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Arts & Health @ NYU

We know that the arts give us vital ways to interpret, understand, and communicate experience, challenge assumptions, and advocate for change. However, it is only in recent years that there have been systematic and controlled studies of these effects alongside developments in practice and policy. 

Arts & Health @NYU is a university-wide initiative to bring together faculty and students from across NYU global campuses who are involved in the study and practice of how the arts contribute to our physical, psychological, social, organizational, ecological, and public health. 

Arts & Health @ NYU is a hub for collaboration and exchange for those already engaged in the intersections of the arts and wellbeing or interested in learning more. We are committed to impact by advancing interdisciplinary research, artistic practice, therapeutic innovation, policy development, and contemporary curricular offerings.


Bios of Co-Directors Dr. Nisha Sajnani, Dr. Andrew Feigin, Dr. Mary Bitel, Prof. David Purdy, and Prof. Kristin Horton.

Collaborating Faculty

These faculty collaborate with Arts & Health @ NYU and engage in research, practice, pedagogy, and policy development in this area.

Affiliated Labs

Arts & Health @ NYU is a hub for research and clinical centers across NYU where the physical, mental, and social benefits of the arts are explored.

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Experience Diana Wyenn's award-winning autobiographical thrill ride that takes you through the roller coaster that is diabetes.

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Healing Arts New York Symposium

Presented in partnership with the World Health Organization and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this symposium will be a ‘cultural call to action’ to invest in the arts to improve physical, mental, and social health across the...

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How the Arts Improve Health

NYU Steinhardt Launches Research Initiative in Collaboration with the World Health Organization and the Museum of Modern Art, September 20-21.

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New Research on Therapeutic Factors in the Creative Arts Therapies

Members of the International Research Alliance in the NYU CAT Consortium publish new open-access article on how the creative arts therapies facilitate psychological change.

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Barbara Hesser Co-Edits Music as a Global Resource Compendium

Its publication is in honor of the 75th anniversary of the UN.

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New Steinhardt/Langone Research Published on Art Therapy and Parkinson's Disease

This groundbreaking, innovative study is the first paper exploring the effects of art therapy on Parkinson's Disease in a medical peer-reviewed journal utilizing clinical, behavioral, eye tracking, and brain connectivity outcomes.

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