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College of Fine Arts Research Profiles

Jill Sonke
Center for Arts in Medicine

Director of Center for Arts in Medicine
T: 273-1488

College of Fine Arts
University of Florida
P.O. Box 115900
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5900

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Research Interests:

arts, creativity, health, rural communities

Research Summary:

Jill Sonke is director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida (UF) and Assistant Director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine. She serves on the faculty of the UF Center for Arts in Medicine, and is an affiliated faculty member in the School of Theatre & Dance, the Center for African Studies, and the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.  Jill is also an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow in the UF Warrington College of Business, a College of Fine Arts Teaching Fellow, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Global Alliance for Arts & Health.

Ms. Sonke's research is focussed on the arts and health, and includes qualitative and quantiative studies.  Some of her recent and studies explore dance and Parkinson's disease, the impact of arts programming on the medical-surgical environment of care and nursing stress, the arts in rural communities, and the effect of music on cost and quality of care in the emergency department.

Jill is the recipient of a New Forms Florida Fellowship Award, a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Award, an Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, a UF Internationalizing the Curriculum Award, a UF Most Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award, and over ninety grants for her programs and research at the University of Florida.


MA, Human Services 

BA, Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Arts in Healthcare

Key Professional Appointments:

Director, UF Center for Arts in Medicine

Assistant Director, Shands Arts in Medicine

Affiliate Faculty, Center for African Studies

Affiliate Faculty, Center for Movement Disorders and Neuroresoration

Board Member, Arts in Healthcare Certification Commission

Consultant, Global Alliance for Arts & Health


Keynote Speaker, Arts Care International Conference: Sustaining Creativity in Healthcare, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Keynote Speaker, University of Michigan: Health, Arts and the Human Condition Seminar, This is your Brain on Dance

Keynote Speaker, Conference on Caring for the Caregivers, Tokyo, Japan

Keynote Speaker, Dance in Medicine Symposium: Georgetown University, Washington DC

Grand Rounds Presenter: Evidence-based Practice and Research in Neuroscience and the Arts, Tampa General Hospital

American Medical Association: The Arts & Health

State Offices of Rural Health Conference: Arts in Healthcare for Rural Communities

Society of General Internal Medicine, Poster Presentation: Digital technology use and interest in digital health interventions among persons attending public health


  • Kresge Foundation
  • State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
  • Parkinson Research Foundation
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • US Department of Commerce
  • National Institute on Aging
  • US Department of Defense


  • Excellence in Teaching Award, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development
  • Most Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award, University of Florida
  • Center for Worlds Arts Fellow
  • Internationalizing the Curriculum Award, University of Florida
  • Distinguished Fellow, Society for the Arts in Healthcare


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