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Barbara Parker-Bell

Published July 26, 2016


Associate Professor and Director                                   Graduate Art Therapy Programs
Department of Art Education


Barbara Parker-Bell, Psy.D., ATR‐BC, LPC is the Director of the Art Therapy Program at the Florida State University. She currently serves as President-Elect of the Art Therapy Credential Board and has served as Director, on the Board of Directors of the American Art Therapy Association. Dr. Parker-Bell is a Fulbright Scholar and will be teaching and conducting research at Tomsk State University in Siberia, Russian Federation from September 2016- January 2017. Dr. Parker-Bell received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Philadelphia, PA, in July 2008. She received her MS in Clinical Psychology from PCOM in November 2006, Dr. Parker-Bell received her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley College, Cambridge MA in May 1985.

Teaching Areas

Practicum III (ARE 5943)

Research Areas

Her interests include Art Therapy and Art Therapy Training in the Russian Federation, Art Therapy and Older Adults in the Museum Setting, Art Therapy and Cognitive Therapy Approaches with Adults and Children, Dementia Caregiver Experiences/Caregiver Satisfaction & Retention

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar Research and Teaching Award, Understanding and Supporting Development of Art Therapy in the Russian Federation, Tomsk, Russian Federation, 2016-7
  • Parker-Bell, B., & Vaulina, T. (June, 2015). Russian-American Collaboration in Art Therapy and Psychology: Methods and Outcomes, Global Partners in Education Journal, Vol. 5, (1), 4-14,Available: http:
  • Vaulina, T., & Parker-Bell, B. (December, 2014). Teachers’ Perspectives on the Development and Implementation of a Short-term International Education Program in Art Therapy and Psychology, Siberian Journal of Psychology, Vol. 54, 62-71. Available:
  • Parker-Bell, B. (2013). Hiring and retaining quality professional caregivers in the long-term care environment: A case study of Geisinger Mountain View Care Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the International Online Journal of Case Analysis. Journal available at:
  • Parker-Bell, B. (2012). Fostering relationships between administration, nurses, and residents (pp.221-270), In A. McDonnell (Ed.), Managing gerontology health services, Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett
  • Parker-Bell, B. & Pfeiffer, M. (2012). Enhancing quality of life in older adults through the
    creative arts therapies In A. McDonnell (Ed.), Managing gerontology health services (pp. 107-141), Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett
  • Parker-Bell, B. (2011). Art therapy with children and adolescents: Inspiring creativity and
    growth. In C. Norton, Re-inventing the wheel: Innovations in child and adolescent mental health, (pp.18-35), New York, NY: Routledge