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Dr. Barbara Faye Parker-Bell

Published July 26, 2016

Barbara Parker-Bell

Program 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 Florida State University. She currently serves as President 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.  During her Fulbright experience she taught and conducted 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. Additionally, Dr. Parker-Bell received a BFA, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 1980. Dr. Parker-Bell has many years of experience as an art therapy educator and diverse clinical experiences with children, adolescents and adults.

Teaching Areas

Practicum III (ARE 5943)

Advanced Art Therapy (ARE 5555)

Introduction to Counseling Technique in Art Therapy (ARE 5382)

Studio Art and Self-care Concepts (ARE 5935)

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 (Top 5)

  • Parker-Bell, B., Vaulina, T., Stipek, A. (2019). Addressing end of life care, loss, and bereavement in the Russian Federation. In M. Wood. B. Jacobson, H. Cridford, (Eds). The International Handbook of Art Therapy in Palliative and Bereavement Care, London, UK: Routledge
  • Parker-Bell, B. (2017). Art therapy in the United States: Established but evolving (In Russian). Арт & Терапия (Russian, Translated: Art & Therapy), Vol 1 (9), 7-16.
  • 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:

Additional Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • US Core Fulbright Scholar, Teaching and Research Award 2016-2017
    Understanding and Supporting the Development of Art Therapy in the Russian Federation Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russian Federation
  • Honorary Member, The Council of the Russian Art Therapy Association May 2017 Award provided “in acknowledgment of exceptional scientific and practical contribution to the development of Russian art therapy.”