Cathy Malchiodi

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC, REAT is a leading international expert, syndicated writer, and educator in the fields of art therapy, expressive arts and arts in healthcare.


She is a research psychologist, a Board Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and has had over 25 years of experience and education in trauma intervention and disaster relief and integrative approaches to health. Cathy is the founder, director and lead faculty member of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, dedicated to teaching trauma-informed intervention that integrates expressive arts, neurobiology, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and positive psychology. In particular, it supports the specific use of expressive arts therapies including art therapy, music therapy and movement therapy, play therapy, dramatic enactment, humour and mind-body approaches for recovery and wellness in children, adults and families. Cathy is also the President of Art Therapy Without Borders and is one of its founders.

Cathy has published numerous books, including, The Art Therapy Sourcebook, The Soul’s Palette: Drawing on Art’s Transformative Powers, Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems (co-editor), Breaking the Silence: Art Therapy with Children from Violent Homes, Handbook or Art Therapy (1st and 2nd eds.), Expressive Therapies, Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children (1st and 2nd eds.), Medical Art Therapy with Adults, Medical Art Therapy with Children, and Understanding Children’s Drawings, all of which are standards in the field. She has served as Editor for several journals including Trauma and Loss: Research and Interventions (8 years) and Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association (ten years); she has also published more than 50 invited book chapters and refereed articles and reviews various mental health and medical journals. Cathy’s blog, Arts and Health at Psychology Today Online covers topics related to art therapy, expressive arts therapy, trauma, body-mind approaches, neuroscience and the arts, creativity, and integrative health practices (with occasional bouts of humour). It has been visited by more than 3.5 million readers since 2008, probably making her the “most widely read art therapist” on Planet Earth.

A popular speaker, Cathy has given over 400 invited keynotes, workshops, and courses for organizations, agencies, hospitals, universities and colleges and conferences throughout the United States and internationally. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University’s Expressive Therapies Department, Adjunct Faculty at Prescott College Expressive Arts Therapy Program and has been a visiting professor at numerous universities throughout the US including University of California Sacramento, University of Utah, University of Oklahoma, University of Louisville, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Southwestern College, Prescott College, and Florida State University.