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Arts and Communications

Art Therapy Minor

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arttherapy1_223The Departments of Arts and Communications, and Psychology jointly offer a Minor in Art Therapy. Art Therapy in a burgeoning field that draws from the disciplines of psychology, art, and other creative process to promote healing and overall well-being for individuals with mental and physical disabilities.

The minor provides a basic foundation for continued study or for work in community art programs and organizations where art is used as part of the therapeutic process.  The permission of the chair in either Arts and Communications or Psychology is required.

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“The creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life enhancing.”
- American Art Therapy Association, Mission Statement

“Dealing with the inherent beauty of materials and their unfailing reliability can involve us in a deeply healing process."
- Joan M. Erikson, Wisdom and the Senses: The Way of Creativity

“Art can be said to be – and can be used as – the externalized map of our interior self.”
- Peter London, No More Secondhand Art

Art and Communications Faculty

Faculty

Stephen Burt

BFA,MFA
Associate Professor and Chair
Stephen  Burt

Arts Building
Phone: 602-2193
Email: sburt@une.edu

Expertise
Painting, drawing, and printmaking.I have an abiding passion for the figurative and decorative art of the Renaissance and Baroque periods and have researched it extensively as part of my studio practice.

Research Interests/ Scholarship
The literature and imagery of mythology and religion express and give form to our desires and conflicts. As such I have found they are the perfect vehicles to explore my fascination with the human form.

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Sarah Roberts Gorham

MFA, MAT
Assistant Professor, Lecturer
Sarah Roberts Gorham

Arts Building 203
Phone: 207-602-2613
Email: sgorham@une.edu

Expertise
Landscape painting, art historical knowledge prehistoric to contemporary, commissions of home, boat or landscape portraits

Research Interests/ Scholarship
I traditionally work with acrylics, oils and watercolors to paint landscapes and abstract representations of nature. Photography also is an important medium and informs my painted compositions.
The IRB has recently supported my new research connecting art with sciences in measurable quantitative data. My study entitled "The Psychological Effects of Art-Making" will determine how art-making effects mind and body related to anxiety.
I continue to do research on my graduate school thesis entitled "Ritual Liminal Expressions" which explores the connection between repeated visual imagery and emotional growth.

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Charles Matthew Thompson

B.S., M.F.A.
Professor of Art/Department Founder
Charles Matthew Thompson

Arts Building 201
Phone: 602-2883
Fax: 602-5894
Email: cthompson@une.edu

Expertise
Plein Air landcape painter. Have shown throughout the United States and Europe. Have had over 20 solo shows and have been included  in over 100 group shows in Museums and Galleries.

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Psychology Faculty

Faculty

Linda L. Morrison

Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Psychology, Associate Professor
Linda L. Morrison

Decary Hall 323
Phone: 207-602-2865
Fax: 207-602-5988
Email: lmorrison@une.edu

Research Interests/ Scholarship
Clinical/Counseling Psychology, Women and Gender Studies, Post-rape recovery, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Identity Development, and Suicide Risk Assessment

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Maryann Corsello

M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Maryann  Corsello

Off-Campus
Phone: 207-602-2231
Email: mcorsello@une.edu

Expertise
Developmental Psychology,
Stress in Childhood,
Community Interventions,
Stress Management in Children

Research Interests/ Scholarship
My specialty is in the area of children and stress.  I have developed an assessment of stress in children, a stress management program for children, and an intergenerational wellness program.  I have also conducted research on child abuse reporting by school officials.  My interest is in community-based prevention programs for children and youth.

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Julie Longua Peterson

Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Julie  Longua Peterson

Decary Hall 349, Office
Decary Hall 350, Lab
Phone: 207-602-2691
Email: jpeterson6@une.edu

Expertise
Explicit and Implicit self-esteem; self-regulation; the role of the self in close relationships (e.g., romantic relationships)

Research Interests/ Scholarship
My research focuses on both self-regulatory processes and how felt-security influences close relationships.  Specifically, my research has looked at how personality differences and available self-regulatory resources influence the effects of daily experiences on mood and health behaviors.  In addition, I have been exploring how feelings of security in close relationships impact decision making, motivations for intimacy, and how people regulate their attachment to close others under conditions of threat.

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Nancy Elizabeth Rankin

M.Ed., LPC
Senior Lecturer, Internship Coordinator
Nancy Elizabeth Rankin

Decary Hall 325
Phone: 207-602-2479
Fax: 207-602-5982
Email: nrankin@une.edu

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Glenn W. Stevenson

Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Glenn W. Stevenson

Decary Hall 329, Office
Stella Maris 106, Lab
Phone: 207-602-2285
Email: gstevenson@une.edu

Expertise
Drug development; preclinical methods development; opioid pharmacology; pain; exercise; drug abuse; drug interactions

Research Interests/ Scholarship
- Medications development for the treatment of chronic pain and drug abuse

- Development of reliable and predictive preclinical assays of chronic pain

- Discovery of biomarkers for osteoarthritis

- Assessment of healing properties of phytochemicals

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