Raquel Stephenson

Associate Professor/Art Therapy Coordinator

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Dr. Stephenson is a board certified, registered art therapist (ATR-BC) and a licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT). She joined Lesley in 2013 as a core faculty member of the Expressive Therapies Division, in the Art Therapy Program.

Prior to joining Lesley, Dr. Stephenson was a 2010/2011 Fulbright Scholar to Estonia, where she taught at in the Department of Applied Creativity at Tallinn University and continues to teach periodically as a visiting guest lecturer. Dr. Stephenson teaches in New York University’s graduate art therapy program and has taught at School of Visual Arts in the graduate art therapy program. 

Committed to improving the lives of older adults through the arts, Dr. Stephenson’s clinical work and research has focused on a wide spectrum of older populations. She was the founder, clinical supervisor and program director of New York University’s Creative Aging Therapeutic Services - a community-based program that provided art therapy to well older adults and those with dementia. She also worked on the geriatric psychiatry unit at St. Luke’s hospital in New York City, and with programs for individuals with HIV/AIDS. She presents her work on the intersection of arts and aging and consults with emerging clinical art therapy programs nationally and internationally, and recently designed and implemented the first creative arts therapy program for older adults with dementia in Estonia. 

Dr. Stephenson serves on the National Advisory Council and Program Advisory Committee of Arts for the Aging in Rockville, MD, and the Advisory Council of the Art Therapy Project in New York City. She also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Creativity and Human Development, located in Scotland. Dr. Stephenson is involved with the American Art Therapy Association, and recently served on the Educational Program Review Board and Accreditation Council of Art Therapy Education.  

Dr. Stephenson is a Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Arts and Health at Lesley University. She loves to be outdoors in any way possible, especially sailing, skiing, skating, hiking, and spending time with her husband, son, and very large dog.  While she loves New England, Dr. Stephenson is an enthusiastic explorer and thrives on a journey to anywhere.

Scholarship

Book Chapter

Chapin Stephenson, R. (2015). Color my words – How art therapy creates new pathways of communication. In L. Cardoza (Ed) Communication and Aging: Creative Approaches to Improving the Quality of Life. Plural Publishing, Inc.

Special Issue  

Guest Editor: Creative Aging in the USA: State of the Field. (In Press). International Journal of Creativity and Human Development.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Chapin Stephenson, R. (In Press). Economics and Opportunities of Creative Aging Programs: Can creative arts programs reduce health care costs in the USA? International Journal of Creativity and Human Development.

Chapin Stephenson, R. (2014). Art in aging: How identity as an artist can transcend the challenges of aging. International Journal of Creativity and Human Development 1(3).

Chapin Stephenson, R. (2013). Promoting wellbeing and gerotranscendence through an art therapy program for older adults. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.

Chapin Stephenson, R. (2010). The Creative Experience of Women: Art Making and Old Age. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT). 

Chapin Stephenson, R. (2006). Promoting self-expression through art therapy. Generations, 3 (1).

Chapin, R. (2004) Promoting intrapersonal and spatial intelligence through art therapy activities. The Older Learner, 12 (1).

Film Review and Newsletters

Chapin Stephenson, R. (2015). Communication and dementia: Painting a new path through art therapy. Art Therapy Today, http://multibriefs.com/briefs/aata/aata112515.php

Chapin Stephenson, R. (2015). Art Therapy in Ukraine. International Journal of Creativity and Human Development Newsletter.

Chapin Stephenson, R. (2008). Film Review: Journey by heart. Art Therapy: Journal of AATA, 25(4).

