Executive Board

Executive Board

NAME:

Val Huet, PhD

POSITION:

President

COUNTRY:

France/UK

Val Huet

Dr Val Huet (PhD) trained in sculpture at Camberwell School of Arts and qualified as an Art Therapist in 1986. She is a qualified Group Psychotherapist and Organisational Consultant. Throughout her career, Dr Huet worked in mental health services with adults, and with children and adolescents. For several years, she managed a large arts therapies department within the National Health Service.

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She has worked in partnership with arts therapists, Allied Health Professions, Psychologists, and Psychotherapists within a range of settings. Her practice is now with professionals and teams using art-based approaches for work-related stress, having completed a PhD on this topic in 2015. She continues her research work within the NHS and on a freelance basis. An interest in the importance of the body/mind connection in all these processes has led her to set up a new project with Kings College Hospital where she is developing online art therapy groups for people living with chronic pain.

In 2003, Dr Huet was appointed the first Chief Executive Officer of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). From October 2020 to July 2002, she was its Director of Research. She lectures internationally and has published extensively. Her art practice focuses on life drawing and sculpture.

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NAME:

Tony Yu Zhou, PhD, CMA

POSITION:

CEO, Executive Committee

COUNTRY:

China/Netherland

Tony Yu Zhou

Dr. Zhou holds a doctoral degree in biomedicine and has been working and living in China and Europe for many years.  Though trained as a scientist, he has been greatly intrigued by modern dance and dance therapy since 2002. He has played an important role in driving the development of creative arts therapy and education in China and the world.

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Dr. Zhou serves on an international advisory board for the journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. He founded Inspirees Education Group and Creative Arts Education and Therapy (CAET) – Eastern and Western Perspectives, the international open access journal. He is also a certified movement analyst (CMA) trained by LIMS in New York. Dr. Zhou is the team leader for the Chinese Group of Arts Therapy, Chinese Psychological Society, Guest Professor of Beijing Normal University, Co-founder and core member of World Alliance of Dance Movement Therapy. He also serves as the CEO of International Association of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (IACAET).

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NAME:

Michal Lev, Ph.D., LCAT, CMFT

POSITION:

Board member, Executive Committee

COUNTRY:

Israel

Michal Lev

Dr. Michal Lev is an accredited board-certified art therapist, supervisor, and a certified family psychotherapist. She is a faculty lecturer at the graduate art therapy program at Ono Academy – ASA, and a guest lecturer at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, advising students in their seminar thesis and promoting art-based pedagogy and research. Her published research and presentations focus on intimacy, art-based research, and creative process-oriented pedagogy.  

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Her clinical practice included inpatient and outpatient treatments for adults with mental health issues. In her established private practice for couples and families Michal incorporates expressive therapies to deal with intimacy issues and promote wellbeing. Dr. Lev was the head of the approval committee for YAHAT- the Expressive Therapies Organization in Israel between 2016-2022, supporting public legislation for expressive therapies. Since 2022 she is an Executive Committee member in the International Association for Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (IACAET), and a co-editor for the open access Journal – CAET. As a social activist, artist, and enterpreuner, she maintains artmaking for innovation, inquiry and knowledge. Since October 7th, 2023 terrorist attack, Michal has been significant and influential in the establishment of field-treatment centers, supervising and treating victims and survivors.

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NAME:

Phillip Speiser, PhD, REAT, RDT-BC

POSITION:

Co-Chair, Events Committee

COUNTRY:

USA

Phillip Speiser

Dr. Philip Speiser is an expressive arts educator/therapist, drama therapist, and psychodramatist who has developed and implemented integrated arts therapy and educational programs for children, adolescents and families for over four decades. He is currently Director of Parkside Arts and Health Associates in Boston Massachusetts.

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He has served as director at the Arbour Counseling Partial Hospitalization Program in Norwell, MA and also the founding director of the arts therapy department at Whittier Street Health Center, Boston. He has worked and developed programs with individuals and groups in conflict around the globe.

