2020 Valery Daniels Memorial Lecture

MPS Art Therapy welcomes you to join our first lecture of the Fall 2020 season! FREE and open to the public. 2.0 CE hours available for LCATs. Register here.

In this virtual lecture and interactive presentation, Dr. Kaimal will present theory and empirical research that links creative self-expression with physiological health and psychological well-being. Connecting evolutionary biology, art therapy practice, and interdisciplinary research, the presentation will make the case for creative expression as being key to our survival and thriving as human beings.

Learning objectives:

1. Participants will learn about physiological and psychological outcomes of art-making

2. Participants will learn about the differences between artmaking by ourselves and artmaking with an art therapist

3. Participants will learn about the role of creative self-expression in human development.

Dr. Kaimal is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University and President-Elect of the American Art Therapy Association. Her research broadly examines the physiological and psychological health outcomes of visual and narrative self-expression. Her Health, Arts, Learning, and Evaluation (HALE) Lab is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Endowment for the Arts as well as University research groups. Current studies include: Examining the role of art therapy in adult and pediatric hematology/oncology settings; the impact of art therapy for military service members with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress; the role of narratives and portraiture to enhance awareness on Gulf War Illness; indigenous and traditional art practices; and; the applications of new media like virtual reality in promoting creative approaches to health and well-being. Girija has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and was recently included in the list of the top 100 women in science. Girija is also an active visual artist and more details on her work are available at www.girijakaimal.com

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