Selected Recent Presentations

“Dynamically Interpreting Artwork” Ukraine Art Therapy Association Conference, Kyiv Ukraine, February 2017 (via Skype)

“The Arts in Aging: Opportunities and Challenges for Art Therapists” Canadian Art Therapy Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 2016

 “Aesthetic, Cultural and Historical Moments that Define Us: Developing Understanding Across the Generations” Western Ukrainian Art Therapy Conference, Lviv, Ukraine, September 2016 (Via Skype)

“Developing Evaluation Tools for Multidisciplinary Creative Aging Programming: The Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA) Model.” With Janine Tursini and Anthony Hyatt. National Center for Creative Aging Leadership Exchange and Conference, Washington, DC, September 2016

“The Dementia Project of Estonia: Creative Arts Therapy Program Implementation and Outcomes,” with Signe Krikmann. National Center for Creative Aging Leadership Exchange and Conference, Washington, DC, September 2016

“Multi-Media Arts Project at the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly,” with Gene Diaz and Donna Newman-Bluestein. National Center for Creative Aging Leadership Exchange and Conference, Washington, DC, September 2016

“Back In My Day”: Developing Cultural Competency Across the Generations,” National Center for Creative Aging Leadership Exchange and Conference, Washington, DC, September 2016

“Arts in Aging: How Do We Measure Health and Wellbeing?” Tallinn University, May 2016

“Creative Approaches to Healthy Aging,” with Vivien Marcow-Speiser and Gene Diaz. Lesley University Institute of Arts and Health Annual Conference, Cambridge, MA April 2016

“Multi-Media Arts Project at the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly,” with Vivien Marcow-Speiser and Francine Godfrey. Lesley University Community of Scholars Day, Cambridge, MA March 2016

“Back In My Day”: Developing Cultural Competency Across the Generation” Workshop, Ukraine Art Therapy Association Conference, Kyiv Ukraine, February 2016 (via Skype)

“Teaching Cultural Humility, Responsiveness, and Competency in the Arts Therapies,” with Nisha Sajnani, Karen Estrella, Nancy Beardall, Rebecca Zarate and Angelica Pinna-Perez. European Consortium of Arts Therapy Educators, Palermo, Italy, September 2015

“Impact of History on Cultural Beliefs: Training Intergenerational Arts Therapists” European Consortium of Arts Therapy Educators, Palermo, Italy, September 2015

“Dementia Project of Estonia” and “EPAB Panel” American Art Therapy Conference, Minneapolis, MN, July 2015

“From the Bench: When Science Considers Creative Aging” 2015 National Center for Creative Aging Conference and Leadership Exchange Washington, DC, May 2015

“Workshop: Techniques in Art Therapy” Kyiv, Ukraine, May 2015

“Health Improvement and Life Enhancement of Older Adults through the Arts” Lesley University Community of Scholars Day, Cambridge, MA March 2015

“Painting for Healing and Self-Expression” with Synthia Saint James, Simmons College, Boston, March 2015

“The Expressive Therapies: An Introduction to the Potential of the Arts in Mental Health Counseling” with Nisha Sajnani, Angelica Pinna-Perez, Nancy Beardall and Rebecca Zarate. Panel, Harvard Conte Center, Perspectives on Mental Illness Workshop, Cambridge, MA, January 2015

“Bridging Transition of Care through the Arts and Humanities,” 2014 National Center for Creative Aging Conference and Leadership Exchange, Washington, DC, June 2014.

“Eesti CATS: Creative Aging Therapeutic Services of Estonia,” Global Arts Series, Lesley University, March 2014.

“Classism and Ageism: From the Perspective of the United States and Estonia,” School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, September 2013.

“Promoting Gerotranscendence With Older Adults”, AATA National Conference, Seattle, WA, June 2013

Keynote: “Art Therapy Programs for Dementia Support and Wellness Promotion in Old Age”, Arts in Healthcare, Five Years, Tallinn University, Estonia, October 2012

“Art Therapy with Older Adults in America”, Convention Bénévoles 2012, Fondation Orient-Occident, Centre de Rabat, Morocco, March 2012
 

Education

Ph.D., New York University
M.A., New York University
B.F.A., University of Michigan.

Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC)
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT)