Denise Boston Denise Boston

Dean
Diversity and Inclusion Office

Professor
Expressive Arts Therapy

PhD, Walden University; MA, Goddard College; BFA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

"If we have the courage and tenacity of our forebears, who stood firmly like a rock against the lash of slavery, we shall find a way to do for our day what they did for theirs." - Mary McLeod Bethune

Denise Boston, Ph.D., RDT. was appointed as Dean of Diversity and Inclusion in 2016. Since 2009 she served as Core Faculty in the Expressive Arts Therapy Program, was coordinator of the Glide-EXA pre-practicum program, and served as lead investigator of a university-community partnership three-year study which focused on arts-based social and emotional programming with school-age children. Denise has been an artist, social activist, researcher, and educator for over 40 years in a variety of community and advocacy settings. In collaboration with community partners, she has implemented several prevention/intervention programs and her African-centered methodology has been beneficial in increasing resiliency and in preventing and/or decreasing participants' harmful behaviors. She has taught psychology courses at HBCU's, religiously affiliated colleges, public, and private institutions, as well as instructed and facilitated training workshops abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. Denise's interests in diversity and inclusivity in higher education have been shaped by her personal experiences as an underrepresented scholar in academia, and her community work where she provided creative and culturally-based interventions (CBI) with variations and extended African and African-American families. She is a registered Drama Therapist and has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics including Narrative Therapy, Participatory Action Research, Expressive Arts, and NTU psychotherapy. Denise, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, earned her BFA in theatre from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, MA in psychology and counseling from Goddard College, and received her PhD in counseling psychology from Walden University.

"If we have the courage and tenacity of our forebears, who stood firmly like a rock against the lash of slavery, we shall find a way to do for our day what they did for theirs." - Mary McLeod Bethune

Denise Boston, Ph.D., RDT. was appointed as Dean of Diversity and Inclusion in 2016. Since 2009 she served as Core Faculty in the Expressive Arts Therapy Program, was coordinator of the Glide-EXA pre-practicum program, and served as lead investigator of a university-community partnership three-year study which focused on arts-based social and emotional programming with school-age children. Denise has been an artist, social activist, researcher, and educator for over 40 years in a variety of community and advocacy settings. In collaboration with community partners, she has implemented several prevention/intervention programs and her African-centered methodology has been beneficial in increasing resiliency and in preventing and/or decreasing participants' harmful behaviors. She has taught psychology courses at HBCU's, religiously affiliated colleges, public, and private institutions, as well as instructed and facilitated training workshops abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. Denise's interests in diversity and inclusivity in higher education have been shaped by her personal experiences as an underrepresented scholar in academia, and her community work where she provided creative and culturally-based interventions (CBI) with variations and extended African and African-American families. She is a registered Drama Therapist and has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics including Narrative Therapy, Participatory Action Research, Expressive Arts, and NTU psychotherapy. Denise, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, earned her BFA in theatre from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, MA in psychology and counseling from Goddard College, and received her PhD in counseling psychology from Walden University.

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Expressive Arts Therapy Faculty

Joanna Findlay Joanna Findlay
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
BA, Cambridge University,
MA, Phillips Graduate Institute ,
Charlie Korda Charlie Korda
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, Central School of Speech and Drama,
MA, University of London,
Wendy Phillips Wendy Phillips
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, Psychological Georgia State University,
MA, Physical Therapy University of North Carolina Chapel Hill,
Nina Strongylou Nina Strongylou
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
Rosario Sammartino Rosario Sammartino
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
BA/MA, Universidad Católica Argentina,
MA/PhDc, Pacific Graduate Institute,
Jill Therrien Jill Therrien
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
BFA, California State University, East Bay,
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Christine Brooks Christine Brooks
Associate Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, MA, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,
BFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts,
Shellee Davis Shellee Davis
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, BA Sonoma State University ,
Danielle Drake Danielle Drake
Assistant Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Francisco Gomez
Program Coordinator, Expressive Arts Therapy
Nicki Koethner
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
Patricia Rojas-Zambrano Patricia Rojas-Zambrano
Adjunct Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
Shoshana Simons Shoshana Simons
Professor and Program Chair, Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, MA, The Fielding Institute,
MA, University of North London,
Shanee Stepakoff Shanee Stepakoff
Adjunct Professor , Expressive Arts Therapy
PhD, St. John's University; MFA, The New School University; MA, University of Maryland,
MA, W. Lyon University; BA, Clark University; BS, Worcester State College,
Armand Volkas Armand Volkas
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles,
BA, California State University, Pomona,
Phil Weglarz Phil Weglarz
Assistant Professor, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, University of Colorado,
Jack Weller Jack Weller
Faculty Emeritus, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA, University of California, Santa Barbara,
BA, University of California, Los Angeles,

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