Roy Kennedy is director of the music therapy program at the University of Georgia. He teaches courses in music therapy and research in addition to supervising clinical experiences in hospital and school settings. His current research is focused on using music to teach English to Hispanic students who come from exclusively Spanish-speaking backgrounds. Other research interests include the use of guitar in therapy sessions with juvenile delinquents and disadvantaged children, and using music therapy with adults who suffer from substance abuse.
Kennedy holds a Ph.D. in music education with an emphasis in music therapy from the University of Kansas, a master's degree in music education from East Carolina University, and a bachelor's degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.