Dr Shanee Stepakoff Shanee Stepakoff

Adjunct Professor
Expressive Arts Therapy
Counseling Psychology Department
School of Professional Psychology and Health

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

Shanee Stepakoff, PhD, PTR is a clinical psychologist and registered poetry therapist. She holds a PhD in clinical psychology (St. John's University) and a MFA in creative writing (The New School). She was the psychologist for the UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone for nearly two and a half years. She also spent two years as a psychologist/trainer for the Center for Victims of Torture, first in Guinea and later in Jordan. Additionally she has provided training and consultation to trauma treatment programs in Liberia, Cambodia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. In the U.S., she has been a clinician at Weill Cornell Medical College and at a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, and was the clinical services and community relations manager for the Boston Institute for Arts Therapy. Dr. Stepakoff was an adjunct professor in the graduate program in expressive therapies at Lesley University. She is the author or co-author of two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters and several literary essays. In recent years her poems have been published in J Journal: New Writing on Justice, and she was the third-place winner for the Gertrude Stein Award given by the Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. Dr. Stepakoff is a 1994 graduate of the two-year training program in Biblio/Poetry Therapy at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC, holds a Mentor/Supervisor credential from the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, and served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Poetry Therapy. She is now in private practice in New York City.

Invited Keynote Speaker, Arts & Global Health: Art, Memory, & Testimony in the Aftermath of Trauma, 5th Annual Arts in Healthcare Conference, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA., April, 2014

Keynote Commencement Speaker and Recipient of Honorary Doctoral Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa), Worcester State College, Worcester, Massachusetts, May 2007

Member of 7-person team from the Center for Victims of Torture selected for the 2006 American Psychological Association's International Humanitarian Award in recognition of extraordinary humanitarian service and activism by a team of psychologists, for services rendered to Liberian refugees in the refugee camps of Guinea, West Africa

Student Research Award, American Psychological Association, Division of Clinical Psychology, Section on the Psychology of Women, Aug. 1997 (for research on suicidal behavior in female college students)

Doctoral Fellowship, St. John's University, 1993-1996

Most Innovative Use of Organization Development Award, Organization Development Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, 1986 (for presentation on use of organization development to empower at-risk youth)

Highest Honors in Psychology, Clark University

Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Clark University

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