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Master’s Students Help Build the Body of Knowledge

Creative Arts Therapies faculty and Students at computer

The MA programs in the Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University have always challenged graduate students to become what Conrad and Bolyard Millar described in their 1993 study A Silent Success: Master’s Education in the United States: scholarly practitioners.

To this end, each student in the Dance/ Movement Therapy, Music Therapy and Art Therapy produces a thesis. Through this project students are expected to learn the research process and to defend their work in a formal thesis defense.

Drs. Elizabeth Hartzell, Paul Nolan and Nancy Gerber help Master’s students locate online resources.

An ambitious undertaking, but one with rewards. A number of our students have published theses in the peer-reviewed literature, and some have surmounted the challenges of the publication process to report their master’s thesis findings in a professional publication. With pride, we salute these alumni and their contributions to the professional literature. A sampling of their works appears here.

Courtnage, Alesya (2000). Providing rationale for the use of infant directed singing, In Loewy, Joanne V. (Ed). Music Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. pp. 71-79. New York: BIMC Satchnote Press.

DiGiacomo, A, (2007) The creative envelope: A theoretical model of the creative process in music therapy through psychodynamic and humanistic perspectives/«L’enveloppe créative»: un modèle théorique du processus créateur en musicothérapie sous une perspective psychodynamique et humaniste, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy Vol.13(2), pp. 63-73.

Erwin-Grabner, Tracy, Goodill, S., Schelly Hill, E. & Von Neida K. (1999) Effectiveness of Dance/Movement Therapy on reducing test anxiety. American Journal of Dance Therapy 21(1) pp. 19-34.

Ginsbergs, Vera. & Goodill, S. (2009) A Dance/Movement Therapy Clinical Model for Women with Gynecologic Cancer Undergoing High Dose Rate Brachytherapy . American Journal of Dance Therapy 31(2), pp .136-158.

Koch, Sabine, Cruz, RF & Goodill, S. (2001) The Kestenberg Movement Profile: Performance of Novice Raters. American Journal of Dance Therapy 23(2), pp. 71-87.

Maack, C & Nolan, P. (1999). The effects of Guided Imagery and Music on reported change in normal adults. Journal of Music Therapy 36(1) pp. 39 - 55. Pylvanainen, Paivi (2003)Body Image: A Tripartite Model for Use in Dance/ Movement Therapy American Journal of Dance Therapy 25(1) pp. 39-55.

Sheller, Sandra. (2007). Understanding insecure attachment: A study using children’s bird next imagery. Art therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association 14(3), pp. 119-127. Trombetta, Robert. (2007). Men and the expressivity gap. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association 24(1), pp. 29-32.

Turetsky, Cheryl.& Hays, R. (2003). Development of an art therapy model for the prevention and treatment of unresolved grief during mid-life. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association 20(3), pp. 148-156.

Drs. Elizabeth Hartzell, Paul Nolan and Nancy Gerber help Master’s students locate online resources