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 2004

Measuring the Validity of F.E.A.T.S Using the Apple Tree Projective Drawing with Children Diagnosed with ADHA, Alice Locke Chezar

Measuring the Validity of the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale to Assess for Anxiety in Middle School Aged Children, Susan Kleene Barnes

Projective and Self-Report Assessment tools Used to Assess for Eating Disorder Risk Factors in Young Women, Erika I. Hirsch

Self-Concept Through Art Therapy: Using Therapeutic Creative Arts Techniques With Students With Learning Disabilities, Madeline F. Pascua

Story, Symbol, and Metaphor in Art: Using Art Therapy to Facilitate Change in Dominant Client Narratives, Tanya Alexander

The Art and Science of Art Therapy, Emily Heald

The Masks of Mexico: Mexican-American's Relationship With Their Cultural Heritage and Self-Concepts, Tara F. Franklin

Using Art Therapy as a Tool for Rehabilitating Individuals With Prosopagnosia: Two Case Studies, Shauna Goodenough

Using Sandplay in a Creative Arts Therapeutic Intervention Program for Depression in Elementary School Children, Elaine Gaidis Swanson

Vampires and Art: Addiction and Treatment from a Jungian Perspective, Xan B. Walker

Theses/Capstones from 2003

A 10 Week Creative Arts Expression Workshop in a School Based Environment and Its Effect on Self-Esteem in 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders, Shannon M. Asbury

A Grant Proposal Examining Mirroring as an Art Therapy Technique With High Risk Preschoolers in Head Start, Majica Phillips

A Group Art Therapy Initiative to Serve Women with Breast Cancer and Their Children in Mountain View, and Surrounding Santa Clara County Area, Karen R. Sturm

A National Survey of Art Therapists Regarding: How Art Affects the Development of Trust in the Therapeutic Relationship, Jennifer R. Alward

A Thesis Examining Historic Images of Christ as They Reflect Existential Themes of Love, Loss and Hope and Their Implcations Within the Terapeutic Process, Carolyn A. Farrell-Shaw

Combining Art Therapy and Ecopsychology: An Art and Wilderness Experience, Allie Andrus

Defining Self Through Symbol: A Psychological Analysis of the Cinderella Fairy Tale, Colette Fujimoto

Developing Positive Self-Talk Using Symbols in Sandplay, Jennifer Joyce

Huichol Yarn Painting as an Art Therapy Intervention to Promote Insight in Latino Children, Iris Rodriguez-Costello

Increasing Self-Awareness and Positive Feelings Towards Self: The Use of Art with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Jennifer Schott

Medical Art Therapy: A Synthesized Literature Review Resource Guide, Daynia J. Flynn

Menopause: A Rite of Passage Creation of a Menopausal Mask: Honoring Women in Midlife, Mary H. Lowe

Preferences and Descriptions of Religious Imagery According to Anxiety Level, Shay Lynn Alderman

Self-Portrait Drawings by Adolescents Diagnosed With Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorders, Elizabeth Zimmerman

The Effects of Digital Storytelling on Healing and Closure with World War II Veterans, Deborah A. Vanni

The Old Masters Art Collage With Couples: Increasing Intimacy Through a Six-Session Art Intervention With Couples, Justina Larson

The Option Mandala: A Brief Art Therapy Intervention for Sexually Active Teens, Jacqueline Tabb

Using the FEATS with Brain Tumor Patients, Jennifer Taylor

Theses/Capstones from 2002

A Correlational Study of the Effects of Acculturation and Body Image on the Perceptions of Obesity and Thiness by Latin Women, Rosa M. Morrow

An Art Therapy Program for Women Who are Experienceing Postpartum Depression at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Brittany Ryan Michaelian

A Preventative Intervention for Children at Risk for Depression Using Learned Optimism and Art Therapy, Anne B. Stockwell

Art Therapy for the First Three Steps of AA's 12-Step Program, Pen-lung Liao

Art Therapy Program for At-Risk Children of Battered Women, Melissa Miel Foster

A Safe Space: An Art therpay Group for Women Survivors of Domestic Violence, Angela Angelone

A School-Based Bereavement Art Therapy Support Group for Grieving Children, Cecilie Christine Rowitz

Conditions in Which the Process of Art is Healing: A Survey, July K. Ugas

Defining a Character Type for Complimentary Medicine Based Therapists Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Arrington Visual Prefernce Test, Elsbeth Norton

Establishing and Nurturing Social Connectedness Through a Threapeutic Art Experience for Children Aged Seven to Ten, Lisa Bartsch

Measuring the Validity of the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale Among the Person-Picking-an-Apple-From-a-Tree and the Draw-A-Person-Standing-in-the-Rain, Margaret Dewey

Perceptions of Beauty Among Young Children in a Multicultural Society, Gila Gam

Relationship Between Perception of the Character of God and a Father's Parenting Style Using Christ Images as a Projective Assessment Tool, Heather Dawn Moore

The Relationship Between Art in Schoool Curriculum and Adolescent Depressive Tendencies, Sara A. Post

The Spiral Symbol: Yesterday and Today, Jill L. Waterfield

Use of the Kinetic Family Drawing to Assess for Familial Alcoholism, Sarah Rubin

Using the Kaiser Bird's Nest Drawing Art Based Assessment as an Indicator of Attachment for Adolescents With Anorexia, Sylma Fine

Theses/Capstones from 2001

A Correlation Study Using the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale and the Coopersmith Sel-Esteem Inventory (School Form) With Fourth and Fifth Grade Students, Monica M. Garcia

An Educational Video Illustrating the Theories of Margaret Naumberg and Edith Kramer: "Art as Therapy" and "Art as Psychotherapy", Philip J. Lawson

Teacher's Perception of Art Education in the Kindergarten Classroom, Ellen J. St. Amand

Theses/Capstones from 2000

A Blind Study Using the House-Tree-Person Test to Determine Birth Order, Amalia Leigh Collins

Art Therapy Can be Used to Detect Triggers That Cause Violent Behavior, Steven Edmonds