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Submitted and Published Papers


We are pleased to present our  two  article series  about  the  art therapy research strategic plan project!

VanLith, T., Gerber, N., & Centracchio, M. (2023).Preliminary modeling for strategic planning in art therapy research: A multi-phase sequential mixed methods study. Advance online publication. The Arts in Psychotherapy.

Gerber, N.,  Van Lith, T., & Centracchio, M. (2023). Creating an art therapy research strategic plan: A community participatory approach. The Arts in Psychotherapy,85, 1-9.

Dr. Theresa Van Lith, Ph.D., ATR-BC, AThR

Van Lith, T. & Bulason, J. (2022) Creating our own suspension bridge between practice and evidence. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 39(3), 119-120.


Van Lith, T., Quintero, A., Johns, S., & Grzywacz, J. G. (2021). Promoting kindergarten readiness using early intervention Art therapy with Latinx farmworker children. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 73, 101753.


Van Lith, T., & Beerse, M. (2019). An examination of contemporary and promising research strategies in art therapy. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 36(3), 141-148.


Van Lith, T., & Bullock, L. (2019). Do art therapists use vernacular? How art therapists’ communicate their scope of practice. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 35(3), 1-9.


Van Lith, T., & Voronin, L. (2016). Developing a critically reflexive practice for art therapists using external perceptions of art therapy. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 17(2), 194-206.


Van Lith, T. (2014). A meeting with 'I-Thou': Exploring the intersection between mental health recovery and art making through a co-operative inquiry. Action Research Journal, 12(3), 254-272.


Van Lith, T., Schofield, M., & Fenner, P. (2013). Identifying the evidence-base for art-based practices and their potential benefit for mental health recovery: A critical review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35(6), 1309-1323.

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 Nancy Gerber, Ph.D, ATR-BC

Gerber, N. (2022). Imagination and Arts-based practices for integration in research. Routledge.


Gerber, N.  & Siegesmund, R.(Eds.) (2022) Innovations in arts-based research: ABR provocations from the 16th International Congress of Qualitative Research [Special Issue].  International Review of Qualitative Research, 15(2). DOI: 10.1177/19408447221090651

Gerber, N., Biffi, E., Biondo, J., Gemignani, M., Hannes, K., & Siegesmund, R. (2020). Arts-

Based Research in the Social and Health Sciences: Pushing for Change with an Interdisciplinary Global Arts-Based Research Initiative. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 21(2),

Gerber, N., Kapitan, L., Gussak, D., Forinash, M., Kaimal, G., & LaCivita, J. (2020).

 Doctoral Education in Art Therapy: Current Trends and Future Directions.  Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2020.1761735


Gerber, N. (2020).  Saving our soul:  Imagination as social activism. In N. K. Denzin & J.Salvo

 (Eds.) New Directions in  Theorizing Qualitative Inquiry (pp. 115-130). Myers Education


Gerber, N., Bryl, K., Potvin, N., & Blank, C. A. (2018). Arts-based research approaches to

studying mechanisms of change and transformation in the Creative Arts Therapies [Special issue].

Frontiers in Psychology Special Issue:  The state of the art in Creative Arts Therapies.

Archibald, M., & Gerber, N. (2018). Arts and mixed methods research: An innovative methodological merger [Special issue]. American Behavioral Scientist. Advance online publication,

Gerber, N., & Myers-Coffman, K. (2018). Translation in arts-based research. In P. Leavy

 (Ed.). Handbook of Arts-Based Research (587-607). New York, NY: Guilford Press.


Scotti, V., & Gerber, N. (2017). Rendering beyond_words in transitioning to motherhood

through visual and dramatic arts [Special Issue]. Voices, 17(3).


Gerber, N. (2016) Mixed methods research and art therapy. In  D. Gussak M. Rosal (Eds.). The Wiley- Blackwell Handbook of Art Therapy (pp. 654-662). Oxford,UK: Wiley-Blackwell


Chilton, G., Gerber, N., & Scotti, V. (2015). Towards an aesthetic intersubjective paradigm for arts based research:  An art therapy perspective. UNESCO Observatory Multi-disciplinary Journal in the Arts, 5 (1), 1-27.  

Gerber, N., Templeton, E., Chilton, G., Cohen-Liebman, M.S., Manders, E., Shim, M. (2012). Art based research as a pedagogical approach to studying intersubjectivity in the creative arts therapies. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 3(1), 39-48.

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