Arts & Health Webinar: Why Art Therapy Works!

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Can art therapy have measurable health outcomes on our physiology and psychology? How can creativity and self-expression aid in resilience, recovery, and overall health? Join us for a fascinating conversation with Dr. Girijia Kaimal, a trailblazer in the world of art therapy who was listed among 100 Women Scientists Leading Research and one of the Ten People Whose Research Changed the World.
Girijia Kaimal (EdD, MA, ATR-BC) is  an associate professor in the PhD program in  Creative Arts Therapies  at Drexel University. In her  Health, Arts, Learning and Evaluation (HALE) research lab, she examines the physiological and psychological health outcomes of visual and narrative self-expression. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, has led research and evaluation studies and has had continuous grant funding since 2008. Her research has been featured by NPR, CNN, The New York Times as well as a range of media outlets worldwide. She is PI for two studies funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, examining outcomes of art therapy for military service members with traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress, and arts-based approaches to mitigate chronic stress among patients and caregivers in pediatric hematology/oncology units. Additional current studies include examining the therapeutic underpinnings of indigenous and traditional artforms and serving as a research advisor to Save the Children International on projects that examine the role of the arts in education and human development. 

  Sonia Azad (Host): Sonia Azad is an Emmy®Award winning journalist and reporter at WFAA in Dallas, TX, specializing in health and wellness. In 2012, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters named Sonia one of the best reporters in the state. And in 2017, the Texas Medical Association awarded Sonia for her series on Egg Freezing. Most recently, Sonia’s coverage spans fitness, nutrition, medical advancements & research, as well as public health and infectious disease, including Ebola, Zika and CoVid-19. 
  Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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