After 9/11 he developed and implemented the Healing Arts Program, an arts-based ‘trauma recovery/prevention’ program in Boston and New York City.

In the early 1990’s he was a founding member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and served as co-chair. During the 1980’s he lived in Sweden and did pioneering work in the field of Expressive Arts & Expressive Arts Therapy throughout Scandinavia. Phil is a senior lecturer at Lesley University, Cambridge MA & research associate at Drama For Life, University of the Witwatersrand, SA.  He has taught at numerous colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He has worked extensively within the fields of mental health, special education, arts and medicine/health/disabilities and conflict transformation.

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NAME:

Devika Mehta, UK/RDMP

POSITION:

Regional Director (Asia), Executive Committee

COUNTRY:

India

Devika Mehta

Devika Mehta is a practicing Dance Movement Psychotherapist (R-DMP) registered with Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, UK (ADMP(UK)) and Indian Association of Dance Movement Therapy (IADMT). She is the Course Director for the Post Graduate Diploma Program in Expressive Arts Therapy at St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai  and faculty for Diploma courses in Dance Movement Therapy.

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She is the Co-Founder of ‘Synchrony’, an organisation that provides mental health services and trainings through creative arts with various populations. Ms. Mehta is the elected Treasurer and the Founding board member of IADMT. She is an Advisory  Board  Member of Creative Movement Therapy Association, India.  She has represented her work in India on multiple International Conferences and contributed to article on development of DMT in Asia. Her areas of interest are in that of neuro-rehabilitation, cultural consciousness in the body and working with adolescents.

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NAME:

Deborah Green, PhD

POSITION:

Co-Chair, Education Committee

COUNTRY:

New Zealand

Deborah Green

Deborah is a passionate practitioner of entangled praxes, embracing Trickster playfulness within her roles of therapist, educator, arts-based researcher and Head of the School of Creative Arts Therapies at Whitecliffe College. She began her career of interwoven arts, education and health in South Africa. Within the South African University and Health sectors (1990 to 2004) she studied Drama Studies, lectured, worked in educational/community theatre, and community development, then gained a Masters in Adult Education, lectured, and worked in lifeskills and HIV/AIDS education and counselling.

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Upon arrival in Aotearoa, New Zealand, she trained as an Arts Therapist through Whitecliffe. She was awarded her PhD by the University of Auckland in 2016 for an arts-based autoethnographic thesis exploring her arts therapy practice during the Canterbury earthquakes. She is an ardent advocate of arts-based practices, supervises masters and PhD/Prof Doc students at various institutions, is co-editor for the academic journal JoCAT, has published on various aspects of her creative arts therapy/research work in a range of academic journals and books and has presented at conferences/symposia in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

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NAME:

Claudio Mochi, MA, RP, RPT-S™

POSITION:

Co-Chair, Education Committee

COUNTRY:

Italy

Claudio Mochi

Claudio was born in Rome, Italy. He is a Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescents Psychotherapist, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor™ with the Association for Play Therapy. He is the Director of the University Master’s Program in Play Therapy of the International Academy for Play Therapy (INA) and the European University of Rome (UER). Claudio Mochi has a Master of Arts in Creative Psychotherapy and specializes in Emergency Interventions and Trauma with more than 20 years of international field experience in Disaster Mental Health.

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He  presented and trained professionals in Play Therapy, Creative Psychotherapy and trauma in 6 Continents and over 20 Countries.  Claudio is author of Beyond the Clouds: An Autoethnographic Research Exploring Good Practice In Crisis Settings (Mochi, 2022). He has published several book chapters and articles on play therapy and crisis interventions.  He has co-edited the book Play Therapy and Expressive Arts in a Complex and Dynamic World: Opportunities and Challenges Inside and Outside the Playroom (Cassina, Mochi & Stagnitti, 2023) published by Routledge. 

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NAME:

Joanna To, REAT

POSITION:

Co-Chair, Events Committee

COUNTRY:

Hong Kong, China

Joanna To

Joanna To, founder of Arts for Change,  is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, MARI® practitioner,  and Honorary Lecturer at the Universality of Hong Kong. She was a Board Director of the Australia, New Zealand and Asia Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA) from 2020 to 2023. She is passionate in integrating Chinese arts and mindfulness practices under the domain of expressive arts therapy.

