Dr. Patricia St. John
Patricia St John is Chair of The College of New Rochelle Graduate Division of Professional & Fine Arts and Director of the Graduate Art Therapy program. As well she is Professor of Graduate Art Therapy and Art Education. She has worked at the College since 1986. Her service includes election to the College Senate and Council of the Faculty. She serves on the Curatorial Committee, and, in the past, served on various Graduate School committees such as Student Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Assessment.
She initiated a series of Master Classes in art therapy bringing many well-known art therapists to the campus to present on their specialties (e.g., Linda Gantt, Shirley Riley, David Gussak). She, along with colleague Professor Robert Wolf, conduct annual juried art exhibits that are open to the entire artist community across the USA. With Ruth Zealand, she served on the first conference on Imagination, Inquiry, and Innovation.
An active member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), she currently serves as Chair of the Education Committee and recently was appointed to co-chair the Task Force for Revision of Master’s Education Standards. She also currently serves on the Association’s Journal Advisory Board. She is a frequent reviewer of articles for Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association as well as for Arts in Psychotherapy and is on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Art for Life. She served as the first Associate Editor of Art Therapy and is a member of the Journal Committee. She is a previous chair of the AATA Research Committee and currently serves as a member. She serves on the AATA Conference Proposal Review Committee. From 2009-2011 she was elected to the AATA Nominating Committee, and from 1999-2001 she was elected to the AATA Board of Directors. She also served on the AATA Education & Training Board (ETB; now EPAB) from 1987-1992.
She served the New England Association of Art Therapists (NEAAT) for many years. From 1984 – 1986 she was elected to the office of President of the New England Association for Art Therapists, Treasurer of the same organization (1986-1990), and Delegate to the Chapters of the AATA, as well as Newsletter Editor (1986-1987). In 1990, NEAAT made her an Honorary Life Member (HLM) of the organization.
She has been recognized by other associations, as well. The New York Art Therapy Association (NYATA) awarded her with their Honorary Life Membership (HLM) in 2015. In 2001, the Westchester Art Therapy Association (WATA) bestowed on her their award for Significant Contributions to the Field of Art Therapy.
She is a frequent presenter at national conferences of the American Art Therapy Association and has presented at the annual conference of the National Art Education Association and has published articles in journals of both organizations. Her current research is on the differential effects of art materials on anxiety reduction. Past research focused on trauma symptom reduction in inpatient, psychiatric adolescents, for which she, along with colleagues Francie Lyshak-Stelzer, Pamela Singer, and Claude Chemtob, she won the AATA 2007 Research Award.
She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her husband of many years, where she is pursues art-making in mixed-media painting, fiber arts, and playing the keyboard.