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Cathy Malchiodi, PhD (www.cathymalchiodi.com) is an art therapy maven, leading international expert, independent scholar, and author in the fields of art therapy and art in healthcare. Cathy is a research psychologist, mental health counselor, and licensed and board certified art therapist. She is a co-founder of Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc, an world-wide group dedicated to providing art therapy information, educational programs, and service, and the founder of the global networking group, International Art Therapy Organization. A popular speaker, Cathy has given over 300 invited keynotes, workshops, and courses throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University's Expressive Therapies Department for over 20 years and has been a visiting professor at numerous universities throughout the US and Europe.
Cathy is a recognized advocate, visionary, change-agent, and innovator of art therapy programs for children, adolescents, adults, and families, particularly with survivors of trauma. Cathy is a Board Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Certified Trauma Specialist, Level III. She has been involved in a wide variety of community, national, and international agencies, including the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, Issues Deliberation America/Australia, American Art Therapy Association, and Save the Children Foundation, helping to create a global art therapy initiative for children in need in the West Bank and Africa. Cathy has also served on the boards of American Counseling Association (ACA), serving as the first Representative from the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC); Association for Humanistic Counseling (President); American Art Therapy Association (AATA); and on numerous national and international boards in mental health, counseling, arts, and public service. In honor of her clinical and academic contributions, Cathy is the only person to have received all three of the American Art Therapy Association's highest honors: Distinguished Service Award, Clinician Award, and Honorary Life Member Award. She has also received national honors from the Kennedy Center and Very Special Arts (VSA). She is an active participant in the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, serving on their ethics and research committees and as Special Interest Group Leader for Medical Art Therapy.
Cathy is regularly interviewed by the news media in publications such as Prevention, Better Homes & Garden, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan, Psychology Today, Congressional Quarterly, Alternative & Complementary Therapies, Boston Globe, New York Times, US News & World Report, and in other print and internet sources.