This is a collection of Art Therapy Master's Theses (1981 - 2015) from the time that the program was located at Notre Dame de Namur. The program moved to Dominican University of California in the Fall of 2021.

The theses listed here currently reside at the Archbishop Alemany Library and only available for use in the Library


Theses/Capstones from 2004

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

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

Fire All Through Time, Laura Phillips

Enhancing Teacher-Child Relationships Through Art, Elizabeth Recktenwald

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

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

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

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

Theses/Capstones from 2003

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Using the FEATS with Brain Tumor Patients, Jennifer Taylor

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

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

Theses/Capstones from 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Providing the "Release" Through an Art Therapy Journal While Promoting Insight: For Adolescent Self-INjurers, Melissa Ciappetta

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

Using the AVPT With German University Students to Establish a Norminative Base for Visual Construct Preferences, Julie Haschemeyer