Jessica Jarivs, PhD, MT-BC

  • Assistant Professor
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Jarvis is a rehabilitation scientist with a clinical background as a music therapist working in pediatric critical care. Currently, she is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where she works within multidisciplinary teams and uses quantitative and qualitative approaches in her program of research to address two main lines of inquiry: (1) determining trajectories of functional recovery post-pediatric critical illness for children and their families; and (2) developing mechanistic, nonpharmacologic interventions to improve PICU and post-PICU functioning. Dr. Jarvis recently completed a T32 fellowship which included testing the feasibility of a music therapy intervention to decrease stress and pain during mechanical ventilation in the PICU, to potentially alleviate the need for sedatives and remediate the psychologic sequela of pediatric critical illness.


Dr. Jarvis' publications are indexed in PubMed

Education & Training

  • BM in Music Therapy, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY, 2012
  • PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 2017
  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2019
  • T32 Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA, 2021