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Sam Rodgers-Melnick, MT-BC

Patient Support Professional
Music Therapist
Seidman Cancer Center
University Hospitals of Cleveland
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Samuel Rodgers-Melnick, MT-BC is a music therapist specializing in the care of adults with sickle cell disease (SCD). As a clinician at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Sam developed several interventions directed at improving pain management outcomes in adults with SCD in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

He developed a structured music therapy program for young adults with SCD aimed at improving self-efficacy, trust in the medical profession, and SCD knowledge in collaboration with the pediatric and adult SCD teams. He also designed and constructed the first mobile recording studio for the University Hospitals system.

Currently Sam is focusing his research on developing and investigating a comprehensive multi-session intervention to address quality of life and chronic pain in individuals with SCD and also serves as the principal investigator for two music therapy research studies examining the effects of music therapy on adults with sickle cell disease.

He also contributed to the research article published in 2017 titled “The effects of music therapy on transition outcomes in adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease.”