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Addendum to the 2014-2015 General Catalog Doctoral Academic Information
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Addendum to the 2014-2015 General Catalog Doctoral Academic Information > Directories
(Please reference the Notre Dame de Namur 2014-2015 Catalog for additional catalog information)
Core Doctoral Faculty Roster
Richard Carolan: RCarolan@NDNU.edu
Amy Backos: ABackos@NDNU.edu
Doris Arrington: DArrington@NDNU.edu
Arnell Etherington: AEtherington@NDNU.edu
Jo Wallace: JWallace@NDNU.edu
Doctoral Faculty Narratives
The primary core faculty members for the doctoral art therapy program are full-time in the Department of Art Therapy Psychology. Four full-time tenured and/or tenure-track faculty for the doctoral program, plus two professor emeriti, one of whom is the founder of the NDNU master’s of art therapy program. Part-time faculty who are nationally recognized in the field of art therapy will also co-teach or teach sections of courses in which they have noted expertise. An additional faculty will be added in Year 3 when the program reaches projected enrollments and full capacity of units being taught to multiple cohorts. Additional faculty will be added as enrollments justify and will follow the university’s regular processes for faculty position growth.
Dr. Richard Carolan, EdD. ATR-BC is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Registered Art Therapist, Tenured Professor, and Chair of the Department of Art Therapy Psychology at Notre Dame de Namur University. Dr. Carolan has been on the faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University for 17 years, and previously served as faculty and dissertation research director at Meridian University (formerly the Institute of Imaginal Studies). Dr. Carolan served four years on the Art Therapy Credentials Board, the national board that establishes and maintains standards for the profession of art therapy. Dr. Carolan was President of the Art Therapy Credentials Board for the final three of the four years he was on the Board. Dr. Carolan also served as Associate Editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, the primary national journal in art therapy. He has given many presentations, locally, nationally as well as internationally: he presented as the keynote speaker at the annual conference for the Taiwan Art Therapy Association. Dr. Carolan’s previous research work has included focus on the area of addiction and is currently researching “art as a way of knowing.” He has a private practice in Sonoma County as well as in San Mateo, working with individuals and families. RCarolan@NDNU.edu
Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC, is full-time tenure track and has 15 years of clinical experience as a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. Dr. Backos’ clinical and research interests include: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, psychological assessment, trauma recovery, and art therapy to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her work includes children, teens, and adults who experienced sexual assault and intimate partner violence, as well as substance abuse disorders. Additionally, she has six years experience with the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital providing evidence-based treatments and art therapy for PTSD, as well as working as a research associate and conducting independent research on PTSD with Vietnam and Iraq veterans. Dr. Backos has presented at many local and national conferences, including the American Psychological Association and the Buckeye Art Therapy Association. She serves a guest lecturer in undergraduate and graduate psychology classes and has taught psychological assessment at the doctoral level. She is published in the area of PTSD research, theory, and art therapy. Abackos@NDNU.edu
Doris Arrington, EdD, ATR-BC, HLM, is a licensed psychologist, Professor Emerita, and an exhibiting artist. She served 28 years as founding Director and Professor of the Art Therapy Psychology Department at Notre Dame de Namur University. She was a Summer Scholar for 12 years in the Department of Art Therapy at Florida State University. Internationally recognized as a speaker and consultant on child and family art therapy and trauma, Dr. Arrington was the first art therapist to receive a Fulbright Senior Specialist. She served in the Ukraine and continues to be an invited keynoter or presenter in Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Ireland, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States. Dr. Arrington is the author of multiple articles and chapters as well as two books, Home is Where the Art Is: An Art Therapy Approach to Family Therapy and Art, Angst, and Trauma: Right Hemisphere Interventions of Developmental Issues. She is co- producer of the American Art Therapy Association’s (AATA) historical film, Presidents and Pioneers.
Dr. Arrington served two terms as president of the Northern California Art Therapy Association (NorCATA) and eight years on the National Board of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). For many years she served on the editorial board of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association and currently serves on the editorial board of The Arts in Psychotherapy: An International Journal. She has received the University of San Francisco’s outstanding educator award, the Notre Dame de Namur University’s, Sr. Catharine Julie Cunningham’s research award, NorCATA’s Honorary Life Member award, and AATA’s highest honors: the Distinguished Service and Honorary Life Member awards.
Arnell Etherington, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Professor Emerita, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist. She is also a Registered Practicing Psychologist, Art Psychotherapist, and Drama Therapist in the United Kingdom. Dr. Etherington has been a full-time tenured faculty for 20 years at Notre Dame de Namur University in the Department of Art Therapy Psychology. She was also Interim Dean for two years of the College of Arts and Sciences. She continues a private practice both locally and abroad. Dr. Etherington’s expertise is family work with adolescents and children. She is the producer of five clinical videos; three chapters in clinical art therapy books; and has had numerous presentations, papers, workshops, and forums at the American Art Therapy Association where she has been an active member for 35 years.
Jo Wallace, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, is a neuropsychology fellow, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist. Dr. Wallace has been on the faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University in the Department of Art Therapy Psychology for 12 years. Dr. Wallace is an art therapist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford with the Pediatric Oncology, Hematology, and Neurology Departments. In addition, she provides therapy and neuropsychological assessments at a private practice in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Wallace’s expertise is working with children and families with chronic and life threatening medical illnesses. She has presented at many art therapy and medical national conferences and is a guest lecturer at Stanford Children’s Hospital. Dr. Wallace has completed research and is published in the areas of school and pediatric medical based art therapy.
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