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She has been providing individual and group expressive arts therapy for different populations including local and international schools, corporations, NGOs, youth centres and elderly homes. Prior to becoming a therapist, Joanna had been a Marketing and Communications professional with Fortune 500 companies for over 15 years. With her expertise working in corporate settings, she has been developing different arts-based programmes such as staff training and development, career counselling, employee well-being and engagement , team building, etc. She would love to promote Expressive Arts Therapy to the general public in cultivating personal growth and holistic health.

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NAME:

Stephen Clift, PhD

POSITION:

Co-Chair, Research Committee

COUNTRY:

UK

Stephen Clift

Stephen is Professor Emeritus, Canterbury Christ Church University, and former Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health. He is a Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and Visiting Professor in the International Centre for Community Music, York St John University, and the School of Music, University of Leeds. Since 2000 he has pursued research in arts and heath, particularly the potential value of group singing for health and wellbeing. 

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Stephen was one of the founding editors of Arts & Health, an international journal for research, policy and practice.  He is joint editor with Professor Paul Camic of the Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

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Kathryn Grushka, PhD

POSITION:

Co-Chair, Research Committee

COUNTRY:

Australia

Kathryn Grushka

Dr Kathryn Grushka is a passionate visual artist, community artist, arts educator and an internationally published interdisciplinary visual arts researcher residing in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Her research is grounded in the benefits of the visual arts to understanding self and how engagement in and with the Arts supports the maintenance of personal health and well-being. This focus finds her researching with communities, crossing education, medical and health settings, such as aged care and disabilities.

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Kathryn’s practice and research scholarship draws on neuroscience, enactive cognition, creative learning and Deleuzoguattarian thinking. Her focus includes the performative work of making in the visual arts, the connection between art/science, both in educational and medical transdisciplinary research; arts-education and its methods in nurturing critical, ethical and caring individuals; narrative research and the significance of story-telling for individuals and across cultures; arts-based methods; the performative work of image construction; critical and social inquiry; subjectivity insights; embodied learning and visual performative pedagogies as they surround the contemporary subject.

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NAME:

Hiba Shalah

POSITION:

Chair, PR/Marketing Committee

COUNTRY:

Israel/Greece

Hiba Shalah

Hiba Shalah has 15 years professional background of leadership role in art and design industry.  She has extensive experience working with Alzheimer’s patients and autistic children, offering art therapy to those with emotional and mental health issues. For the past seven years, Hiba has served as an art therapist in both boarding and day schools, collaborating with Klalit and Maccabi Health Funds. She worked in the pediatric oncology department at Rambam Haifa Hospital and providing art therapy to individuals with various developmental and behavioral challenges.

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Hiba is currently a PhD student specializing in Art Therapy and Neuroaesthetics. She holds a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from the ASA College of Society and Arts, and a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from Emek Jezreel Afula College, complemented by a diploma in Design and Art. Hiba has further enriched her education with courses in art, preparatory, and portfolio preparation at Wizo College.

Over the past 15 years, Hiba has taught a wide range of subjects, including art, design, and animation. She has also managed a graphic design studio and served as the chief designer for a prominent company for seven years. Additionally, she has spent nine years as a lecturer in animation and art. Hiba’s dedication to art therapy has led her to work extensively with diverse populations, systems, and cases, accumulating seven years of specialized experience in the field.

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NAME:

Erica Hornthal, BC-DMT

POSITION:

Chair, Membership Committee

COUNTRY:

USA

Erica Hornthal

Erica Hornthal, a licensed clinical professional counselor and board-certified dance/movement therapist, is currently the CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy-the premiere dance/movement therapy practice in the Midwest. As an expert on the intersection of movement and mental health, she has appeared in hundreds of publications, podcasts, live newscasts, and radios.

