Ph.D., ATR-BC, LCAT
Dr. Raquel Stephenson is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Lesley University’s Art Therapy Program, Core Faculty in the Ph.D. Expressive Therapies program, and Faculty Fellow in Lesley’s Institute for the Arts in Health. She was a 2010/2011 Fulbright Scholar to Estonia, where she taught in the Department of Applied Creativity at Tallinn University and continues to teach periodically as a visiting guest lecturer. She is adjunct faculty at New York University. Dr. Stephenson is a board certified, registered art therapist (ATR-BC) and a licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT).
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. She 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 Outreach Center in New York City. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the international journal, Creativity and Human Development. Dr. Stephenson is involved with the American Art Therapy Association, having served on the Educational Program Review Board and Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.
Daniel Hyams is a native of London, England. His undergraduate studies focused on Music Psychology and Sociology, followed by introductory training in Play Therapy, and leading to a Masters in Music Therapy from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. Daniel is currently completing his dissertation towards a PhD in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University, Cambridge MA USA. His dissertation is entitled 'Music Therapy as an Intermodal Practice'.
Daniel has spent the last 4 years (2009-12) working in London for a music academy that provides music therapy in schools, long-term care facilities and community centres. Daniel's work included working with foster care families, children in the adoption system and a pilot project funded by the local NHS for families of children with special needs, which was included in the 2011 United Nations Compendium "Music As A Global Resource', featuring music based projects that promote social inclusion. Daniel is interested in the multi-disciplinary approach to therapeutic and psychological healthcare.
Mike van Graan graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in the early eighties, having majored in English, and with a BA Honours degree in Drama. He is currently registered at UCT’s Drama Department for a Masters degree where he is exploring the (relative absence of the) theme of HIV/AIDS in mainstream, professional theatre since 1994.
Prior to the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, he served in leadership positions in numerous anti-apartheid cultural NGOs such as the Community Arts Project, Congress of South African Writers and the National Arts Coalition. He was appointed as a Special Advisor to the first Minister responsible for arts and culture in Nelson Mandela’s cabinet, where he played an influential role in helping to shape post-apartheid cultural policies.
Lilian is a Mexican Psychologist who has specialized in creativity since graduating from the Autonomous National Mexican University (UNAM), where she has taught in the School of Psychology for 31 years. She has a Masters Degree in Educational Communication from the Latin-American Institute for Educational Communication, Mexico, and a Masters in Creativity from Santiago de Compostela University, Spain. She is currently undertaking a Doctoral Degree at the Institute of Education, London. Her research focuses on the competencies required by higher education teachers for fostering students’ creativity.
Two years ago, Calum, a 13 year old boy on the autistic spectrum would not have been walking along the River Ness making his way to the theatre to attend an animation class. He would not have had the confidence, the trust or the opportunity. The same could be said of Laura, a 21 year old student, who at age 9 lost her mother to cancer. The grief that followed led to destructive behaviour, a decrease in her self esteem and an eventual suspension from school. It was only when they took advantage of creative opportunities offered by their local theatre, Eden Court, that their confidence increased and their artistic passions were fuelled and developed.