Creative Arts Therapy

Faculty and Staff

All faculty are licensed mental health professionals. Our backgrounds include not only art therapy and music therapy but also marriage and family therapy, dance/movement therapy, mental health counseling, play therapy, and yoga therapy.

Bryan C. Hunter

Bryan C. Hunter

Chair & Professor of Music Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2702
bhunter7@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 259A
Additional Positions:
Professor of Music & Chair of Creative Arts Therapy Department in Music
Bio

Education: Ph.D., University of Kansas; M.M.E., University of Kansas; B.A., Maryville University

Teaching and Research Interests: Studying the effects of music therapy in assisting patients to wean from mechanical ventilation.

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Ellen G. Horovitz

Ellen G. Horovitz

Professor of Art Therapy / Director of Graduate Art Therapy Program in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2535
ehorovi4@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 264
Bio

Education: B.A., Windham College; M.A.E. program, Rhode Island School of Design; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., Union Institute.

Additional credentials: Board-certified registered art therapist (ATR-BC), licensed creative art therapist (LCAT), experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT), life force yoga professional (LFYP).

Teaching and Research Interests: Art therapy; yoga therapy; assessment, diagnosis, and counseling; rehabilitation of speech and language in adults via yoga therapy; rehabilitation of cancer via art therapy and yoga therapy; evidence-based practice in art therapy and yoga therapy.

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Stephen P. Demanchick

Stephen P. Demanchick

Associate Professor of Art Therapy / Director of the Play Therapy Center in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2545
sdemanc8@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 263
Bio

Education: B.A., SUNY Oneonta; M.S.Ed., SUNY Brockport; Ph.D., University of Rochester.

Teaching and Research Interests: Theories of Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Psychotherapy Processes, Qualitative Methodologies in Counseling.

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Laurie A. Keough

Laurie A. Keough

Assistant Clinical Professor of Music Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2991
lkeough7@naz.edu
Music House 24
Additional Positions:
Assistant Clinical Professor in Music
Bio

Education: B.S., Nazareth College; M.S. Ed., Nazareth College

Teaching and Research Interests: Clinical applications of music therapy in treatment of autism, sensory integration disorder, developmental and multiple disabilities, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease; approaches and adaptations for special learners in the music classroom.

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Betsey O. King

Betsey O. King

Associate Professor of Music / Music Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2724
bking2@naz.edu
Music House 25
Additional Positions:
Associate Professor of Music Therapy in Music
Bio

Education: B.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory; M.M.T., Southern Methodist University; Ph.D., University of Kansas

Teaching and Research Interests: Integrative Music Therapy; rehabilitation of speech and language in adults: evidence-based practice in medicine and gerontology.

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Jennifer Putnam Ryckaert

Jennifer Putnam Ryckaert

Music Therapy Clinic Manager/ Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2803
jryckae4@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 258
Bio

Education: M.M.T., Georgia College and State University; B.A., University of New Hampshire

Teaching and Research Interests: Using music therapy in interdisciplinary settings; piano instruction for individuals with special needs, including those who require Braille music instruction.

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Robin Barnett Shiffrin

Robin Barnett Shiffrin

Visiting Instructor in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-5145
rshiffr2@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 267
Bio

Education: B.S. Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University; M.S. Education, University of Pennsylvania; M.S.Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Rochester

Teaching and Research Interests: Working with individuals, couples and families, particularly on transitional issues.

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Renee van der Vennet

Renee van der Vennet

Associate Professor of Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2538
rvander3@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 261
Bio

Education: B.S., Wayne State University; M.S., University of Houston; Ph.D., Capella University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Psychopathology; art therapy theory, assessment, and practice; multicultural and ethical issues in art therapy; licensure and standards; research on secondary trauma, burnout, fundamental principles of art therapy, the use of art therapy interventions, assessments, dreams, creativity, and outcome studies.

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Michele M. Petrin

Michele M. Petrin

Secretary in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
mpetrin3@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 259
Elizabeth A. Mott

Elizabeth A. Mott

Clinical Supervisor in Art Therapy, Art Therapy Clinic Manager, Art Therapy Internship Coordinator in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2375
emott7@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 264
Bio

Education: B.A., SUNY Potsdam; M.S., SUNY Buffalo

Additional Credentials: registered and board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC) and licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT)

Teaching and Research Interests: Art therapy theory and practice, child and family art therapy, development and implementation of a clinical protocol for evidence-based treatment in art therapy.

