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 2009

Reflective Materials and the Use of Glitter in Art Therapy, Amber Dee Mazza

The Creation of Roadside Memorials: Art Therapy in Response to Sudden and Traumatic Loss, Kathy Dodge

The Experience of Open Cerami Studio as Art Therapy for Thsoe Who Have Suffered from Stroke or Other Acquired Disabilities, Barbara Bailey-Porter

The Human Figure Drawing: A Survey of Art Therapists, Laura N. Rutledge

Using Art Therapy to Express Family of Origin Issues for Developing Empathy with Couples, Jacqueline Lumer

Using the Feats With the Person Picking an Apple From A Tree Art Directive to Diagnose Depression in SEB/SBD Children Placed in Special Education Classrooms, K. Paige Donnell

Theses/Capstones from 2008

A Collective Group Art Intervention for Aggressive Adolescents to Increase Their Anger Control Skills, Miyuki F. Coirin

A Comparison of Art Material Preferences in Anorexia and Bulima Nervosa: A Survey of Clinicians, Alissa Garcia

An Art Therapy Technique of Story Making: Sandplay Story Through Digital Comic Storytelling, Yulia M. Shin

Art Therapy, Communication and Emotional Expression: Exploring Joint-Drawing Directives with Couples, Kristina Goldbach

Plaster Hand Casting With Adolescents as a Means of Building Identity, Julie Anderson

Understanding the Natural Lives of Trees: Implications for Art Therapists, Nuquynhthi Velasquez

Utilizing an Identity-Based Art and Peer Group with At-Risk Youth: Supporting Identity Processes, Kelli Rae Avina

Theses/Capstones from 2007


Stained Glass at the Cutter's Edge, Jocelyn Fitzgerald

Theses/Capstones from 2006

A Cross Cultural Study of Evil Eye Symbols and Amulets, Sharon Gobuty

Community Art Therapy Group Intervention for Adolescents Battling Eating Disorders, Yulia Agafonova

Effective Art Interventions for Adult Immigrants, Wei Lin Ku

Helping Sexually Abused Children by Supporting Their Parents, Sarina Hamer

Increasing Empathy in Elementary School Age Children, Laura Purpura

Internal Locus of Control and Retablos: The Application of Art Therapy with HIV Positive Gay Men, Alberto Rangel

Measuring Depression with the Hernandez Art Depression Assessment for Children: A Pilot Study Introducing a New Inventory to Measure Depression in Children with the Inclusion of Art Therapy, Marco Hernandez

The Use of Group Art Therapy to Facilitate the Development of Identity with Adolescents in a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center, Sarah K. Moffitt

Using a Narrative Art Therapy Approach to Reduce Depression in Older Adults, Janet Ann Van Pelt

Using Art Therapy as an Intervention with Emotionally Disturbed Preschool Children, Katy Elizabeth White

Using the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory-School Form, House-Tree-Person and Person Picking a Mango From a Tree in Salvadorian Children, Ana Enosensia De Ocampo

Theses/Capstones from 2005

Art Therapy Peer Support Group for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Children of Divorce, Karen Gibbons

Comparitive Study of Persian Art of Garden and Field of Art Therapy, Shelia Zion

God Images: A Graphic Documentary, Irene Marisa Schell

Health (Internal-External) Locus of Control in Patients With Soft Tissue Chronic Pain, and Treatment With Art Therapy, Shannon Warming

Life-Story Book Program: An Art Narrative Approach to Make a Life-Story Book of Japanese American Former Internees, Mio Yamashita Delorimier

Narrative Art Therapy for Families That Have a Child With a Life-Threatening Illness, Andrea A. Seitz

Patients Dealing With Terminal Illness Through the use of Creative Art Therapy, Christine Endo

Reasons for Living and Visual Construct Choices as Related to Suicide Risk of Inpatient Adolescents, June K. Gerteisen

Reducing Stress: An Art Therapy-Based Group for Parents of Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Jane Y. Kim

Significant Images of Mary, Donnamae Eachus

The Ageless Current of Water, Mark Hudson

The Durga Project: A Narrative Approach to Art Therapy Groups with Adolescent Nepali Survivors of Forced Prostitution, Veronica C. San Chirico

The Effect of Keeping a 30 Day Creative Journal by Art Therapy Students and Interns, Linda Powers

The Grape Group: An After-School Therapeutic Art Group Designed to build Self-Esteem and Social Skills in Elementary School Children Who Have Learning Disabilities, Colleen M. Lewis

The Use of the Mandala as a Coping Strategy in Breast Cancer Patients, Tobey Allen

Visual Preferences of Women with Postpartum Depression, Jennifer Tuepker

Working the First Three Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in Art Therapy Groups with Female Substance Abusers, Stacey C. Dirzuweit

Theses/Capstones from 2004

A Bereavement Art Therapy Support Group for Grieving Adults, Jessica Tang

A Grant Proposal for an Art Therapy Program for Young Girls Focusing on INcreasing Self-Esteem and Reducing the Development of Eating Disorders, Jennifer Koegen

A Grant Proposal for Reflecting the Relationship: Using Partner Art Mirroring to Enhance Relationships, Juli Espinoza

Asian American Identity Group: Using Art Therapy to Support Ethnic Identity Awareness for Second-Generation Asian American Adolescents, Vicky Huey

Assessing the Use of Rawley Silver's Draw-A-Story for Depression Indicators and Peer Victimization in Elementary School Age Children, Trudy Willadson

Enhancing Teacher-Child Relationships Through Art, Elizabeth Recktenwald

Fire All Through Time, Laura Phillips

Healing Anxiety Associated With Sudden Loss Trauma Via a Group Art Therapy Experience, Myriam Martinez