Denise Boston

Denise Boston

Professor
Expressive Art Therapy

CIIS Main Building
6th Floor
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Denise Boston, PhD, RDT, is a core faculty member in the Expressive Arts Therapy Program. She received a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; a MA from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Walden University. Her work experience includes teaching indigenous psychology, performing, and ritual process and ceremonial design. She has worked with underserved children and youth for over 30 years and as a Rites of Passage program director and trainer to a variety of organizations. Denise has devoted her career and research to understanding the impact of social injustice in the lives of people living in marginalized communities. She is an active member of IEATA, National Association for Drama Therapists (NADT), and the National Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi). She is a contributing author to Fundamentals of Local Arts Management, Arts Extension Service, 5th Edition (2008).

  • Youth development
  • Culturally appropriate education
  • Rites of Passage Manhood and Womanhood Training

  • Contributing editor/author, 5th edition of Fundamentals of Local Arts Management
  • Theatre for Conflict Resolution: In the Classroom and Beyond. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann