Danielle Drake, Assistant Professor in the MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy at CIIS Danielle Drake

Dean, Faculty Development, Diversity and Inclusion
Provost Division

PhD, Fielding Graduate University

MA, California Institute of Integral Studies

Danielle Drake, PhD is Associate Professor, graduate of the Counseling Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapy MA program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University with her dissertation study focused on the use creativity and spirituality among African Americans. As a result of her dissertation research she developed and conducted an initial validation of the Black Spiritual Creativity Scale (BSCS). Her clinical work as an Expressive Arts Therapist engages clients in creative writing, music, and visual arts processes. She uses a liberatory informed theoretical approach that incorporates Womanist (black feminist), and Black/African-centered psychologies with Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and contemplative practices. Dr. Drake is co-author of book chapter, “Womanism, Creativity and Resistance,” published in American Psychological Association publication, “Womanist and Mujerista Psychologies: Voice of Fire, Acts of Courage.” In 2018 Dr. Drake hosted a conversation with Angela Davis for CIIS Public Programs on Dr. Davis’ life of activism. As a spoken word artist Dr. Drake is a former Oakland Poetry Slam Champion, and author of Cast Iron Life: A collection of poems and recipes.

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