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Addendum to the 2015-2016 General Catalog Doctoral Academic Information
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Addendum to the 2015-2016 General Catalog Doctoral Academic Information > Directories
Please reference the Notre Dame de Namur 2016-2017 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
Jennifer Harrison: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 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.
Doris Arrington, Ed.D., 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, Notre Dame de Namur University’s Sr. Catharine Julie Cunningham research award, NorCATA’s Honorary Life Member award, and AATA’s highest honors: the Distinguished Service and Honorary Life Member awards.
Amy Backos, Ph.D., ATR-BC, is the Chair of the NDNU Art Therapy Psychology Department. She has 18 years of clinical experience and is a licensed psychologist and 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 of 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, the American Art Therapy 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.
Dr. Richard Carolan, Ed.D., ATR-BC is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Registered Art Therapist, Tenured Professor, and Director of the PhD in Art Therapy Program at NDNU. Dr. Carolan has been on the faculty at NDNU for over 20 years. He served as Department Chair and guided the development of the department’s research focus. Dr. Carolan 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, serving three years as Board President. He was presented with the Educator of the Year award for the American Art Therapy Association in 2013 and Keller teaching Excellence award at NDNU in 2014. 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, most notably presenting 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 he 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.
Jennifer Myers Harrison, Psy.D., DAAETS, ATR-BC, is licensed by the state of California as a clinical psychologist. She holds a Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology from Adler University, studied clinical psychology at Columbia University, and holds a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from New York University. She has Diplomat distinction at the National Center for Crisis Management with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Dr. Harrison is also a Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist. Over the last 13 years Dr. Harrison has worked in a variety of settings including, hospitals, community mental health clinics, school-based settings and private practice with children, families, and individuals with complex presenting problems such as: trauma exposure, aggressive behavior, difficulties with affect regulation, attention problems, academic failure, eating disorders and impaired interpersonal relationships. Dr. Harrison has taught at a variety of schools such as Adler University, Argosy University, and DePaul University. She is a clinical supervisor for psychological testing and currently has a private practice in Burlingame.
Jo Wallace, Ph.D., 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 NDNU in the Art Therapy Psychology Department for 12 years. Dr. Wallace is an art therapist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford with the Pediatric Oncology/Hematology Departments. She is also a Clinical Instructor with the Child Neurology Department at Stanford Children's Hospital. In addition, she provides therapy and neuropsychological assessments at a private practice in Palo Alto. 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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