Skip to main content

Search NYU Steinhardt

Art Therapy Faculty

Faculty - MA Art Therapy


Ikuko Acosta has been involved in the field of Art Therapy for the past thirty five years as an art therapist, art therapy educator, and finally as the Director of the Art Therapy Program at NYU. Her clinical expertise is with adult psychiatric population, functioned as a stuff art therapist of a diagnostic team in an admissions unit in a county psychiatric hospital in NJ for 17 years.  Her main research interest is to develop an aesthetically based pictorial analysis within a framework of psychodynamic approach as well as incorporating new media for therapeutic use.  As an art therapy educator, she has trained several hundred students many of whom are practicing art therapists and art therapy educators both in the US and internationally. Her most recent research interest focuses on the cross-cultural application of the field of art therapy as well as incorporating the internship abroad experience into the course curriculum. In the past 6 years many students have participated in such experiences in Tanzania, Peru, South Africa, Brazil, India, and Bolivia. Her interest in global expansion of the field of art therapy took her to places such as Iceland, Italy, Turkey, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and Argentina. In the past she has served for the 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 is a licensed art therapist and clinical social worker. She has established school-based art therapy initiatives throughout New York City for at-risk children and families for over 20 years.  In her current position, Ms. Berberian is the Director of NYU Art Therapy in the Schools program implementing programs for diverse communities. She led a research initiative examining the impact of art therapy on the self-esteem, affect regulation and impulse control of public school students. 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. Ms. Berberian’s work has been published in texts including, Therapists creating a cultural tapestry: Using the creative therapies across cultures (2015), New York City Teachers on 9/11 (2006), and Understanding mass violence: A social work perspective (2003) as well as journals including Psychoanalytic Social Work and Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.She has trained clinicians of other disciplines advocating for the use of the creative arts therapies as a highly effective treatment modality.  She formerly developed and directed the creative arts therapy programs at several community based agencies, working with children and adolescents at risk, formerly homeless and mentally ill adults and survivors of cancer. Ms. Berberian is also trained as a Sandplay Therapy Practitioner and maintains a private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curriculum Vitae

Mia de Bethune has focused primarily on work with adolescents in residential treatment and foster care in the NY metropolitan area. She has worked clinically at several agencies in Westchester County including the Henry Ittleson Center and the Linden Hill School of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.  From 2006 until 2013 she was the arts enrichment coordinator for The Children’s Village residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed and traumatized youth. In addition she ran groups with various populations including juvenile sex offenders and the severely learning disabled. She maintains a private practice in Westchester County working with women who have experienced trauma and loss. She is a candidate in the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and recently attained her Reiki Master level training. She is also a certified MARI practitioner, allowing her to use a Jungian based art therapy assessment and has begun the process of Jungian Sand Tray analysis and training as well. Her paper “Giving the Gift of the Transitional Object” was presented at the national art therapy conference in Cleveland in 2008 and her review of the film “Writer of O” was published in the 2010 AATA Journal.   She was also named a 2012 Gurfein Fellow at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute for her fictional work “Salad Days” an unpublished novel. She has presented to numerous groups including the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, The Westchester Group Psychotherapy Association, the Westchester Creative Arts Therapy Group, and the Andrus Children’s Home Psychology Training Program. Her artistic works, including oil painting, pastels and mixed media encaustic, have been shown extensively in the tri-state area since 1995, most recently at the Prince Street Gallery in NYC, the Upstream Gallery in Westchester, and the b j spoke Gallery on Long Island.  She is a former member of the Pen & Brush Society in NYC and the Blue Door Gallery Association in Yonkers, NY. Curriculum Vitae

TOM ETTINGER, Ph.D.  Tom Ettinger is a NY licensed clinical and forensic psychologist.  He teaches Psychology of the Artist and works with Dr. Acosta on Parkinson’s Disease and Art Therapy in collaboration with the NYU Medical Center.  Earlier projects with Dr. Acosta include introducing art therapy to Jamaica (2010); curating 9/11 Arts: A Decade Later (2011), and organizing the symposium War, Trauma, and Public Art (2012).  Prior to this, he was founding coordinator of the Forensic Psychology specialization within NYU’s MA Psychology Program, GSAS (2006-2009).  His forensic practice ranges from Government work (police psychologist, Port Authority PD of NY/NJ) to the Burning Man Festival (expert witness, on Government Censorship, Festival Arts, and Child Welfare).  Before NYU, Dr. Ettinger held a dual appointment as postdoctoral research affiliate at Yale University and fellow at GeorgiaTech’s Center for New Media (2003-2005). Here, he worked on assimilating Eastern healing imagery into a hybrid Virtual Reality / Biofeedback technology for meditation training and pain management.  In 1998 he became founding editor of APA's Bulletin of Psychology of the Arts (Division 10).  His publications include "Picasso, cubism, and the eye of the beholder: Psychoanalysis and cognitive psychology" (New Directions in Art History, American Imago issue) and "Introduction: Paradigm shifts in 20th‑century art and critical theory" (as guest editor of Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought).  His own arts practice includes assembled still life photography and blues/jazz bass guitar. View Profile

CHRISTINA A. GROSSO, LCAT, ATR-BC, BCETS  Instructor & Admissions Coordinator
Christina Grosso is an art therapist and Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. She is also the Director of the Rita Markus Institute at the Jewish Board where she oversees training planning and implementation for the Child, Adolescent and Adult Residential and Developmental Disabilities Divisions. She has worked as a clinician, supervisor, administrator and trainer specializing in the treatment of complex trauma in children and adolescents with mental illness and developmental disorders. Ms. Grosso has a post-graduate certificate in International Traumatic Stress Studies and her work has focused on traumatized children and adolescents in residential treatment with developmental, learning and psychological impairment.  Ms. Grosso has extensive experience in the practice, implementation and training of Trauma Informed Care, trauma based assessment and evidence based and evidence informed practices. She is a certified trainer in Psychological First Aid and a certified supervisor and clinician in TF-CBT.  Ms. Grosso has authored papers in the field of trauma, self-care and TF-CBT.  Ms. Grosso’s work has also focused on system change and has worked with the NYS Office of Mental Health to disseminate TIC to child psychiatric centers and residential treatment facilities statewide. She has developed and implemented agency best practice guidelines protecting LGBTQ clients and staff as well as created a LGBT Climate Survey measuring employees’ attitudes about working with LGBT clients. Ms. Grosso maintains a private practice in New York City and in Westchester.  Curriculum Vitae

Tami Herzog-Rodriguez 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. Curriculum Vitae


SEUNG YEON LEE, Ed.D., ATR-BC, LCAT Clinical Assistant Professor

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).

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 & Admissions Coordinator
Renée Obstfeld is an art therapist and psychoanalyst in private practice. She has worked extensively with people struggling with self-harm, addictions and co-occurring issues. Her work as an art therapy consultant with the Art Therapy Outreach Center has included facilitating groups with Female Veterans, and at Bellevue Hospital’s World Trade Center Environmental Health Clinic and Program for Survivors of Torture. Dr. Obstfeld has presented internationally on the application of psychoanalytic principles to art therapy, and the role of art therapy in treating addiction and trauma.  Curriculum Vitae


Stephanie Wise is an art therapist specializing in the field of Traumatic Stress.  She is a core leadership member of the Art Reach Foundation Team, a Critical Responder with Crisis Care Network, a member of the Medical Reserve Corps of New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She has a private practice in Manhattan.