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In her 10+ years as a dance/movement therapist, Erica has worked with thousands of patients aged 3-107! Known as “The Therapist Who Moves You,” Erica has truly changed the way people see movement with regard to mental health.  She has been recognized by Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement as a woman making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s.  Erica won the 2018 Global Excellence Award in the Alternative Medicine and Holistic Health Category from Global Health & Pharma and the 2020 Social Care Award for Best Movement Therapy Center in Chicagoland.

Erica’s area of expertise has caught the attention of multiple publications such as The Epoch Times, Dance Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, and PARADE. As an expert on the intersection of movement and mental health, she has appeared in hundreds of publications, podcasts, live newscasts, and radio including WGN, NBC, The Chicago Sun Times, The Chicago Tribune, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, Medium, NBC News Better, Reader’s Digest, and Prevention. As a columnist for Dance Informa Magazine, 30 Seconds, and Thrive Global, Erica writes about all things movement and mental health.

Erica’s is passionate about working with cognitive and movement disorders, neurologic conditions, anxiety and depression, and trauma.  Erica is dedicated to bringing awareness to the field of dance/movement therapy to mainstream culture.  She is eager to provide knowledge on why and how the body should be addressed in the therapeutic relationship; making the information digestible and accessible to anyone seeking to improve mental health.

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NAME:

Krystal Demaine, PhD, MT-BC, REAT

POSITION:

Regional Director (North America)

COUNTRY:

USA

Krystal Leah Demaine

Dr. Krystal Leah Demaine, a Music Therapist, Expressive Arts Therapist, and Professor of Expressive Therapies at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, USA, practices HEARTful healing note by note, through song, story, poetry, and creative curiosity. She is the author of The Roots & Rhythm of the Heart (2022) and Expressive Therapeutic Writing (Demaine & Einstein, 2024, Routledge).

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She holds credentials as a Board-Certified Music Therapist, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, and Registered Yoga teacher with advanced training in Neurologic Music Therapy, Performance Wellness, Integrative Medicine for Mental Health, and Trauma Sensitive HeartMath, she is a Certified Trauma and Resilience Specialist in Clinical Application (CTRS-C), and is a Listening Hour Practitioner. She has written numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presented her work across the globe. She is currently Professor of Expressive Therapies at Endicott College in Beverly, MA teaching Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy undergraduate degree programs and coordinating the biennial Endicott College Expressive Therapies Symposium. She serves on the undergraduate education committee of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), is Chair of Professional Development Committee of the Northeast Chapter of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), is on the IEATA conference planning committee, and the Beverly Cultural Council.

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Sevin Seda Güney, UK/RDMP

POSITION:

Regional Director (Europe)

COUNTRY:

Turkey

Sevin Seda Güney

Sevin Seda Güney is a licensed dance movement psychotherapist trained in London, currently based in Istanbul. She is experienced working with different ages, multicultural and multilingual groups, such as translators, volunteers, psychosocial support workers, social workers and healthcare providers. Her work is trauma-informed and she holds an empowering, rights-based approach.

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She has developed training programs in trauma rehabilitation based on the therapeutic use of movement for refugee children and youth, co-authoring chapters. She is providing post-disaster support, staff-care and wellbeing sessions. Seda is the former President of the Arts Psychotherapies Association, Türkiye.

She has worked in many different roles, including as an MHPSS supervisor, dance movement therapist, trainer of trainers, and also a well-being consultant for staff mental health. Additionally, Seda has facilitated trauma-informed, movement-based trainings for teams and teachers; worked with children and mothers under protection; and is currently working in the field of post disaster recovery. Following the devastating 2023 earthquake in Türkiye and Syria, Seda has been training and supervising psychosocial support staff working within the earthquake zones, using embodied methodologies for empowerment.

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NAME:

Mimma Della Cagnoletta, PhD

POSITION:

Regional Director (Europe)

COUNTRY:

Italy

Mimma Della Cagnoletta

Dr. Mimma Della Cagnoletta was trained in art therapy at Pratt Institute, New York, with Arthur Robbins. After that, she went back to Italy to found the Association Art Therapy Italiana in order to provide the first training program in art therapy and dance movement therapy for Italians in 1984.

