Russell Hilliard, PhD, LCSW, LCAT, MT-BC, CHRC

Russell Hilliard, PhD, LCSW, LCAT, MT-BC, CHRC
Russell Hilliard, PhD, LCSW, LCAT, MT-BC, CHRC

is the Senior VP, Patient Experience & Staff Development at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care based out of Chicago, IL and the Founder of the Center for Music Therapy in End of Life Care.

His research, advocacy, and consultation have resulted in the development of first- time music therapy programs in hospices throughout the nation, thereby creating many new music therapy positions. He is the author of the text, Hospice and
Palliative Care Music Therapy: A Guide to Program Development and Clinical Care,
and his research has been published in a wide variety of scholarly journals. He also wrote a chapter titled, Music and Grief Work with Children and Adolescents, in a book titled Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, edited by Cathy A. Malchiodi. Dr. Hilliard has provided keynote addresses for healthcare conferences and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences world wide.


~ Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education
Emphasis in Music Therapy and Social Work
Florida State University

~ Master of Social Work
Clinical Practice Tract
Florida International University

~ Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy
Florida State University


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker; NY, FL, & IL.
  • Licensed Creative Arts Therapist; NY
  • Music Therapist-Board Certified; Certification Board for Music Therapists