Master of Arts in Art Therapy


IKUKO ACOSTA, Ph.D, A.T.R.-B.C. LCAT Program Director
Involved in the field of Art Therapy for the past thirty years as a student, clinician, supervisor, teacher, and finally as the director of the program. Her clinical expertise focused on adult population, functioning as a member of diagnostic team in an admission's unit in a county psychiatric hospital in NJ. She has also worked with adolescents, children and elderly population. Her main research interest is to develop an aesthetically based pictorial analysis within a framework of psychodynamic approach. As an art therapy educator, she has trained more than several hundreds students many of who are practicing art therapy successfully in the community. She has written a few articles that were published not only within the US but also internationally. Her most recent passion and ambition was to develop an Internship Abroad Program through which many students can participate in working with people of different socio-cultural background in their own cultural context. The first such attempt was in Tanzania (in 2007), and subsequent experiences have taken place in Peru, South Africa, and Brazil. Her interest in global application of art therapy is also reflected in her frequent participation in conferences and lectures in many countries, such as Iceland, Italy, Turkey, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, and Singapore. In the past she has served as a membership committee, and educational standard committee in the American Art Therapy Associations. She also served as an editorial member of the American Art Therapy Journal. Curriculum Vitae

Marygrace Berberian has established Art Therapy programs in community based organizations throughout New York City for at-risk children and families. In her current position, she is the director of Art Therapy Initiatives for the New York City public schools. She has published work on the use of art therapy for post 9-11 recovery and has presented at cross disciplinary conferences nationally and internationally. She formerly developed and directed the creative arts therapy program at Hartley House, working with children and adolescents at risk, and served as the art therapist for a residence of formerly homeless, mentally ill adults and women survivors of cancer. Curriculum Vitae

Elissa Bromberg received her MS in Art Therapy at the College of New Rochelle and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. A specialist in art therapy in the medical setting, she has worked at the Lagone New York University Medical Center and its Lagone Clinical Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Creative Center, AHRC of New York City, and Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, NY. She has also presented at hospitals and professional organizations, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Lagone NYU Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare; and published her research in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association and the Journal of Psycho-Oncology. Curriculum Vitae

Ani Buk is New York State Licensed psychoanalyst and art therapist in private practice in Manhattan, where she works with children, adolescents, adults and couples. A Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association, she has over twenty years of diverse clinical experience, and is a graduate of The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the New York Freudian Society, as well as The Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies. A nationally recognized trauma specialist, her work and recommendations have been featured in newspapers and periodicals such as The New York Times, US News and World Report, The Chicago Tribune, and Scholastic News. Ms. Buk has been on the faculty of the Graduate Art Therapy Program of NYU since 1993, and was a faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry of Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1996-2007. She has been a consultant for Doctors of the World, Safe Horizon, The Children's Advocacy Center of Manhattan, and other agencies in the New York area. She has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences, universities, hospitals, and other organizations, including the United Nations, on a wide range of topics related to art therapy, trauma, vicarious traumatization, refugee issues, parent guidance, and the psychology of the artist. Curriculum Vitae


MIA DE BETHUNE, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT  Instructor & Internship Coordinator
Mia De Bethune is an art psychotherapist with a speciality in work with adolescents and children. She has been on staff at The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services Linden Hill Center and The Children's Village, both residential treatment and foster care facilities for at-risk youth. She will be certified as a Child and Adolescent Specialist by the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Fall 2016, and currently works for Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester. She also maintains a private practice in Westchester County. She is a former faculty member of the School of Visual Arts and a current member of the NYU Art Therapy faculty where she teaches Adolescent Development and Internship Practicum. Curriculum Vitae

Monica Duque is an art therapist, supervisor, artist, and professor with an MA in Art Therapy from New York University. Currently, she is the Manager for Student Placements and Internships at the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services and has been part of the art therapy faculty team at both the School of Visual Arts' and New York University's graduate art therapy programs. Other projects include organizing international art therapy social action trips for students and professionals. She has presented at the 2013 NYC Expressive Therapies Summit, the 2014 American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference, Adelphi University School of Social Work's 2015 International Interdisciplinary Conference in Clinical Supervision, and was a panelist for the 2015 School of Visual Arts MPS Art Therapy's 31st Annual Conference. Curriculum Vitae