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She has collaborated with Diane Waller to establish a partnership with Goldsmiths College and her training program and has been directing the training program for more than 20 years. Mimma has been teaching art therapy at the University of Milan, in the medical faculty of psychiatric rehabilitation, and is now co-director of advanced studies at Art therapy Italiana. Teaching art therapy has been a major commitment during her forty years of practice, but she also has a private practice and supervises students and professionals from the mental health field. She has many publications and wrote an handbook on psychodynamic oriented art therapy, co-edited one on children art therapy and another one on group art therapy. Mimma is a painter and I enjoy writing, doing art and spending time in nature.

Mimma works with a broad range of people including psychodynamic oriented art therapist, group trainer, group and individual supervision, creative arts journey and interdisciplinary arts therapies projects, women identity, body tracing applications, creative process and its modalities, art based research, squiggle game and intervisione (ISG)

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NAME:

Carol Carter, PhD

POSITION:

Regional Director (AUS/NZ), Executive Committee

COUNTRY:

Australia

Carol Carter

Dr. Carol Carter has been working for over thirty years in the field of Drama and Creative Arts pedagogies in Teacher Education. An enduring commitment to Equity and Social Justice, has been at the core of her teaching, learning and research. She is currently Senior Lecturer Arts and Early Childhood, Curtin University, Perth. She has extensive experience as a teacher educator in primary and early childhood degree programs at universities in Australia and South Africa.

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She also worked as a primary school teacher for a number of years and was Educational Director of Young People’s theatre in South Africa. Her PhD, from the University of Melbourne Australia, examined the role of oral art forms in supporting Drama pedagogy and intercultural understanding within teacher education and her Masters, from the University of Fort Hare South Africa, examined personal and contextual constraints in the use of classroom drama. She has published and presented numerous papers, books and workshops nationally and internationally. Some of her most recent work involves examining ways in which the Arts (particularly Drama) creates dialogical spaces and supports cultural identities in early childhood, primary, enabling and teacher education contexts. Another of her research interests, that she continues to explore, is identifying Drama strategies and techniques to support and enhance learning and teaching in diverse learning and teaching contexts.

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NAME:

Paul N. Animbom, PhD

POSITION:

Regional Director (Africa)

COUNTRY:

Cameroon

Paul N. Animbom

Dr. Paul Animbom is an Associate Professor of Therapeutic Communication, Theatre, Film, and Media Studies and Chair of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at The University of Bamenda, Cameroon. He holds a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Sciences from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Laureate of the Erasmus Mundus Fellowship scheme, Bourse Meurs François and Fonds Van Buuren, and former Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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He is  a mental health advocate, arts in health promoter and practitioner, and author of many scientific publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals and handbooks.

His research interest is in health communication, media, television and film studies, therapeutic theatre, and mental health. He is the Founder and President of the Centre for Research and Practice of Art-related Therapy, Cameroon; and Communication Secretary/Founding member of the Cameroon Academy of Young Scientists (CAYS).

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NAME:

Ana Carmen Nogueira, PhD

POSITION:

Regional Co-Director (South America)

COUNTRY:

Brazil

Ana Carmen Nogueira

PhD and Master in Education, Art and History of Culture from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. Postgraduate in Special Education from the Universidade Cidade de São Paulo and Art Therapy from Centro Universitário FIEO. Graduated in Artistic Education from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, FAAP. Researcher in Art, Cultural Mediation, Inclusion and Art Rehabilitation. Associate Art Therapist of the International American Art Therapy Association AATA.

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She is part of the São Paulo State Art Therapy Association, AATESP and is a member of the editorial board of the AATESP Scientific Magazine. Director of GSAHW Brasil (Global South Arts & Health Week). She is currently a professor of the Postgraduate Course in Art Rehabilitation at the Instituto Faces e ArteReab. She provides art therapy and art rehabilitation services to elderly people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. She carries out research in art therapy and encaustic painting at Ana Carmen Nogueira Ateliê de Artes. 

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