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 2013

AVPT Art Assessment with Survivors of Human Trafficking, Jessica Jarocki

Bereaved Adults' Art Therapy Group, Andrea Hans

CAS with Art and Chronic Pain: The Effects of Clearing a Space with Art on Women with Chronic Pain, Jenny McGrath

Creating Symbols to Identify and Stabilize Character Traits: Using Art Therapy and Positive Psychology Perspective with Adolescents in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment, Faith Matter-Kratzer

Dance Movement and Narrative Art Therapy for Adolescent Girls: A Combined Treatment Approach, Lindsay Parkinson

Digital Art Therapy with Older Adults: An Exploration of the iPad as a Medium, Melissa Kinches

Dreams, Art and Well-Being: A Positive Psychology Approach to Bringing Awareness to Dreams, Margaret Ann Gammie

Examining the Effects of an Art Therapy Group on Resilience and Externalizing Problems with Sixth Grade Latino Males Transitioning to Middle School, Yesenia Villa

Focus on Fatherhood: A Visual Journe Using Phototherapy Techniques With At-Risk Teen Fathers, Abby Zimberg

Fostering Resiliency in School Aged Children Through Art Therapy Group Interventions, Ruth Doyle

Harnessing Technology: Art Therapy as Early Intervention in School-Based Counseling for Latino Adolescents with Low SES, Tiffany Landis

Identifying Contemporary Feminist Awareness Through Art: The History and Role of Empowerment in a Proposed Feminist Art Therapy Working Model, Erika Pappas

I Feel Beautiful: A Narrative Art Therapy Group Designed to Increase Positive Body Image and Self-Esteem in Adult Women, Chelsea Hunter

Increasing Optimism in Adolescents: An Integrative Intervention of Positive Psychology, The Mindup Program, Mindfulness, Yoga, and Art Therapy, Elizabeth Doyle

Increasing Resilience Through Art Therapy in Children with Domestic Violence Exposure, Katleen M. Gilliland

Journeys of Resilience: Awareness of Self-Strength and Coping in the Young Adult Alopecia Areata Population Through Madala Art Therapy, Heather Curtis

Lifting the Voices of Second-Generation Latinos in the Community Through Film, Emily Claire Beirl

Making Meaning of Diabetes Through Art Therapy: An Adjunct to Disease Management in Pediatric Youth, Christine Chanteloup

Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy and Stress Reduction with Veterans Living in Transitional Housing, Chanel R. Wittmershaus

Narrative Art Therapy with Career Counseling to Promote Insight and Decsion-making After Experienceing Job Loss, Sara J. Armstrong

Reminiscence Through Collage: Elders newly Transitioning into an Assisted Living Community, Kelly Kanclerowicz

Speaking of the Unspoken: A Phenomenological Inquiry of Women's Experiences of a First Trimester Induced Abortion Through Particiaption in a Post-Abortion Art Therapy Group, Camille de Meneses

The Efficacy of Creating an Art Based Plant Terrarium as a "Living Altar" to Help Individuals Cope with the Loss of a Companion Animal, Sari Pace

The Implications of TV and Screen Time on the Cognitive Development of Children and the Benefits of Partaking in Art Activities, Marie A. Binlot

The Utilization of Art Therapy and Narrative Therapy in a Support Group for Adults with Facial Disfigurement After Treatment of Cancer, Ornit R. Shoham

Using Art Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Improve the Quality of Recovery in Post-Operative Patients with Amputations, Jan-Gabrielle Galiñanes

Using Art Therapy with Impoverished Adolescents to Assist Them in Identifying and REdefining Their use of Defencse Mechanisms to Positiviely Impact Their Interactions in Multiple Environments, Alisa Cartner

Using the Bridge Art Therapy Assessment to Measure Resiliency Levels in Latino Immigrants: A Review of the Literature, Vanessa Ventura

Using the Kinetic-Family-Drawing (KFD) to Assess Attachment in a Young Adult Population, Jonathan Etkin

Theses/Capstones from 2012

A Qualitative Study Utilizing Grounded Theory: themes Expressed Throughout Art Therapy Interventions with Siblings of Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Patients, Lauren Emmett

Art Therapists Experiential Interview Using Art Therapy for Individuals with Autism, Melina Diana Antichevich

Art Therapy in Hospice and Palliative Care Setting, Sheryl Llarena

Body Invasion: Cancer Survivorship and Quality of Life, Andrea M. Zihar

Books of Grace: Participatory Action Research, Narrative Art Therapy, and Altered Book Making With Adult Members of Gracious Community Center, Creating Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Development and Change, Isa Reser

Color and Emotions: Exploring How Middle-Aged Adults Associate Color and Emotion, Jamie Giannotti

Culturally Sensitive Art Therapy Group with Latina Adolescents, Priscilla Gomez

Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy as a Means of Stress Reduction With Graduate Students, Liz Weiland

Henna Serves as Visual Reminder for Goals or Tasks in an Art Therapy Session, Janali Savarimuthu

Integrating Ecotherapy and Art Therapy to Foster Professional Identity Formation, Elizabeth A. Brandt

"Just Like Us" A Mural Painting Project With Children Living at an Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter, Rachel Howard (Nova)

Normative Study of Art by Children on Autism Spectrum Age 2-14 Years: A Pilot Study, Cora Wood

Playing Together: Using Art-Based Shared Creative Play to Promot Creative Engagement for Elders, Anne D. Danberg

Smoking Cessation and Art Therapy: A Cognitive-Behavioral and Mindfulness Approach to Quitting Cigarettes, Autumn Bayliss

The Efficacy of Sandplay as an Art Therapy Intervention to Improve Communication Between Children With Autism and Their Familes, Julie Rittenmyer

Understanding Parenting Styles, Parenting Satisfaction, and Bird's Nest Drawings of Chinese Immigrant and Euro-American Mothers, Susan M. Lindblade

Unfolding the Story of Creativity: A Narrative-Visual Approach to Understanding the Impact of Parents and Teachers on the Development fo Creativity, Amy K. Hill

Using Draw-A-Person in the Rain Projective Drawing Assessment in Measuring Resilience and Coping in Children, Maria Paull

Using Idiomatic Expressions as a Stimulus for Art Therapy with Adolescents With Asperger's and High-Functioning Autism, Kristen Haney

What is Family? Examining Polyamorous Families: Implications for Art Therapists, Jessie Craig

Theses/Capstones from 2011

A Qualitative Study with Art Therapists on the Use of Art as Self-Care in Addressing Vicarious Trauma, Rachel A. Votaw