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Dr. Kyna Elliott graduated Summa Cum Laude with a doctorate in leadership specializing in international education. Her dissertation titled ‘Arts Integration on Intercultural Competence in International Undergraduate Students: A Qualitative Study’ was published in 2020. In 2021 Kyna authored a chapter titled ‘Trauma-Informed Leadership in the 21st Century’ for the education resource book ‘Barriers for Teaching 21st-Century Competencies and the Impact of Digitalization’ published by IGI Global. Kyna has a bachelor's and master's in cello performance and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music graduate program. She is a member of the international honor society Kappa Delta Pi and Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity. Combining her specialties of leadership, international education, trauma, and the arts, she continues to work with marginalized communities using music and the arts as a tool for resiliency and social change.


Doctorate in Educational Leadership, specialism in International Education (Summa cum laude)
Masters Music Performance, cello
Bachelors Music Performance, cello

School for International Training Graduate Institute

CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program: Conflict resolution, peacekeeping, restorative justice


International Society for Music Education World Conference Award

Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship

Graduate full-tuition music performance scholarship

Undergraduate full-tuition music performance scholarship


International Teaching Artist Collaborative 

International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement
International Society for Music Educators
Americans for the Arts
American String Teachers Association
National Association for Music Educators
Georgia Music Educators Association


Certified Trauma Support Specialist
Music Education k-12th Grade


'Research Anthology on Interventions in Student Behavior and Misconduct' on trauma-informed leadership in organizational settings.

Handbook of Research on Barriers for Teaching 21st-Century Competencies and the Impact of Digitalization

Copyright: © 2021 

Chapter 18 - Trauma Informed Leadership in the 21st Century
Contributor: Kyna Elliott

Speaker and Clinician

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