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Faculty - MA Art Therapy


IKUKO ACOSTA, Ph.D, A.T.R.-B.C. LCAT Program Director
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, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, LCSW  Program Coordinator and Instructor
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 journalsincluding 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

Ani Buk is a licensed psychoanalyst and art therapist in private practice in Manhattan, where she works with children, adolescents, adults and couples, and supervises psychotherapists. A nationally recognized trauma specialist with 30 years of clinical experience, her work and recommendations have been featured in newspapers and periodicals such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, The Chicago Tribune, and Scholastic News. She has been on the faculty of the Graduate Art Therapy Program of New York University since 1993, and from 1996 - 2007 she was on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a Training and Supervising Analyst and on the Permanent Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society, where she completed her training in psychoanalysis, and is a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association (FIPA). She obtained her MFA from the Yale School of Art, and is also a graduate of the Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies. Ms. Buk is the Clinical Adviser to Lalela, a non-profit that provides educational arts for at-risk youth in Africa and the US. She has been a consultant for Doctors of the World, Safe Horizon, The New York Center for Children, and other agencies in the New York area. In 2009, her paper, “The Mirror Neuron System and Embodied Simulation: Clinical Applications for Art Therapists Working with Trauma Survivors“ was published in a Special Issue on Trauma by The Arts In Psychotherapy. It is the only art therapy article to be included in The Single Case Archive. Curriculum Vitae

Elissa Bromberg  is an art therapy educator at New York University and The College of New Rochelle and an art therapist and supervisor in private practice and clinical settings in greater New York City and the Hudson Valley. A specialist in medical art therapy, she helps individuals and families address issues related to chronic and life-threatening illness, developmental disabilities, and bereavement. She also supervises art therapists and hospital artists-in-residence, and collaborates with medical staff and administration in supporting patients, family, and professional caregivers in a variety of clinical settings: Langone NYU Medical Center and its Perlmutter Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Creative Center, AHRC of New York City, HealthAllliance Hospital (formerly Benedictine Hospital) in Kingston, NY, and Camp Good Grief in Southold, NY. She presents at hospitals, universities, organizations, and conferences, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Langone NYU Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare; and has published her research in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association and the Journal of Psycho-Oncology.  A sculptor, she has exhibited her masks, luminaries, and figurative work at the HUCJIR Museum – NYC, Here Gallery – NYC, Castle Gallery/College of New Rochelle – New Rochelle NY, Wired Gallery – High Falls NY, Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery/SUNY Ulster – Stone Ridge NY, and True North Gallery – South Hamilton MA. Curriculum Vitae

MIA DE BETHUNE, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT  Instructor & Internship Coordinator
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, M.A., ATR-BC, LCAT Instructor & Special Events Coordinator
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

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

Bruce G. Parent is a Jungian Analyst/Art Therapist in private practice in New York City.  Mr. Parent’s work in mental health field spans four decades and multiple areas of interest and training.  Humanistic Psychology and Roberto Assagioli’s “Psychosynthesis” were the basis of his initial training in psychotherapy and led to his work at the University of MA, Hampshire College, as well as with adults as the Director of a counseling and assessment unit address the needs of chronically unemployed adults in recovery, post-hospitalization and/or in crisis.  Training in Art Therapy led to years of work with hospitalized children at Mt Sinai and then later in private practice.  Since training as a Jungian Analyst he has been in private practice for 15 years working with adults.  Mr. Parent’s recent published work is a paper investigating the dynamism in Jung’s theory of Typology that was published in the San Francisco Journal of Jungian Studies.  Current research includes Jung’s use of art therapy techniques and his links with early 20th Century artists/theorists focused on image as psychological processes. As a Member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association of NYC, Mr. Parent has served as Director of Admissions prior to serving 3 years as the Director of Training.  

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.