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 1999

Physiological Calming Effect of the Color Blue on Children, Lydia Cho

Presence of Defense Mechanisms in the Art of Children in Treatment for Luekemia, Kathryn S. Rogers

Quilts: A Textiel Tradition for Processing LIfe and Cultural Experiences With Art Therapy Applications, Constance Hunt

Surviving and Thriving: Increasing the Hope of Public School Adolescents Through Art Therapy, Eleanor Fisher Ruckman

The Effects of Artistic Expression on Identity Formation Within a Learning Disabled Adolescent Population, Paula Artac

The Role of Creating an Art Journal Dureing the Art Therapy Practicum, Mary Greaney

Women in Mid-Life: Looking at Spirituality Through the Use of Art, Saundra E. Akridge

Theses/Capstones from 1998

Aesthetic Preference and Poetic Writing Style: A Correlational Study, Mary M. Gende

Art and Poetry for Stress Reduction: An Outcome Study with an Acutley Depressed Partially Hosptilalized, Adult Population, Samantha Renee Schmidt

Art Therapy With Adolescent Marijuana Users: A Means of Promoting Insight, Jana Olias Silverman

Assessment of Mental Disorders: The Rainbow Phenomenon, Laura Huber

A Study of the Mother-and-Child Drawing as an Indicator of Separation Anxiety in the Adolescent Population, Margaret Hunter

Drawing Mandalas: Its' Psysiological Effects on Children with Severe Emotional Disturbances, Antonia Fokken

Graphic Indicators of Sexual Abuse in Children Using the Human Figure Drawing, Sandra Mailloux

Is There Life After Menopause? A Study of Changing Self Concept in Midlife Women, Constance Milligan

Looking for Recurrent Archetaypal Images Through the Use of the Arrigton Visual Preference Test With Children Who are Severely Emotionally Disturbed, Lesley Ann Mastey

Masks of Northwest Coastal Indians: Transformation of the Human Spirit, Karen Cornell

Retablos: The Tradition of Painting the Tragic, The Miraculous, and Art Therapy Applications with Latino Adolescents, Deann Acton

Symbols of Self: Use of the Arrington Visual Preference Test With Severely Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents, Amy Lynne Rogers

The Collarborative Mural: An Art Intervention Offering Curative Experiences for the Individual, Group, and Community, Vicotria de los Santos Mycue

The Cultural Identity and Self-Esteem of Chinese-American College Students as Seen Through the Draw-a-Person Test, Kealailani A. Zane

The Evolution of the Sun Symbol: Its Meaning and Signifigance in Beliefs of Cultures throughout History, Chris Chiochios

The Eye as Symbol, Elizabeth Olson

The Use of Kramer Art Therapy Evaluation to Study Behaviors Related to the Diagnostic Indicators in the Art of Adolescents, Marjan Mokarram

Young and Old Together: An Intergenerational Art Therapy Handbook, Carrie Lenihan

Theses/Capstones from 1997

A Cross-Cultural Perspective of the Perception of Color as it Relates to Affect, Delia Lynn Yskamp

A National Survey on Art Therapists Beliefs Regarding Optimal Duration of Treatment with Specific Popualtions, Jennifer J. Cartwright

Art and Healing Among the Native Americans, Serita Rardin

Art Therapy Masters Theses Indexes, Waldena R. O'Sullivan

Art Therapy with Abused Adolescents: an Efficacy Study in the Non-profit Setting, Louis Buchhold

Children Dealing with Life-Threatening Illnesses Through the Use of Creative Art Therapy, Janet Marie Natale

Early Intervention: Teaching Social Skills to Preschool Aged Children Using Art Therapy, Erin K. McElhinney

Exploring Alienation with Adolescents Identified with Serious Behavior Disordered Using Personal Symbols, Brooke Brown

Fairytales and Therapy: Using Fairytales in Assessing for Child Abuse, Kimberley Haws

Felt Art: A New Art Therapy Modality?, Meredith J. Dunn

Graphic Communications: A Case Study of a Dissociative Identity Disorder, Virginia L. Miller

House-Tree-Person with Breast Cancer Patients as Indicating Mood Disturbance, Secure Attachment, and Suppression, Susie Winn

Increasing Control: Watercolor Painting an Students with Developmental Disabilities, Carol Mellberg

Isolation in Women in Ministry Using Jungian Archetypes and Modified Kinetic Family Drawings, Andrea Lynn Arnold

Measuring the Validitiy of F.E.A.T.S. Using the Apple Tree Projective Drawing to Assess Self-Esteem in Adolescents, Rosine Ferber

Ofrendas: Altar-making Traditions in the Mexican Days of the Dead and Art Therapy Applications for Grief and Bereavement, Jeanne Gabriel

The Aging Population and the Experience of Life Satisfaction: A Phenomenological Paper in Clinical Art Therapy, Ariosto J. Coelho

The Diagnostic Drawing Series of Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa, Julie Price

The Effectiveness of Art Therapy with Depressed Older Adults in a Partial Hospital Program, Susan E. Galen

The Effects of Art Therapy Homework on the Self-Disclosure Statements of Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents, Kerry Olin

The Use of an Art Journal with Latency Age Children of Divorce: A Multiple Case Study, Shannon A. Anderson

The Use of House-Tree-Person Test in Diagnosing Mental Illness, Eva A. Jarrett

Theses/Capstones from 1996

A Cross-Cultural Comparison: Family Drawings of Japanese and American Elementary School Children in the United States, Junko Sumiya

A Jungian Based Study for Diagnosing Acculturative Stress Within the Hispainc Immigrant and Refugee Population, Lynnaia Keune

Art Therapy Program for the San Mateo County School-based Mental Health 599 Team, Anu Mathur