Person-Centered Expressive Arts Research

Research continues to confirm the effectiveness of the Person Centered Expressive Arts approach. Here is a partial list of dissertations.

Barbera, L. (2009). Palpable pedagogy: Expressive arts, leadership, and change in social justice teacher education. (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. 3385408.

Beymer, S. (1989). Expressive Arts: Transformational Tools of Growth. Thesis: Sonoma State University.

Davis H. (2006). Adjusting The Margins: Building Bridges Between Deaf and Hearing Cultures Through Performance Arts. (Electronic Thesis or Dissertation). Retrieved from

Drexel, S. (2009). Overcoming childhood sexual abuse: Applying expressive modalities through a group process. (Order No. 1470755, Prescott College). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. UMI: 305148357.

Eisenman, E. (1992). A Great Flame Rises: The Shadow, Addictive Disorders, and the Creative Arts Therapies. Thesis: Sonoma State University.

Evans, C. (1999). The nature and meaning of creative self-discovery in adult life: A sacred and heuristic inquiry into the lives of thirteen women (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Dissertations and Theses database. (AAT 9934564).

Fernandez, L. (2012). The effects of expressive arts on decision-making: Sense-making of decisions in situations of complexity and ambiguity. (Doctoral dissertation). The European Graduate School.

Forest, H. (2007). Inside Story: An Arts-Based Exploration of the Creative Process of the Storyteller as Leader. Dissertations & Theses. Paper 9.

Fuchs, F. (1982). Exploring Women’s Creative Process: A Personal and Universal Journey. Thesis: Sonoma State University.

Goslin-Jones, T. (2010). The perceived effects of person-centered expressive arts on one’s work experience. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. UMI number: 3418296. Available at

Grace, M. (1995). Expressive Arts as a Doorway to the Divine. Thesis: Prescott College.

Graves, L. (1990). Living the Dream: Connecting the Creative to My Life Path. Internship Paper: Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute.

Hartke, C. (2012). Collective shadow work: Third generation germans engage with the legacy of the nazi era and holocaust. Saybrook University. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. UMI: 509451

Haozous, S. (1989). Fostering Identity Development with Creative Arts Therapy. Thesis: Sonoma State University.

Herron, S. A. (2010). Natalie Rogers: An experiential psychology of self-realization beyond Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers. Saybrook University. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. UMI: 3428084.

Hill, S. (2014). Narrative and person-centered art therapy for children with learning disabilities. (Order No. 1558960, Saint Mary’s College of California). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. UMI:1556118282.

Jacoby, J. (2009). Art, Water, and Circles: In What Ways Do Study Circles Empower Artists to Become Community Leaders around Water Issues. (Electronic Thesis or Dissertation). Retrieved from

Jahner, G. (2001). Embodying Change: The Transformative Power of Expressive Arts and Ritual. Volume II. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Union Graduate School, Ohio.

Khanna, M. (1989). A phenomenological investigation of creativity in person-centered expressive therapy. (Order No. 9021029, The University of Tennessee). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Retrieved from (303791049).

Klisanin, D. (2000). An intuitive inquiry into being-values through expressive arts: My personal journey. (Order No. 1407590, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.

Kurkinen, J. (2014). A person-centered qualitative study of the transformative effect of creativity and expressive arts therapy on personal change and healing. Saybrook University. Proquest Dissertations and theses database.

LaSarre, J. (1987). The seed of a child: Personal growth and the expressive arts process in dducation. Thesis: Sierra University, Santa Monica.

Linn, B. (2008). Expressive Arts for Adolescent Self-Esteem, Empowerment and Community. Thesis: Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. Available:

Lowry, B. (1986). Person-Centered Expressive Therapy: Exploring Creativity as a Path to the Heart. Thesis: Sonoma State University.

Ono, K. (1989). The Journey Toward Wholeness: Overcoming Obstacles in Spiritual Evolution and Facilitating the Process. Thesis: Sonoma State University.

Ondry, H. (1993). Cancer as a Mid-Life Awakening of Spirit through the Expressive Arts of Writing and Clay. Thesis: California Institute of Integral Studies.

Rasmussen, J. (2014). Expressive arts as a medium for expressing anger in women who self-silence. Saybrook University. Proquest Dissertations and theses database.

Scovill, Theresa. (2010). Creating an arts-based support group for women with developmental disabilities and problems with substance abuse. Thesis: Saybrook University.

Vaillancourt, G. (2009). Mentoring Apprentice Music Therapists for Peace and Social Justice through Community Music Therapy: An Arts-Based Study. Dissertations & Theses. Paper 8.

Wallingford, N. (2009). Expressive arts therapy: Powerful medicine for wholeness and healing. (Theses). UMI number: 1463308.

Warren, P. (2008). A heuristic study of the experience of eleven midlife, professional women who use the expressive arts and processes to reduce anxiety and stress. (Theses). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. UMI number: 3342631.

Wilson, A. (2008). Facilitators’ perceptions of what contributes to group synergy and collective resonance. Dissertation: Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. UMI: 3331299

Workman, S. L. (2001). Expressive arts therapy for a boy with ADHD, learning disabilities and divorce issues. (Order No. 1404881, Ursuline College). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. UMI number: 250932134.