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Nancy Gerber

Nancy Gerber


Director, PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies and Associate Clinical Professor

Creative Arts Therapies Department

267.359.5502 P
267.359.5579 F
1601 Cherry Street, Room 7102

Dr. Gerber has more than 20 years of psychiatric clinical art therapy experience with adults and adolescents. She was Director of the MA Art Therapy Program at Drexel University from 1996-2010. In 2010, she became Director of the PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies, which she researched, created, and authored.

Her interests and expertise are in the areas of art therapy assessment and treatment, art therapy education, higher education, arts-based and mixed methods research, and research philosophy. She has presented on subjects such as assessment and treatment in art therapy, psychoanalytic art therapy, philosophy, curriculum and pedagogical approaches for doctoral level education for art therapists, art therapy education, arts-based research, and mixed methods research. Dr. Gerber has published recent articles on arts-based research and book chapters on art therapy education, mixed methods research and art therapy and the worldview of the art therapist .

At the national professional level, Dr. Gerber has served on multiple committees in AATA-- Chairing the Accreditation Task Force and Continuing Education Committee, and serving on the Education and Research Committees. She has recently served on the Interim Board of Directors for the Mixed Methods International Research Association, Chaired the Program Committee for the inaugural international conference in June 2014, and Chaired the first Mixed Methods International Research Regional Conference at Drexel University, June 19, 2015. Within the university, Dr. Gerber served as the Vice Chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Institutional Review Board from 2002-2011. Dr. Gerber is a reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy, International Journal of Qualitative Methods,  and the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and on the Editorial Board of Arts/Research International: A Trans disciplinary Journal. Dr. Gerber, who is an HLM in the Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, was the recipient of the first Distinguished Educator Award from the American Art Therapy Association in 2011.


Dr. Gerber specializes in Art Therapy.

Research Interests:

Dr. Gerber has presented internationally on subjects such as: art therapy assessment, developmental art therapy approaches, the use of induced feelings and imagery as counter-transference phenomena in art therapy, doctoral level education for art therapists, and mixed methods research in art therapy.

Professional Society:

At the national professional level, Dr. Gerber has served as the Chair of the Accreditation Task force for the American Art Therapy Association and as the Chair of the Continuing Education Committee. Within the university Dr. Gerber serves as a Vice Chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Institutional Review Board.