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Natalie Carlton

Natalie Carlton


Director of Graduate Art Therapy Programs, Associate Clinical Professor

Creative Arts Therapies Department

267.359.5504 P
267.359.5579 F
1601 Cherry Street, Room 7105

Natalie Carlton, PhD, is an associate clinical professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department. As a board-certified art therapist, she has worked with children, youth and family systems, people with developmental disabilities and chronic psychiatric illnesses and within trauma and addiction recovery models. Her clinical work has focused on the therapeutic use of diverse materials including fabric crafts, clay and sculpture, drawing and painting, as well as digital photography and video, sound recording and printmaking. Social justice, systems, feminism and queer theories have been some grounding orientations for the therapy support and access Carlton has provided and are her base for her current graduate teaching and leadership.

Carlton has presented her clinical work and scholarship projects at national and international conferences. She is currently co-creating an online, international and collaborative symposium called DICATS or Digital International Creative Arts Therapies Symposium ( that will launch February 23, 2019. She has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters regarding digital media use in art therapy and is currently working on Illustrating Stories, an edited book regarding the therapeutic use of comics and graphic novels.