About Lee Ann
I have been providing art therapy and psychotherapy to people of all ages with a variety of psychological and interpersonal issues for almost 15 years. My specialty is art therapy for people with medical issues, an interest that stems from having lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years. I have been a guest presenter and art workshop facilitator for local, regional and national diabetes groups and events, including the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Conference. I organize and facilitate the web-based art initiatives, Diabetes Art Day and World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange.
I am currently a doctoral student in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University in Boston. I am conducting web-based research using the social network, VIAL Project, to investigate the experience of people with type 1 diabetes and food and body issues, including those with eating disorders, and their experience making and sharing creative expression, and using social networking to connect with each other.
In addition to my work with the diabetes community, I have led workshops and groups for cancer survivors, fibromyalgia patients, and girls with Turner Syndrome and their families.
Outside of my practice, I am Adjunct Professor of Art Therapy at Holy Family University, active in social media as an advocate for diabetes, mental health, and arts in healthcare causes, and a painter and mixed-media artist.
I have a BFA from Temple University, and an MA in Art Therapy from Drexel University. I am a professional member of the American Art Therapy Association, Art Therapy Alliance, American Diabetes Association, and Society for Arts in Healthcare, and I serve on the board of the Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association. I received the 2010 Ron Hays Presenter’s Award, and the 2012 Innovative Applications of Art Therapy Award from the Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association.