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Indigenous and traditional artforms and art therapy practice

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The College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Creative Arts Therapies department is seeking participants for a research study to better understand the role of indigenous and traditional art forms and the impact of engaging in these practices on affect, stress and self-efficacy.

We expect that you will be in this research study for two sessions of approximately 45 minutes per session. During the study, you will be asked to complete a puzzle during one session and create using your preferred indigenous or traditional arts media or practice in the other session. Before and after both sessions, we will ask you to complete surveys to understand how the artmaking experience might have impacted your well-being.

We are not aware of any benefits, but you might enjoy making creative work in your preferred media and setting. Participation is completely voluntary.

Information for Research Subjects Eligibility

You are eligible for this study if you are an adult over the age of 18 and actively engage in indigenous or traditional arts practices. If you meet the above criteria, please contact us using the contact information provided below.


Participants will receive $10 for completing each session of the study.


This research is approved by the Drexel University Institutional Review Board.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact:
Girija Kaimal, EdD at

This research is conducted by a researcher who is an employee of Drexel University.