The Research Committee is dedicated to encouraging, supporting, and promoting a broad base of research that is grounded in diverse methodologies. By providing information to the public and the membership, the committee promotes standards of art therapy research, produces a registry of outcomes based research, and honors professional and student research activity.
ART THERAPY PRIORITY RESEARCH AREAS
FOCUSING RESEARCH EFFORTS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
- Outcome/efficacy research
- Art therapy and neuroscience
- Research on the processes and mechanisms in art therapy
- Art therapy assessment validity and reliability
- Cross-cultural/multicultural approaches to art therapy assessment and practice
- Establishment of a database of normative artwork across the lifespan
SEEKING TO ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING RESEARCH QUESTIONS:
- What interventions produce specific outcomes with particular populations or specific disorders?
- How does art therapy compare to other therapeutic disciplines that do not include art practice in terms of various outcomes?
- How reliable and valid is any art therapy assessment?
- What neurobiological processes are involved in art making during art therapy?
- To what extent do a person’s verbal associations to artwork created in art therapy enhance, support, or contradict?
- What are ways of making art therapy more effective for clients of different ethnic and racial backgrounds?
SUGGESTED POPULATIONS TO RESEARCH:
- Psychiatric major mental illness
- At-risk youth in schools
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SEARCH TOOL
AATA’s Art Therapy Bibliographic Search Tool allows you to find listings of art therapy publications and theses from FOUR research sources: the Art Therapy Outcomes Bibliography, the Art Therapy Assessment Bibliography, the Multicultural Committee Selected Bibliography and Resource List, and the National Art Therapy Thesis and Dissertation Abstract Compilation.
The Art Therapy Bibliographic Search Tool enables you to search bibliographic entries based on one or all of the following characteristics: author name, category/treatment group, keywords, title, reference type, and year of publication.
AATA Member Exclusive: All AATA members have the benefit of viewing more details about each database entry, including abstracts, topics, and comments!
Members of the Association interested in contributing to the Journal by submitting Cover Artwork or an article, may click here.
The Research Committee of the American Art Therapy Association promotes excellence in research through annual awards that recognize outstanding research in art therapy.
Gladys Agell Award for Excellence in Research: This award is given out to student members of the American Art Therapy Association in support of excellence in research.
Rawley Silver Research Award: The purpose of this award is to fund an art therapy research study in its proposal stage.