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Karina Donald

Published August 13, 2021

Assistant Professor
Department of Art Education
Curriculum Vitae (CV)



Karina Donald is art therapist and marriage and family therapist who is passionate about integrating culturally-sensitive mental health interventions among underserved families. Drawing from her experiences as an educator and clinician in her home country Grenada and English-speaking Caribbean countries, her current research focuses on ascertaining culturally-relevant interventions for families who are highly stressed and how art and family therapists can tap into existing resources to support those families. As an art therapist, she specializes in trauma, anxiety, and depression, among children, adolescents, and families. Her clinical experience spans underserved populations in the US and Caribbean through teletherapy and in person.


Ph.D., Marriage & Family Therapy, Texas Woman’s University

M.A., Art Therapy, George Washington University

B.A, Psychology, Brooklyn College

Teaching Areas

Human Development in Art Therapy

Field Studies


Multicultural Issues in Art Therapy

Research Areas

Trauma & resilience among underserved families

Arts-informed clinical interventions for families

Arts-informed/arts-based mixed methods research

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

Donald, K. (2019). No man, or woman, is an island—especially on an island: Practicing art therapy in the West Indies. In A. Di Maria (Ed.). Exploring ethical dilemmas in art therapy: 50 clinicians from 20 countries share their stories. Taylor & Francis.

Dingus Keuhlen, K., Donald, K., Falbo, R., Lekuti, Y., Marrroquin, L., & Ladd, L. (2019). Stop! Collaborate and listen! A content analysis of peer-reviewed articles investigating parenting strategies for managing adolescent internet use. Contemporary Family Therapy, 42(2), 163–174. doi:10.1007/s10591-019-09510-z