Patricia A. Bishop

Patricia A. Bishop

Lecturer in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
pbishop5@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 250
Marget Braun

Marget Braun

Lecturer in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
mbraun6@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 250
Eric M. Carlin

Eric M. Carlin

Lecturer in Music Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-5015
ecarlin1@naz.edu
Arts Center 96
Additional Positions:
Lecturer in Music in Music
Bio

Education: M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., Mansfield University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Classical guitar. A diverse musician, he enjoys singing and playing popular music as well as electric blues and country.

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Thomas C. Christensen

Thomas C. Christensen

Lecturer in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
tchrist3@naz.edu
Mandy M. Elliot

Mandy M. Elliot

Clinical Supervisor in Music Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
melliot4@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 243
Lori H. Higgins

Lori H. Higgins

Clinical Supervisor in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2541
lhiggin1@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 236
Bio

Education: B.A., Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; M.S., Minnesota State University at Mankato; M.S., Nazareth College 

Teaching and Research interests: Supervision, stroke survivors, emotionally and behaviorally disordered children and adolescents, anxiety and stress.

Barbara Higgins

Barbara Higgins

Lecturer in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
bhiggin2@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 250
Mary Elizabeth Housel-Demanchick

Mary Elizabeth Housel-Demanchick

Lecturer in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
mhousel3@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 250
Leigh A. Kirby

Leigh A. Kirby

Lecturer in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
lsteinm6@naz.edu
Joyce H. Kliman

Joyce H. Kliman

Clinical Supervisor in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2541
jkliman0@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 236
Bio

Education: Dawson College (Montreal), Nursing; B.A., Empire State College (Liberal Arts); M.S., Nazareth College (Art Therapy)

Teaching and Research Interests: Art Therapy with a special interest in stress reduction; positive psychology; creativity as related to illness and aging; mindfulness and meditation; journaling and bookmaking as a tool for health and wellbeing--http://www.openheartstudio.org/.

Sheri Kreher

Sheri Kreher

Clinical Supervisor in Music Therapy/ Assistant Manager, Music Therapy Clinic / Lecturer in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2803
skreher2@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 250
Michael A. Krupnicki

Michael A. Krupnicki

Lecturer in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
mkrupni1@naz.edu
Victoria Burkhart Laneri

Victoria Burkhart Laneri

Clinical Supervisor in Music Therapy/ Assistant Manager, Music Therapy Clinic / Lecturer in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2803
vlaneri1@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 250
Amy S. Lyons

Amy S. Lyons

Lecturer in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
alyons9@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 250
Bio

Education: B.F.A., University at Buffalo; M.S., Nazareth College

Teaching and Research Interests: Child/adolescent art therapy, crisis intervention, solution-focused therapy, collaborative problem solving.

Joshua A. Massicot

Joshua A. Massicot

Lecturer in Music Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-5015
jmassic6@naz.edu
Arts Center 96
Additional Positions:
Lecturer in Music
Bio

Education: M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., Eastman School of Music

Teaching and Research Interests: Applied lessons, piano pedagogy, score reading, and class and functional piano.

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Peggy F. Muller

Peggy F. Muller

Clinical Supervisor in Music Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2876
pmuller7@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 243
Donna W. Polen

Donna W. Polen

Clinical Supervisor in Music Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
dpolen3@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 258
Sharon F. Scott

Sharon F. Scott

Lecturer in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
sscott4@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 250
Bio

Education: B.S., Nazareth College; M.S., Nazareth College

Teaching and Research Interests: Art Therapy Counseling and Internship-- special interest in persons with developmental disabilities throughout the life span; HIV-AIDS, LBGTQ populations.

Madelaine E. Ventre

Madelaine E. Ventre

Lecturer in Music Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2477
mventre9@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 250
Carrie Keese Webster

Carrie Keese Webster

Clinical Supervisor in Music Therapy/ Assistant Manager, Music Therapy Clinic / Lecturer in Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2803
ckeese8@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 250

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