Seung Yeon Lee is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Graduate Art Therapy Program at New York University. She holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, an M.A. in Art Therapy from New York University, and a B.S. in Child and Family Studies from Yonsei University, South Korea.
Her research focuses on exploring the role of flow theory in art therapy, especially the therapeutic value of flow in art therapy with young immigrants as they cope with their everyday acculturation challenges. Her work with global art therapy communities in South Korea, Nicaragua, and Israel created opportunities for cross-cultural art therapy services and further development of intercultural competencies curriculum for graduate art therapy students. Her research is regularly published in journals such as American Art Therapy Association, Arts in Psychotherapy, Canadian Art Therapy Association, and Art Education.
Prior joining NYU, Seung Yeon was an Associate Professor at the Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling Program at Long Island University (LIU) where she served as the Program Director and the Chair of the Department of Art. Prior to her tenure at LIU, she worked as a Board-Certified Creative Arts Therapist at the Adult & Adolescent Acute Care Psychiatric Unit at NYU Langone Medical Center. She has also been actively involved in the art therapy community, serving as a council member of the Accreditation Council of Art Therapy Education (ACATE) of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).