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Research, Grants, and Suggested Readings

Lone Oak utilizes research to guide and improve our practice. We pride ourselves on continued education and self-improvement. 

Suggested Readings

This is Your Brain on Music
By: Daniel J Levitin, PhD

Dr. Levitin is a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and session musician who explores the connection between music and the human brain. He looks at the effects of music on the mind, using examples ranging from Mozart, to Metallica, to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. Levitin addresses how composers use music to affect the way our brains make sense of the world, and even theorizes how humans emotionally attach to music. According to Levitin, music is more fundamental to humans than language. 


Lone Oak is committed to practice driven by research. Lone Oak is in the process of collecting data and writing research around our practices. This research is approved by the Millersville University Institutional Review Board. 


Dr. Girvin has been featured in publications and journals such as Advances in Social Work, Child Care Journal, Contemporary Rural Social Work, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Research on Social Work Practice. 

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