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Cecilia Dintino

Adjunct Faculty

Music and Performing Arts Professions


Cecilia Dintino, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and drama therapist. Dr. Dintino is assistant clinical professor of Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, and on faculty at the postgraduate Institute for Developmental Transformations.

Dr. Dintino has worked in numerous hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes over the past 30 years. She has a private practice where she facilitates groups and works with individuals using integrative means to foster change, inspire curiosity, and provide support in the service of growth, both personal and communal. Dr. Dintino incorporates mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, psychodynamic theory, positive psychology, drama therapy methods, and improvisation as tools to manage painful emotions, enhance creativity, and build an evolving relationship with one’s self, past, present, and future.

Dr. Dintino was co-founder of Drama Lab, NYC, a therapeutic theatre company. In addition, she has been an active participant in NYU’s performance programs. In 2014 Dr. Dintino received the NADTA Performance Award.

Dr. Dintino is also the co-founder of Twisting the Plot: New Possibilities for Women over 50. The project’s mission is to challenge the bias of ageism, affirming that the years beyond midlife can yield our most mattering potential. Dr. Dintino is an author, speaker, podcast host, and newly cast social entrepreneur.

Degrees Held

  • B.A. 
  • M.A. 
  • M.S. 
  • Psy.D.


Hodermarska, Maria, Landy, Robert, Dintino, Cecilia, Mowers, Dave, Sajnani As Performance: Ethical and aesthetic considerations for therapeutic theatre. Drama Therapy Review Vol. 1, No. 2 October 2015 pp. 173-186.

Dintino, Cecilia, The Wisdom of Gaye Doner Tudanger: Therapeutic Theatre and love. Drama Therapy Review, Vol. 4, No. 2 2018

Dintino, Cecilia, Steiner, Navah, Smith, Ann, Galway, Kimberly Developmental Transformations and Playing with the Unplayable. A Chest of Broken Toys: A Journal of Developmental Transformations 2015

Publications also available with Huff Post, Psychology TodayA Plus magazine, and A Women’s Thing Magazine.

Dintino, C. and Johnson, D. (1996)  Playing with the Perpetrator: Gender Dynamics in Developmental Drama Therapy.  Drama therapy: Theory and Practice, Volume 3 .  London: Routledge.

Johnson, D. R., Forrester, A., Dintino, C., James, M. and Schnee, G. (1996)  Towards a Poor Drama Therapy.  In The Arts in Psychotherapy, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 293-306.


Developmental Transformations (DVT)

Research Interests

  • Drama Therapy
  • Therapeutic Theatre


Drama Therapy

Translate your theatre skills and love for improvisation into culturally responsible, creative, and effective care in hospitals, shelters, schools, and more.

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