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Capstone Theses from 2021

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A Place to Keep the Chaos: Using Expressive Arts to Mitigate Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Disaster Recovery, Julie Grebenau

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The Potential of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Techniques in Music Therapy Practice for People Living with Dementia: A Literature Review, Ying-Chen Wang

Capstone Theses from 2020

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The Benefits of Intergenerational Arts-Based Experiences for Older Adults: A Review of the Literature, Lauren Adams

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How Art Can Be Used to Grieve and Heal: Making Altered Books with Parentally Bereaved Adolescents, Samantha Adams

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The Integration of a Dance/Movement Therapy Practice for Midwifery and Pregnant Women, Brianna Anderon-Frazier

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Using Ritual and Expressive Arts with Parentally Bereaved Children, Chelsy Bailly

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Creating Connection through Dance/Movement Therapy among Older Adults with Dementia: Development of a Method, Anna J. Barnes

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Place-Based Intercultural Liminality and the Potential of Art Therapy in Cultural Identity Negotitations, Adee Benartzy

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Dance/Movement Therapy and the Quality of Life for Individuals with Late Stage Dementia: A Clinical Method, Brianna Berg

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Therapeutic Use of Mudras in Dance/movement Therapy with Children in a Partial Hospital Program: The Development of a Method, HARSHITA BHARGAVA

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How Dance and Music Stimulate Therapeutic Change in a Personal Movement Ritual, Cassidy Bingham

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Healing the Body through Awareness, and Expression: The Polyvagal Theory and the Expressive Arts in Therapy with Women Who Have Been Abused, Giselle Bonilla

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Intermodal Art Method to Explore Personal and Cultural Narratives, Zoe Boucher

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Reducing Stress in Creative Spaces: Art Therapy with Adults Living with Physical Disabilities, A Literature Review, Kelly Brennan

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How Choreometrics Reflects Self-identity and Self-concept Through Cultural Dance: A Developing Method, Naowarat Buddee

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The Cycle Continues: The Effects of Intergenerational Trauma on the Sense of Self and the Healing Opportunities of Dance/Movement Therapy: A Literature Review, Nora Buonagurio

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Understanding the Verbalization of Child Trauma Through Dance/Movement Therapy: A Literature Review, Nicole C. Camuso

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Emotional Layering: An Art Therapy Intervention with Children and Adolescents in an Inpatient Setting, Victoria L. Carey

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Exploring Storytelling with Survivors of the Sierra Leone Civil War, Manu A. Carpenter

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Transitioning into Assisted Living Facilities: A Community Engagement Project, Alisa Carstens

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Embodied Transformation: A Review of Play and Dance Movement Therapy for Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Kaiyue Chen

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Becoming: How Expressive Arts Nurture Self-Esteem, Identity and Empowerment, Development of a Method, Nikah Chevalier-Amy

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Literature Review on the Effectiveness of Expressive Therapies with Spirituality to Hong Kong Traumatized Protesters, Constance Chung

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A Holistic Approach to Neuro-informed Music Therapy for Acute TBI Rehabilitation, MIcaela Connelly

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A Proposed Music Therapy Protocol for Trauma-Informed, Culturally Aware Practice with Migrants at the US-Mexico Border, Mackenzie K. Conner

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Expressive Arts Therapy and The Loneliness Epidemic- A Critical Review of Literature, Tiffany Crockett

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Reclaiming Metaphor; Myths, Monsters, and Narratives with LGBTQ+ Adolescents in Drama Therapy, Christina Dennis

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Presence through Expressive Arts and Buddhism, Akshita Desore

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Rewiring the Nervous System with Art Therapy: Advocating for an Empirical, Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Approach to Art Therapy Treatment of Traumatized Children, A Literature Review, Reid Dominie

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(Re)humanizing: A Culturally Informed Approach to Coping with the Manifestation of Super Woman Schema in Black Women with Trauma Exposure, Jasmine Dowery

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Addiction, Mental Health, Systemic Racism, and Expressive Arts Therapy: A Review of the Literature Capstone Thesis, Melanie Dunbar

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Argo Ergo Sum - I Perform, Therefore I Am: An Art-Based Community Engagement Project, Emily Eckel

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Art Therapy in Public Education, Sophie Edelman

