Ashley HartmanAssistant Professor of Art Therapy
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Shields Center for Visual Arts
Ashley Hartman, PhD, ATR is an educator, registered art therapist, researcher, and artist. She earned her doctorate of philosophy with a specialization in art therapy from Florida State University where she also obtained a certificate in Museum Education and Exhibitions (MEX) and credentials required for Florida State licensure in mental health counseling (RMHCI).
Formerly, Ashley was an adjunct professor at FSU’s Graduate Art Therapy Program and she served as a teaching assistant for the Department of Art Education while completing her PhD. She earned a Master of Science Degree in art therapy from Florida State University, a Master’s Degree in educational psychology from Florida Atlantic University, and a BS in psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University where she was an NCAA DII collegiate basketball player. Prior to her BS, she completed studies in fashion design at the Art Institute of Seattle.
Therapeutic, Clinical, and Community-Based Work
Ashley has worked in diverse community based and clinical settings as an art therapist and mental health counselor. She has worked as a behavioral health therapist and expressive art therapist in the inpatient psychiatric unit, outpatient psychiatric programs, and in psychiatric triage at Capital Regional Medical Center. She worked as an expressive arts therapist for Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in the adolescent psychiatric unit where she has supervised social work, expressive therapy, and mental health counseling interns. She has experience with cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT, mindfulness-based, trauma-informed, psychoeducation, and person-centered therapy. As part of her clinical training, Ashley served as an art therapy intern at the University of Washington Medical Center Arts in Healing program.
She was a school-based art therapist for K-12 ESE departments. She served as an art therapist at Gadsten Correctional Facility where she worked with female incarcerated clients. Much of her work has emphasized pediatric and school settings that accommodate therapy services and family support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their family systems. Her dissertation study was titled Utilizing the museum as a Space for Art Therapy for Adolescents with High Functioning Autism.
Ashley’s scholarly endeavors focus on the areas of museum-based art therapy and medical art therapy. She has developed programs alongside the Birmingham Museum of Art and University of Alabama Medical Center and FSU Graduate Art Therapy Program. She participated in the London Exchange program at FSU and has served as a researcher, therapist, and art therapy liaison with the FSU Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA), where she developed programs for several community-based settings such as, local K-12 private and public schools, community arts centers for adults with disabilities, Veteran’s centers, the local community college, and facilities for elderly persons with dementia (PWD).