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.

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Theses/Capstones from 2023

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Altered Stories, Altered Lives: An Exploration of Post Traumatic Growth from A Narrative Perspective with a Strengths Based Focus, Andrea Jones

Theses/Capstones from 2022

Art Making To Reduce Stress in First-Generation and Second-Generation Hispanic Immigrant Parents, Maria Zepeda

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A Survey Measuring the Impact of a Silk-Screen Printing Art Therapy Session on Psychological Aspects in Mothers of Children with Cancer: A Pilot Study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Maha Rashed

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Does Attachment Predict Coping Strategies? An In-Depth Look At Millennials During COVID-19, Clinton Johnson

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Doodling as Self-Expression: Building Self-Efficacy in Normally Functioning Adults, Journey Coward

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Healing Racial Trauma and Reframing the Miseducation of U.S. America: Altering Exclusionary Textbooks as a Therapeutic Experiential, Kamaria Erin Wells

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Putting the Pieces Back Together: Using a Kintsugi-Influenced Directive to Promote Self-Forgiveness and Resiliency in Young Adults with Shame and Guilt, Marieev Krista Princer

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The Therapeutic Benefits of Children’s Literature: Responding Through Making Art and Writing Stories, Janae Dueck

Theses/Capstones from 2021

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An Art-Based Heuristic Study: How a Male Student with Asperger’s Syndrome Completed an Art Therapy Master’s Program, Stephen David Robertson

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COVID-19: Our Hopes and Dreams, Anna Bazis Christie

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Individual versus Sequential: The Potential of Comic Creation in Art Therapy, Christine Phang

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Perspectives of a Diasporan: A Heuristic, Arts-Based Inquiry of the Importance of Therapy in Armenia, Anna Nairi Muradyan

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The Meeting of Two Minds in the Intermediate State: The Art Therapist as a Guide in the In-Between, Immersed and Assisted by Contemplative and Transpersonal Theory, Samantha Mach

Theses/Capstones from 2020

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Ambiguous Loss of Dementia: Identity Exploration through Narrative Inquiry and Collage, Kayla Ormandy

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Exploring Pathways Toward Psychobiological Safety through Mindful Body-centered Art Making with Sheltered Homeless Women, Alicia L. Dabney

Theses/Capstones from 2019

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Cultural Wellness Trends Assessed with Art Therapy, Lara Juhasz

Theses/Capstones from 2018

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Yoga, Flow and Art Therapy: An Investigation Into Yoga's Effects on the Creative Process, Megan E. Lear

Theses/Capstones from 2017

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A Study of Art Therapy in Identity Exploration and Self-Efficacy, Christine Cavasinni

Theses/Capstones from 2016

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Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Chinese American Women Cancer Survivors Through Art Therapy, Judy Thai

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An art therapy approach to increase the self-esteem of Latina pre-adolescent girls using narrative therapy, Amy Barron

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Art and recovery: Utilizing art therapy to promote progression within a 12-step porgram for adults recovering from alcoholism and alcohol abuse disorder, Leslie Mueller

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Art Therapy as a Support: for the Acculturation of East Asian International Students in the United States, Ie Roon Jung

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Combating self-objectification and nurturing self-concept: Art therapy interventions with adolescent girls, Susan Rothermel

Combating Self-Objectification and Nurutring Self-Concept: Art Therapy Interventions with Adolescent Girls, Susan Rothermel

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Creative solutions for a better relationship: Utilizing art therapy to improve communication in cross-cultural couple counseling, Bokyeng Jung

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Effects of art on emotional perception for those with ASD, Stephanie Liu

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Exploration of Well-Being Through Art Media Preference and Emotion Regulation Strategies, Ayesha Aziz

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Hope after loss: Using art therapy to increase hopefulness, Fiona Ruddy

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Increasing Empathy with Adults using Empathy Focused Art-Making Directives, Adriana M. Juarez Arteaga

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Increasing productivity in graduate students fulfilling thesis requirements via tactile art, Sarah Morse

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In the Bird's Nest: Birth Orders Influence on the Art, Megan Renee Bell

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Keep calm and doodle on: A relationship between doodling and stress reduction, Megan Simmons

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Longing for Beloning, Naznain Khatami

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Mandalas and cultural identity: Increasing positive identification with Chamorro native heritage, Aaron San Nicolas

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The Impact of Art Based Positive Psychology on Stress Reduction for Working Mothers, Megan Curry

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Using art therapy to increase reading motivation in below grade-level readers, Celia J. Gagnon

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Using mindful mandala making to ground and center military spouses, Katrina Mary Bobo

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Utilizing art therapy journaling to decrease insomnia and promote sleep hygiene, Emily A.R. Coffee

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Utilizing group art therapy to develop Korean immigrant mothers' sense of self and the relationship with the children, Jung Won

Theses/Capstones from 2015

Accents in Visual Language: Correlating Language Script Directionality with Bridge Drawing Interpretations, Nava Attia-Benoit

An Object Relations Approach to LGBTQ Perspective of Self-Exploration Through Art, Brittany M. Dray

Art Therapy Trainee's Attitudes and Beliefs About Self-Care, Jennifer C. Priday

A Study of How Art Therapy May Cause Reduction of Anxiety and Increase in Reminiscing in Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia, Alexis Stephano

Decreasing Postpartum Depression Using Process Oriented Art Therapy, Stephanie Balistreri

Dyadic Art Therapy and Stress Reduction, Sara Clement

Eco-Art therapy's Effect on Existential Well-Being and Connectedness to Nature with Families Experiencing Bereavement, Faith Reyes

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Enhancement of Empathy Among Elementary School Children of Varying Cultural Backgrounds, Gioia Schuler

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Examining student athlete attitudes towards art therapy, Brendan T. H. McNally

Exploring the Coming Out Experience Through Animal Self-portraiture, Spencer John Lethbridge Fredin

Exploring the Efficacy of Transpersonal Art Therapy in Fostering Postraumatic Growth with Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care, Hope Schachter