Adaptive Response Theory: A biopsychosocial approach to art therapy... Dr Girija Kaimal at the International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference
15 February 2019
"At this pioneering inaugural conference, I am looking forward to meeting art therapists from around the world to better understand how we need to re-imagine the scope of the field from clinical, educational and research perspectives." Dr Girija Kaimal
At the plenary panel on art therapy and neuroscience Dr Girija Kaimal is presenting a framework of art therapy founded on our current understanding of physiological and psychological responses to challenges and stressors. Using examples of research studies from her lab as well as scholarship on the role of art in human development, this presentation will highlight how this Adaptive Response Theory of art therapy can be integrated into research and practice, to better serve patients and clients.
In addition, on a panel with colleagues from Creative Forces, she will share their research on short term and long term art therapy interventions with active duty military service members.
See previous papers by Dr Girija Kaimal in International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape and Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association
Dr Girija Kaimal, (EdD, MA, ATR-BC) is Assistant Professor in the PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. In her Health, Arts, Learning and Evaluation (HALE) research lab, she examines physiological and psychological outcomes of creative visual self-expression. Girija currently leads studies examining arts-based approaches to health among cancer caregivers, active duty military service members and veterans (Currently funded by the US Department of Defense and the National Endowment for the Arts). She has led longitudinal evaluation research studies examining arts-based approaches to school leadership development and teacher incentives, and, won national awards for her research. Girija serves on the Board of Directors of the American Art Therapy Association as well as several arts and heath journals and, is a practicing visual artist. Her art explores the intersection of identity and representation of emotion. More details on her work are available here
The International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference will be held on 11-13 July 2019 at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London.
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