RESEARCH

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:

  1. Outcome/efficacy research
  2. Art therapy and neuroscience
  3. Research on the processes and mechanisms in art therapy
  4. Art therapy assessment validity and reliability
  5. Cross-cultural/multicultural approaches to art therapy assessment and practice
  6. Establishment of a database of normative artwork across the lifespan

SEEKING TO ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING RESEARCH QUESTIONS:

  1. What interventions produce specific outcomes with particular populations or specific disorders?
  2. How does art therapy compare to other therapeutic disciplines that do not include art practice in terms of various outcomes?
  3. How reliable and valid is any art therapy assessment?
  4. What neurobiological processes are involved in art making during art therapy?
  5. To what extent do a person’s verbal associations to artwork created in art therapy enhance, support, or contradict?
  6. What are ways of making art therapy more effective for clients of different ethnic and racial backgrounds?

SUGGESTED POPULATIONS TO RESEARCH:

  1. Veterans
  2. Psychiatric major mental illness
  3. Autism/ASD
  4. Medical/Cancer
  5. At-risk youth in schools
  6. Geriatric

Summary provided by Drs. Donna Kaiser and Sarah Deaver. (2013). Establishing a Research Agenda for Art Therapy: A Delphi Study. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 30(3), 114-121.

ART THERAPY OUTCOMES BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Research Committee developed this listing of art therapy outcomes and single-subject studies that may be useful for purposes of research, grant writing, demonstrating support for an art therapy program, and as evidence of the effects of art therapy with various client populations. The AATA Research Committee plans to update this listing annually (Updates anticipated August, 2017). The Committee welcomes input from art therapists who become aware of studies that may have been missed. Please direct any corrections or additions to: info@arttherapy.org.

Art Therapy Outcomes Bibliography

JOURNAL

Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association is an informative member benefit that attracts a worldwide audience of art therapists and other professionals who want to up to date on research in the field. Members receive full complimentary access to the Journal electronically and can choose to receive paper copies of the Journal in the mail as part of their member benefits.

Members of the Association interested in contributing to the Journal by submitting Cover Artwork or an article, may click here.

ART THERAPY ASSESSMENTS BIBLIOGRAPHY

Art therapy assessments are used by art therapists in a variety of ways, including to determine a client’s level of functioning, formulate treatment objectives, assess a client’s strengths, gain a deeper understanding of a client’s presented problems, and to evaluate client progress. The evaluation of instrument validity and reliability is imperative in order to ensure the appropriate use of assessments.

The creation of the Assessments Bibliography was consistent with the Research Committee’s mission to facilitate greater access to scholarly communication and provide information to the general public regarding research in the field. The project was undertaken in 2015 after it was seen that the existing Outcomes Bibliography, undertaken in 2005, necessarily omitted much art therapy research. The document includes FAQs and the bibliography.

Art Therapy Assessment Bibliography

RESEARCH AWARDS

The Research Committee of the American Art Therapy Association promotes excellence in research through annual awards that recognize outstanding research in art therapy.