Our Program at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital is has been in operation since September 2016. Our rockstar music therapist Jenna Bollard serves all pediatric units at the Westwood location and also provides services at the Santa Monica location. Music Therapy UCLA has now impacted over 600 patients!

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Jenna Bio

Jenna Bollard MT-BC

Jenna Bollard is our music therapist at Mattel Children’s UCLA. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music therapy from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and Master’s degree in Music therapy from New York University.  Jenna received specialization certifications in NICU Music Therapy, Neurologic Music Therapy and Sound Birthing Music Therapy and is also a Certified Child Life Specialist. Jenna has experience working in a diverse range of clinical settings and has experience working with a variety of populations ranging from special education, hospice (both adult and pediatric), palliative care, inpatient psychiatric, PTSD and military, substance abuse recovery programs, at risk youth, premature infants and their families, rehabilitation, the oncology setting, the general hospital setting, homelessness assistance programs and mental health programs. Jenna’s Music Therapy philosophy is informed by patient and family-centered concepts and her main goal is to empower the patients and their families and provide understanding of the families unique and individual needs.

Music Therapy Impact

Music Therapy services at Mattel have resulted in increased patient satisfaction, increased staff morale, improved non-pharmacological symptom management and has created a progressive and positive reputation within the community through clinical services and positive media opportunities for the hospital. Music Therapy services are cost-effective, evidenced based and provide a significant clinical and environmental impact.

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Jenna has started a vibrant internship program that provides training and mentorship to three music therapy interns at all times. Clinical internship programs are a crucial part of music therapy education and help to bring more highly trained music therapists into the workforce. Her internship program also makes it possible to impact many more patients with music therapy services.

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The Future

To better serve the patients at UCLA, we are working towards creating a second music therapy position. We are only seeing a fraction of the patients that could benefit from music therapy. Donate today to help us make this dream a reality.

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