David Gussak, Ph.D., ATR-BC., is a Professor and the Chairperson for The Florida State University Department of Art Education. David has presented extensively internationally, nationally and regionally on: art therapy in forensic settings, working with aggressive and violent clients, the work of the art therapist, and various governmental and legislative issues facing the field.
Prior to his teaching for The Florida State University, David was the director of the Graduate Art Therapy Program in the Department of Psychology and Special Education at Emporia State University in Kansas. He has also been an adjunct and visiting professor for several art therapy programs across the United States.
David has presented extensively internationally, nationally and regionally on: art therapy in forensic settings, working with aggressive and violent clients, working with clients who have substance abuse issues, the work of the art therapist, supervision for art therapists and various governmental and legislative issues facing the field. One of the papers he presented in Budapest, Hungary for the 1st Annual Art Therapy World Congress on his work in the prisons has been re-printed in a Slovakian art therapy journal.
His first solo-authored book, Art on Trial: Art Therapy in Capital Murder Cases (2013), published by Columbia University Press, is now available. He is currently co-editing the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Art Therapy with Dr. Marcia Rosal. It is anticipated that this 85(+)-chapter volume will be available by late 2015. Dr. Gussak also lectures for the FSU Holocaust Institute every year on the art of the Holocaust. David is the co-editor and contributing author for the book Drawing Time: Art Therapy in Prisons and Other Correctional Settings, and has published articles on forensics and art therapy, art therapy and computer technology and the work of the art therapist. His studies on the benefits of art therapy in prison settings continue, and have expanded to encompass female inmates as well. He is also guest editor for several other journals, including The International Journal of Offender Treatment and Criminology.
David served as Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors for the American Art Therapy Association, he was on the editorial board for the AATA Journal in 2010, and is currently the Chair of the nominating committee for the Board of Directors 2014. He is also the Treasurer for the Art Therapy Credentials Board. In the summer of 2007, he was asked by the Florida Department of Corrections to help develop and chair the new Florida Arts in Corrections program; he stepped down from this position in August 2008, but remains active on its board. In 2013, Dr. Gussak was recognized with with Distinguished Research Award from the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University. After all this time, he still loves what he does, and still can’t believe that he gets to get paid to do it.
Forensic Art therapy in correctional settings working with aggressive and violent clients, the work of the art therapist; and the development of the professional art therapist.