Mary Cohen, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Iowa with a joint position in the College of Education and the School of Music, was recently a guest on Iowa Public Radio's Talk of Iowa.
Cohen researches music-making and wellness with respect to prison contexts, writing and songwriting, and collaborative communities. Since 2009, she has led the Oakdale Prison Community Choir, comprised of men in custody in the Oakdale Prison and women and men from the community.
Cohen co-wrote Music-Making in U.S. Prisons: Listening to Incarcerated Voices with her colleague Stuart Paul Duncan. Both been involved in music programs at prisons in the United States and were interviewed by Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe.