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 2011

Art Therapy: Couple Experience an Elevation of Mood Following Creating a Mandala Together, Patricia J. Doolittle

Assessing Inmate Attachment Through the Bird's Nest Drawing: Art Therapy in a Correctional Setting, Lucas Patrick Ketelle

Coping Resources Among First Generation Korean-American Elders, Minhee Huh

Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy and Bookmaking to Promote Protective Resiliency of Children Living in a Homeless Shelter, Hyun A. Lee

Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy in Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial to Enhance Quality of Life, Marise Lariviere

Fostering Self-Esteem in Adolescent with Epidermolysis Bullosa: Group Art Therapy in Summer Camp, Jennifer Innes

Group Art Therapy to Reduce Stress in Aging and Elderly People with Intellectual Disabilities, Mandi Baughman

Honoring Mothers with Self-Car Through the Use of Art, Kathleen Dancing Brand

Multimedia Life Memories as Life Review for Alzheimer's Family Caregivers, Clara Joon-Hee Kim Hahn

Original and Digital AVPT: An Art-Based Assessment Comparison Study, Catherine Pei-Fang Hsin

Pediatric Medical Art Therapy: A Grant to Implement an Art Therapy Position to an Existing Artist-In-Residence Program, Hayley D. Oggel

Pro-Active Social Skills (PASS) Program: Using Art Therapy, Positive Psychology, Skillstreaming, and Values in Action to Develop Positive Social Skills, Shanon Alana Murray

The Application of Art Therapy's Scribble Drawing Art Directive in Grief Counseling With Adults, Jennifer F. Liu

The Triple Spiral at Newgrange: Historical Research of its Signifigance and Implications for Art Therapy, Jacqueline Eaton

The Use of Madalas to Reduce Stress in a Homeless Shelter and A Correlation Study of Parent-Child Stress Levels and AVPT Image Choice, Coralia Cooper

The Use of Mandalas as a Developmental Assessment of Emerging Adulthood, Sara Barulich

The Use of Photo Art Therapy to Increase Self-Esteem in Hispanic Adolescents, Janet Siegel

Using Precision Drawing Tools with Men in Art Therapy, Jeremy H. Montieth

Theses/Capstones from 2010

A Cross-Cultural Look at the Emotional Response to Color: Implications for the Field of Art Therapy, Kathryn Foley

A Qualitative Heuristic Art Therapy Study of Biracial Vietnamese-European Americans and Identity Formation, Erica Doreen Orth

Art Therapy and Autism: Group and Individual Art Therapy to Enhance Social Skills in Children with ASD, Nissa Jackman

Art Therapy and Lifebooks to Facilitate Foster Children's Grief Process, Angela Anderson

Art Therapy Group for Depressed Mothers in Substance Abuse Remission, Ashley Bart

Art Therapy with Minority Special Needs Children, Charice N. Mabry

Art with Heart's Chill & Spill Journal: A Cognitive-Behavioral and Narrative Approach to Art Therapy to Reduce Anxiety in Adolescent Siblings of Children with Cancer, Carrie Mulqueen

A Study Exploring the Use of hte Person Picking an Apple Assessment and the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale with Groups of Artists and Non-Artists, Jacquelynn Brooke Adams

At-Risk Adolescent Girls and Fostering Positive Self Identity: Creative Clothing Design as a Narrative Art Therapy Approach, Fei-Fei Chang

Decreasing Anxiety and Depression Through Art Therapy with Self-Identified Adult Lesbians, Sonja Carrington

Decreasing Anxiety, Improving Social Behavioral Issues and Fostering Resiliency Through CBT-Oriented Art Therapy with Homeless Children, Takako Uemura

Healing from Eating Disorders: The Journey from Narrative Writing to Art Therapy, Stephanie Schultze

Just of Kids, A Bilingual Substance Abuse PRevention Program Using Art Therapy with 2nd adn 3rd Graders: Increasing Self-Esteem and the Potential to Identify Familial Substance Abuse, Stephanie M. Soto

Multicultural Competence in Art Therapy: A Pilot Survey, Joelle L. Crepsac

Native American Experience: The Circle as an Expression of Cultural Identity, Erin Kristine Lamon

Navigating a Path to Multicultural Awareness and Sensitivity as an Art Therapist, Kerry A. Hogin

Preferred Symbols by Gay Men Utilizing the Arrington Visual Preference Test: A Jungian Based Construct, Constantino Sacasa

Rite of Passage and Art Therapist Identity Development: Awareness and Meaning, James L. Shurter

Self-Esteem Enhancing Therapeutic Art Activities with Socioeconomicaly Disadvantaged Latency-Age Children, Patti L. Anastasi

Strength-Based Art Therapy Group for Teen Mothers, Sara Fryer

The Bicultural Identity Development (BID) Art Therapy Intervention with Hispanic Adults, Ariella Cook

The Effect and Experience of Clearing a Space with Art on Stress Reduction in Sign Language Interpreters, Ari-Asha Castalia

The Role of Thematic Art Therapy in Quality of Life Issues with Older Adults Diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Devora Weinapple

Theses/Capstones from 2009

A Qualitative Art Therapy Group Study of Individuals Folding 1,000 Origami Cranes for Loved Ones, Kristyn Tanaka

Creating a Voice: An Art Therapy Group for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Angelena Gagliardi

Does The Picture Fit the Diagnosis? A Comparison of an Art Therapy Assessment, A Person Picking an Apple From a Tree (PPAT) and Existing DSM IV-TR Diagnoses in Children with Severe Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities, Susan Cirillo

Expressing the Inexpressible Emotions of Grief and Loss Through Art and Poetry: A Twelve-Week Pilot Program for Grieving Adolescents, Leah Moreno

Integrating Art Theapy into Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Individual Treatment for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma, Amy Schillinger

Memories in the Making: An Art Therapy Group for Individuals Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease or a Related Form of Dementia, Erin Lynn Morgan

Narrative Art Therapy with Adult Sibling Dyads, Sara Bulger

New Perspectives of Self Through the Aperture: The Use of Photo-Art Therapy to Enhance Self-Esteem of Adolescents Lining in a Homeless Shelter, Mimi Mei Chi Tung

Raising Self-Esteem in Adolescent Females Through the Use of Art Therapy and Storytelling, Raphaelle Lamoureux Novotny