Christine Kerr, Ph.D., A.T.R.-BC, LCAT has been the Director of Clinical Art Therapy Programsat LIU, Post for the past 25 years and a professor for over 29 years. Dr. Kerr holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has been a practicing board certified clinical art therapist for over 45 years. Dr. Kerr maintains an active private practice and her main focus is family and couples therapy and Social Action initiatives. .Routinely Dr. Kerr has been invited to lecture internationally on family therapy, family art therapy and Social Action. Her lectures have been featured throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Russia, the Far East and Central and South America. In 2008, Dr. Kerr spearheaded, edited and authored the recognized title Family Art Therapy, published by Taylor-Rutledge (245 pages). This text has been translated into six languages. It is currently being translated into Russian. In 2015 Dr. Kerr, published the first International Multicultural Family Art Therapy.
Vera Heller is currently an art therapy professor at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Canada. She is an art therapist, social worker, psychotherapist and visual artist. She obtained her Ph.D. in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University in the United States. Her research revolves around cross-cultural issues and the topics of displacement, mourning, individuation and the artistic process. Vera used to facilitate a variety of workshops in Quebec, Cuba, Mexico and Brazil that became the foundations of her further inquiries. The workshop titled «My life, an artist’s book» eventually constituted the cornerstone of her work on narrative identity. Vera obtained a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. She currently maintains a regular artistic practice. She has participated in various invited individual and group exhibitions in Quebec, the United States and Switzerland. She uses geographic maps as metaphors of displacement and the mediums of collage and painting in her artwork.
Professor Mimmu Rankanen is currently leading the Art Therapy Program at the OsloMET University in Norway and works as a scientific head of the professional Group Art Therapy Program at Roiha Institute in Finland. She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Handling Mind research group at Aalto University as well as CERADA research group at the University of the Arts Helsinki in Finland.
Her doctoral research (2016) focused on how client’s experience the process and impacts of art therapy. Currently, her research interests include embodied views on art therapy process and mechanisms of change in art therapy She has presented in over twenty international conferences and her publications include multiple journal articles, book chapters, a handbook of art therapy and a doctoral dissertation.
Mimmu Rankanen is a state authorized psychotherapist, psychotherapy supervisor and art therapist. Currently, she also works part-time at private practice doing long-term clinical art therapy with adults suffering from various mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders and bipolar disorder.
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