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Development of a Method for Utilizing Oriental Belly Dance Rhythms to Deepen a Client’s Understanding of Their Emotions After Experiencing Trauma, And Move Towards Healing, Jenny Nehir Eish-Baltaoglu

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Expressive Arts Therapy in Performance as Trauma Work for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: A Community Engagement Project, Lucy Farmer

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Engagement and the Therapeutic Process in Art Therapy with Adolescent Boys in Residential Care: A Literature Review, Lauren Gallagher

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Creative Therapies, Complex Childhood Trauma, and Neurological Improvement: How the Arts can Enhance Neuroplasticity: A Literature Review, Kelseigh E. Garrett

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Using Child-Centered Play Therapy as an Intervention to Reassess ADHD Diagnoses and Trauma in Children: A Literature Review, Bethany Gibbons

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How Can Art Therapy Be Utilized to Improve the Mental Health and Quality of Life of Pediatric Oncology Patients?, Emily Golubowski

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Using Art to Mitigate Burnout for Those Working in Direct Care, Jessica E. Goodchild

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A Literature Review of Community Art Therapy with Youth in Inner City Communities of Color, Jennifer Habeeb

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How Expressive Arts Therapy is being used to treat children with developmental trauma and its implications for treating community and systemic causes of developmental trauma., Cheri Haire

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Exploring Effects of Improvisation in Expressive Arts Therapy with Children: Development of a Method, Buneshte Hakhamaneshy

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Finding a Higher Power: Developing a Method to Weave Spirituality in Dance/Movement Therapy Interventions for Addiction Recovery, Tawna Halbert

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Songwriting a Short Song of Meaning with Adults with Severe Mental Illness: A Development of a Method, Shari Hallas

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The Use of Mindfulness and Art-Based Interventions for Competitive Athletes in Treatment of Sports-Related Injury, A Literature Review, Jaclyn Hammond

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Kin(a)esthetic Paper Play: A Community Engagement Project Offering a Therapeutic Experience by Exploring an Emergent Method of Expressive Arts Therapy with Clinicians Who Studied Expressive Arts, Bed Hermin

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Positive Art Therapy and Well-Being in Urban US Schools: A Critical Review of the Literature, Jennifer Hicks

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The Use of Art Therapy to Address Attachment in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hilary Holmes

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Mapping the Dissociated Body, Elizabeth Hough

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Connecting to the Self: Increasing Self-Awareness in Children with ASD, Development of a Method, Madison Janke

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Creating a Space to Externalize: Mindfulness Based Art Therapy for Childhood Trauma, A Literature Review, Emily Jaworski

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Laban Movement Analysis as an Aid to Teach Bharatanatyam Dance Form: A Literature Review, Priyanka Jayaram

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Conducting Our Inner Critic Chorus: Development of a Method for a Music Therapy Intern and Young Adults in a Partial Hospitalization Program, Morgan Johnston

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The Effect of Melody and Rhythm in Music-Based Therapy for Nonfluent Aphasics: A Literature Review, M. Abraham Kimball

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Collage Therapy with Elders: Group Socialization and Communication Beyond Words, Cassandra Knowles-True

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We Are Super - Building a Strengths-Based Superhero Suit: Development of a Method, Gabrielle Kosta

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Subverting the Narrative: Addressing Gaps in the Medical Model of Mental Health Through Expressive Arts and Critical Race Feminism Paradigms, Sofiya Kostareva

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Good-Enough Therapeutic Space Design: A Literature Review and Considerations for Expressive Arts Therapy, Rebecca Kreshak

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Resilience Fostering Music Therapy: Developing a Music Based Method for Children and Adolescents Experiencing Short-Term Psychiatric Hospitalization, Nataly Kruh

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The Use of Dolls and Figures in Therapy: A Literature Review, Jennifer Krystyniak

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Moving Towards Intimacy: A Literature Review on the Use of Dance/Movement Therapy with Couples, Rachel Kuntz

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Emotional Regulation & Therapeutic Rapport with Adolescents: Exploring the Effectiveness of the Expressive Therapies Continuum, Kasey Larsen

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Critically and Creatively Engaging with Trauma-Informed Mental Health Research and Treatment of LGBTQIA+ Communities as Expressive Arts Therapists: A Literature Review, Kelli Lavallee

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Art Therapy, Mass Media and Self-Acceptance with Adolescents: A Literature Review, Samantha Leary

