Cathy Malchiodi



Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT, is an art therapist, expressive arts therapist, research psychologist and clinical mental health counselor as well as a recognized authority on art therapy and expressive arts therapy with children, adults, and families. She has given more than invited 400 presentations on art therapy around the world and has published numerous articles, chapters, and books, including What to Do When Children Clam Up in Psychotherapy, Understanding Children’s Drawings, Handbook of Art Therapy (2nd ed.), Art Therapy Sourcebook (2nd ed.), Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems, and Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children (2nd ed.). A sought-after educator, Cathy has served as a professor at seven universities throughout the US and as a lecturer and consultant for a variety of national and international organizations, foundations and governmental agencies on the use of art therapy and expressive arts therapy for disaster relief, mental health, public health and wellness.


Cathy is the founder and executive director of Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, an organization dedicated to service, education and research on trauma-informed intervention for children, adults, families and communities. She has served on numerous boards of professional organizations including the American Counseling Association (ACA), Art Therapy Without Borders (ATWB), American Art Therapy Association (AATA), and Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC), among others, and on the Editorial Boards of The Arts in Psychotherapy, Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (China), and Academic Journal of Creative Arts Therapies (Israel). In recognition of her contributions to art therapy, Cathy was given the Honorary Life Member award from AATA (2002) and Kennedy Center Honors (1987) for her international art therapy work in China.


Cathy’s interest in digital technology spans several decades, including training in documentary filmmaking and animation, digital storytelling and computer-generated art. As a visual artist, her artwork often integrates traditional and digital images to create mixed media pieces that depict personal narratives. More recently, Cathy’s work with the Department of Defense has involved the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) with returning combat military and various forms of digital art therapy with children, adolescents and adults who are recovering from medical illnesses or traumatic brain injury. As a recreational pilot, she also enjoys her time in flight simulators (VR technology) to learn more about how to be an excellent aviator.


Cathy has also been actively involved in online communities and social networking platforms as an advocate and activist for the role of art therapy in health since 1995. In 2008, Psychology Today selected her as one of ten individuals to blog on the topic of “Arts and Health;” her column currently has a readership of over 4.4 million. One of the initial founders of the Art Therapy + Happiness Project, an online art making community, she continues to explore and envision how social networking platforms can improve the lives of individuals through the positive psychology principles of connection, compassion, courage and contribution.


You can listen to some of Cathy's interviews at or visit her website at

Cathy's other passion is Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy®; you can learn more about that at this website--

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