Myriam Savage, Associate Professor of the MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy at CIIS Myriam (Mimi) Savage

Associate Professor
Expressive Arts Therapy
School of Professional Psychology and Health (SPPH)
Masters in Counseling Psychology

Ph.D., Lesley University

MA, California State University Los Angeles

BA, Princeton University


Myriam Savage (Mimi), Ph.D., RDT/BCT is a registered drama therapist and board-certified trainer. Her alma maters include Lesley University, Cal State University LA, Princeton University and The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, NYC. She has developed drama and expressive therapy programs in acute inpatient units for children and adults for several years and facilitated neuro-diverse populations, homeless women, adolescents in residential rehabilitation and children in educational settings.

Dr. Savage is an Associate Professor member of Counseling & EXA and founding faculty of  UCLArts and Healing Social Emotional Arts (SEA), a manualized professional development program that instructs on therapeutic uses of the expressive arts. She is founder/director of SoCal Drama Therapy Center, mentoring an international student body of professionals earning RDT credentials.

Serving as Education Chair for the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA), she devised the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Initiative, coordinating NADTA outreach to HBCU’s in order to positively affect Black diaspora inclusion and education within drama/expressive therapies fields.

A recipient of a Drama Therapy Fund Professional Research Grant, her published work and conference presentations focus on adoption from foster care and intersections of identity using narrative inquiry and novel narrative arts-based digital media interventions.

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