As the only Master of Arts in Art Therapy program in Northern California, Dominican University of California offers an intimate on-campus learning environment designed to prepare students for successful careers in art therapy while encouraging the artistic and therapeutic process.

This site brings together a collection of master's theses from the students of the Art Therapy program.


Theses/Capstones from 2015

Accents in Visual Language: Correlating Language Script Directionality with Bridge Drawing Interpretations, Nava Attia-Benoit

An Object Relations Approach to LGBTQ Perspective of Self-Exploration Through Art, Brittany M. Dray

Art Therapy Trainee's Attitudes and Beliefs About Self-Care, Jennifer C. Priday

A Study of How Art Therapy May Cause Reduction of Anxiety and Increase in Reminiscing in Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia, Alexis Stephano

Decreasing Postpartum Depression Using Process Oriented Art Therapy, Stephanie Balistreri

Dyadic Art Therapy and Stress Reduction, Sara Clement

Eco-Art therapy's Effect on Existential Well-Being and Connectedness to Nature with Families Experiencing Bereavement, Faith Reyes


Enhancement of Empathy Among Elementary School Children of Varying Cultural Backgrounds, Gioia Schuler


Examining student athlete attitudes towards art therapy, Brendan T. H. McNally

Exploring the Coming Out Experience Through Animal Self-portraiture, Spencer John Lethbridge Fredin

Exploring the Efficacy of Transpersonal Art Therapy in Fostering Postraumatic Growth with Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care, Hope Schachter

Greek Subculture, Fan-Based Art-Making, and Identity Development: Implications for Use in Art Therapy, Kathryn C. Bender

Increasgin Self-Esteem and Self-Efficacy in Fromerly Incarcerated Adult Women Using Narrative Art Therapy, Caitlyn Ehisen

Increasing Communication with Couples Using Art Therapy, Jason Pierce

Increasing Hope: Using Cognitive Behavioral Art Therapy and mindfulness with Patients with Chronic Pain, Catherine Louise Falkenhagen

Increasing Quality of Life in Cystic Fibrosis Adolescents Using Art Therapy, Jennifer Eng

Increasing Relationship Satisfaction with Premarital Couples Using Art Therapy, Kristin Tai Clark

Increasing Self-Awareness in Women with Substance Abuse Disorders Utilizing Mindfulness Based Knitting in Group Art Therapy, Chelsea Owens

Military Uniform to hand-Made Paper: Potential Benefits of the Combat Paper Project, Jill E. Berryman

Pediatric Nurse Attitudes Towards Art Therapy and Mindfulness to Implement Self-care Practices, Sophia Stutes

Perceived Effectiveness of Allopathic, Naturopathic, and Art Therapies for Treatign Adult Anxiety and Depression: A Comparative Analysis, Ashley E.B. Altmeyer

Photography as Therapy: Reducing Chronic Stress in Women Experienceing Role-Overload, Christine M. Shea

Resolving Interpersonal Conflict Using an Art Therapy forgiveness Intervention, Sasha Georgeson

The Application of Mindfulness Based Art Therapy to Reduce Stress for Teachers, Melissa Jennifer Robinson


Using art therapy to reduce anxiety in college athletes transitioning out of sport, Theresa Hart Black

Using "Identity Tower":An Art Therapy Intervention for Increasing Perceived Social Identity in Workplace Groups, Julia Hammett

Viewing the AIDS Memorial Quilt: A Study on Empathic Attitudes and Behaviors, Social Advocacy and Art Therapy, Jeannie Star Olson

Theses/Capstones from 2014

An Art Therapy Program for Artists with Disabilities, Mariah Dancing

Art-Making in the Digital Age: Comparing the Use of Tablet Technology and Traditional Art Materials Among Studetns on the Autism Spectrum, Joleigh Davis-McBryan

Art Therapy and Transition with Retirees: A Narrative Appoach with Altered Books, Liana J. Shaw

Art Therapy as a Tool to Increase Independent Peer Interactions in Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Christel S.G. Berry

Art Therapy in Art Museums: Promoting Social Connectedness and Psychological Well-being of Older Adults, Rose Bennington

Art Therapy in Schools: Reducing Anxiety in English Learning Learners, Christina Clampett

Collage Art Therapy and Grief: How Art Therapy Can Improve Grief Symptoms and the Quality of Life for Adults in Bereavement, Lynne M. Prieto

Decreasing Social Isolation: Combining Narrative Therapy and Art Therapy in Supporting Veterans, Jose D. Rojales

Ecopsychology, Mindfulness, and Art Therapy Interventions to Reduce Emotional Dysregulation in the Nonsuicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) Population, Kasey L. Connors

GREAT: Open Studio Program to Assess and Treat PTSD in Veterans, Gretchen Gullicksen Grant

Mindfulness Based Art Therapy Used to Facilitate Mindfulness and Promote Positive Coping Skills for Nurses Experiencing Occupational Stress and Related Symptoms, Frances Fazzio

Stories Unearthed: Clay therapy with Older Adults Using a Narrative Art Therapy Approach, Maria G. Sandidad

The Difference in Self-Efficacy Between First Year and Final Year Graduate Students in Art Therapy Training, Ya-Wen Huang

The Emergence of Critical Thinking in Children: A Cognitive-Behavioral Inquiry-based Art Therapy Program, Corinne Hajnik

The Impact of Response Art on Therapist Empathic Understanding: Drawing a Picture from a Client's Perspective, Alison Jackson

The Meaning of Art Therapy and Equine Assisted Therapy with Adolescents, Samantha Louise Tucker

Using Art Therapy and TF-CBT to Reduce Anxiety adn Depression in Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended, Kathryn King

Using Narrative Art Therapy to Explore Acculturative Stress Among First Generation Japanese Immigrant Women Married to U.S.-Born Spouses, Yasuno Yoshizawa

Theses/Capstones from 2013

"Art of Dreaming" A Humanistic-Experiential Approach for Integrating Art Therapy into a Dream Group, Clementine Do

Art Therapy and Chinese Immigrant Mental Health: Acculturation of Chinese Adolescents in the United States - A Female Chinese Teenager Support Group, Chia-I Ruby Jen

Art Therapy and Movimeiento with Hispanic Youth, Alexis Nicole Aquino

Art Therapy as a Treatment Modality for Processing Recurring Dreams and Anxiety, Nicole Hallenbeck

A Survey of Sandplay Therapy Practices Among Licensed Psychotherapists, Melissa Sherman