along with her research and clinical work, she is also a free-lance jazz pianist and composer. Louise currently lives in New York City.