Christina Grosso is the Training Director at the Center for Trauma Program Innovation at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, where she oversees and trains staff in trauma specific programming and clinical treatment for children and families with psychopathology and trauma. She is also a psychotherapist, art therapist and professional supervisor in private practice in New York City. Throughout her clinical practice, she has developed an interest and specialization in the treatment of traumatized children and has pursued extensive training in traumatic stress studies including psychosocial, neurological and biological effects of trauma. Ms. Grosso has further specialized in crisis response for children and families following traumatic events, such as WTC disaster and incidents of abuse and domestic violence.  In private practice, Ms. Grosso has served as a consultant to Mayor Bloomberg's Office, Project Liberty, The Museum of the City of New York and New York University’s Child Care Center, where she has provided therapy and pyschoeducation to children and families experiencing trauma. She has lectured nationally on the impact of trauma and loss on children’s psychological functioning and the use of metaphor and symbols in artistic expression. Curriculum Vitae

Specializes in art therapy with children who have visual impairments and multiple disabilities. She established art therapy programs for preschool age children with disabilities in New York City and developed an art therapy program for children with glaucoma at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Ms. Herzog is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art and Art Professions. Curriculum Vitae

Eileen McGann is a Senior Art Therapist with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services where she has worked for over twenty-five years with children, adolescents and their families. Ms. McGann is a private consultant, licensed, credentialed art therapist, and practicing artist. She has been a member of the graduate art therapy faculty at New York University since 1997 and has taught at other colleges in the New York area. Ms. McGann has presented at numerous local and national conferences, universities, hospital and mental health settings about art therapy and work with adolescents. A member of the Editorial Review Board for Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, she also serves as a member of the Regional Symposium Committee on Adolescents.  Journal publications include: American Journal of Art Therapy; Arts in Psychotherapy; Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Ms. McGann has authored book chapters in Art Therapy with Older Adults and Racism and Racial Identity.  Her artwork is featured on the cover of Racism and Racial Identity. Exhibitions include: New York University; Molloy College Art Gallery – solo exhibition; Gallery North, Setauket, NY: Islip Art Museum, NY: and Evers Gallery, Long Beach, NY. Curriculum Vitae

RENEE OBSTFELD,  MA, ATR-BC, LCAT  Instructor and Admissions Coordinator
Working with addicted populations since 1986 in residential, day treatment and private settings; presently treating substance abusers with AIDS at the Robert Mapplethorpe Residential Treatment Facility; published and presented nationally on art therapy, gender, addiction, and relational issues. Curriculum Vitae

Elsa Pelier is a board-certified licensed art therapist, a psychotherapist, guest lecturer, educator, and published author with 26 years of experience as an expert in chronic illness, bereavement and loss, and trauma treatment. She holds both undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Art Therapy from New York University. Ms. Pelier is a graduate of the Manhattan Insitute for Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and Trauma Treatment programs, and the Martha K. Selig Educational Institute, Advanced Training Program, JBFCS specializing in Child and Family Treatment. Ms. Pelier maintains a private practice in New York City, working with children, adolescents and adults. She provides clinical post-graduate supervision to multidisciplinary professionals. She is currently a coordinator and psychotherapist of a school-based mental health clinic for the Union Settlement Organization, specializing in the clinical treatment of children and families within the public school setting. Formerly Art Therapy Supervisor at The Ittleson Center, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services. She served as coordinator of the Child Life Art Therapy program for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Services, Mount Sinai Medical Center. Additionally, Ms. Pelier held the position of Adjunct Professor at the School of Visual Arts, Art Therapy Department. She has presented regionally, nationally, and abroad, including: JBFCS, Bi-Annual Conference, American Association of Children's Residential Centers, the New York State Coalition for Children's Mental Health Services Conference, The Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds and Bereavement Symposium, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the New York Society of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, and the Associazione Edith Kramer ONLUS Art Therapy Program, Torino, Italy. Ms. Pelier has been a featured clinician in The New York Times, The New York Times Guide to Alternate Health, and various television news segments. Curriculum Vitae

Practicing art therapist for 25 years; maintains a private practice in Norman, Oklahoma with credentials as an art therapist, marital and family therapist and a counselor; specializes in family art therapy, art therapy with sexual abuse issues and child and adolescent therapy. Joan is faculty at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Phoenix and is visiting faculty at NYU, FSU, and other universities. She has presented professional trainings locally, nationally and internationally and was the invited guest recently of the Taiwan Art Therapy Association. She has published both articles and three book chapters and enjoys collage and poetry. Joan has served on both the American Art Therapy Association and Art Therapy Credentials Board. Curriculum Vitae

Claudia Zanardi is a psychoanalyst in private practice and professor of clinical psychology at the University of Milan, Italy. Teachings are focused on psychoanalytic theory: British Object Relations, eating disorders, psychosomatic symptoms and gender identity, and reclaiming hysteria. Her writings, which have appeared in psychoanalytic journals and books, are on the subject of the contribution of feminism to psychoanalytic theory and practice. Curriculum Vitae