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ChihChen Sophia Lee, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC

ChihChen Sophia Lee, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC

Professor, Director of Music Therapy

Department: Music

Office: 104 Belle Becker Building – Music Therapy Center

Phone: 580.774.3218


Dr. ChihChen Sophia Lee, Oklahoma State Licensed Professional Music Therapist (LPMT), Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC), is the Director of Music Therapy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma. Part of her duties have included teaching music therapy core courses, applied piano lessons, Class Piano V & VI supervising student music therapists’ clinical experiences, as well as providing music therapy services via the SWOSU Music Therapy Center. 

Professionally active at the local, regional, national, and international levels, Dr. Lee has published, co-authored, and presented numerous papers as well as the Continuing Education for Music Therapists (CMTE) courses in peer-reviewed professional journals, books and other professional publications, and conferences in music therapy and expressive arts therapy. She has also been invited to provide professional consultations, workshops and in-service presentations for healthcare professionals and educators regionally and internationally, including serving on the Standards of Clinical Practice Committee and Academic Program Approval Committee of American Music Therapy Association (Southwestern Region Representative), asthe keynote clinical trainer for projects sponsored by the United Nation International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and as visiting professor at international institutions such as the University of Taipei (formerly known Taipei Municipal University of Education), National Sun Yat Sun University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and Central Conservatory of Music of Beijing, China

A graduate of University of Minnesota (Ph.D., M.A.) and Ohio University (B.M.), Dr. Lee’s research interests evolve from Music Therapy Distance Education, human psychophysiological reactions and processes to music stimuli, international/multiculturalism in music therapy, and ethnomusicology. She also studied piano primarily with Alexander Braginsky, Richard Syracuse, Ming-Hsin Hsu, and Fu-Mei Liu, and remains pianistically active in studio teachings, adjudications, solo and collaborative performances. Clinically, Dr. Lee has worked at the long-term care facilities, hospice care services, Intermediate Care Facilities for adult with intellectual disabilities, midway houses/shelters for women, adolescents, and children experiencing domestic violence and substance abuse, educational institutions serving children/adolescents receiving early intervention, special education, and Alternative Education.

Office Hours

Monday  10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tuesday — 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wednesday  10 a.m.
Thursday  2 p.m.

Virtual office hours via e-mail or by appointments

Courses Taught

Course No. Course Title
1172 Introduction to Music Therapy
2081 Field Studies I
2181 Field Studies II
2222 Recreational Music
3113 Music Therapy II: MT in Mental Health/Illness
3123 Music Therapy IV: Psychology of Music
3181 MTCompetencies and Professional Ethics
4011 Keyboard Improvisation for Music Therapists
4020 Senior Research Project
4182 Research and Statistics
4242 – 4 Music Therapy V
  Applied Piano Lessons
5233 History & Contemporary Global/Cultural Issues in Music Therapy (Graduate)
5263 Legislative & Business Issues in Music Therapy Practices (Graduate)
5283 Research in Music: Qualitative & Mixed Methods (Graduate)
5982 Thesis