Creative Insight: with Dr. Girija Kaimal

~Michelle Saleeba

I'm really excited to be launching an informative interview series for 2019. 'Creative Insights' explores the fascinating topics of creativity, art therapy and the benefits of arts engagement. I hope you enjoy this series and find meeting the researchers, practitioners and artists as insightful and thought provoking as I have.

Our series starts in conversation with someone whose research into the benefits of arts participation has had a huge influence on my own study and career development. So I was absolutely thrilled when Dr Girija Kaimal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University in the United States, agreed to be interviewed.

An internationally renowned researcher in the fields of creative self-expression and art therapy, Dr Kaimal holds the position of Principal Investigator at the HALE lab. A research institute that examines art therapy and other arts-based interventions for psychosocial and health outcomes, including for current and former military personnel with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Dr Kaimal is on the board of directors of the American Art Therapy Association, and serves internationally as a consultant on development projects related to gender equity and arts-based psychosocial support for vulnerable people living in trauma zones.

Bolstering her work and own sense of wellbeing Dr Kaimal prioritises time to maintain her own award winning art practice. Images of Dr Kaimal's artwork are interspersed throughout the interview.