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Co-leadership in Dance/Movement Therapy: An Art-based Literature Review, siyao li

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Re: Traumatizing – The Interactions Between Clinicians and Therapeutic Helpers and Vicarious Trauma, Stephenie Loo

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“Calming Watercolors”: Using Mindful Art in Treatment of Mood Disorders, Patrick Macleod

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Critical Pedagogy in the Intercultural Classroom: The Influence of Values on Participatory Patterns in the Classroom, Misheel Mandalsaikhan

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Beyond Resistance and Resilience: The Altered Book in Adolescent and Young Adult Complex Trauma Recovery, a Method, Colleen Mann-Buxton

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The Effect of Songwriting on Identity Formation After a Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Barbara Rose Marese

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Embracing The Cape: Increasing Social Emotional Skills Using Self-Distancing Superhero Therapy With Middle School Students- A Method, Erika Marinelli

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T is for Territory: A Literature Review of Human Experience in Dramatic and Virtual Spaces, Jennifer Marshall

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Community Music Therapy for Marginalized Middle School Students, Karen J Mathews

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Lyric Analysis and Songwriting with Adolescent’s Processing Complex Trauma, Peyton Mayzel

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What We Bring to the Space: 
Considerations for Emerging Therapists on Nonverbally Communicating Safety, Isabella Mazza

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Motherhood: The Role of a Lifetime, Amy Larson McGuirk

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Healing Miscarriage Trauma Through Expressive Arts Therapy, Ritual, and Healing Circles: A Critical Literature Review, Amanda McKernan

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Burnout Treatment and Prevention using Multimodal Expressive Arts Therapy in Massachusetts Wellness Programs., amanda medas

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Gaming Intentionally: A Literature Review of the Viability of Role-Playing Games as Drama-Therapy-Informed Interventions, Jonathan Mendoza

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What Was Lost: How Dance/Movement Therapy Can Support the Retention and Repair of Cognitive Abilities in Cancer Patients, a Literature Review, Sarah E. Menser

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Mitigating Loss, Discrimination, And Acculturation: Supporting Long-Term Immigrants Through Dance/Movement Therapy, A Literature Review, Sabrina Mijares

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Can Expressive Arts Therapy Help Caregivers of Persons with ASD?: A Community Engagement Project Capstone Thesis, CHIE MITSUI

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Hands On: Sexual Satisfaction, Communication, and Clay-work, Courtney Kim Morgan

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Claywork in Art Therapy With Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Jennifer Morrison

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What’s Emergent? A Literature Review of Thirdness and the Guide in Drama Therapy, Kathleen D. Moye

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Development of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Informed Art Therapy Method for Adults with Psychiatric Diagnoses in a Partial Hospitalization Program, Lauren Muller

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Expressive Arts Workshop: The Relationship Between Educators & Trauma-Informed Care, Courtney Muttart

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Psyche and Planet: Multiplicity of Systems Mirroring Modes of Being and Bonding via Eco Arts Therapeutic Practices, Amber Nolli

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Moving Through Depression: Development of a Dance/Movement Therapy Method in Psychiatric Inpatient Care, Melissa Olmedo

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Integrating Expressive Arts Therapy and Spirituality: A Literature Review of Trauma Treatment, Kylie O'Neill

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Warming Up to Dance/Movement Therapy Through Humor, Amanda E. Ouimette

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Therapeutic Support Found in a Printmaking Method with Older Adult Veterans Through a Recovery Model Lens, McKenzie Paddock

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Bridging The Gap: Exploring Indian Classical Dances as a source of Dance/Movement Therapy, A Literature Review., Ruta Pai

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Exploring the Music Making and Recording Process Working with Blind Children in an Elementary School Context, a Method, Graham Peck

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Deathucation: On Childhood Bereavement and Drama Therapy, Morgan Price

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Fostering Hope in Adolescents Via Art Therapy Teen Group, Caitlin Pritchard

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Developing a Method: How Dance/Movement Therapy Affects Pain, Anxiety and Quality of Life in Pediatric Oncology, Kristin Ranke-Brown

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Using Dance/Movement as a Part of a Self-care Routine to Alleviate Stress in Parents and/or Caregivers of Children with Autism, Lori Reaves

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Theatre Crawl: A Series of Community Engagement Projects, Anna Rich