Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell

Assistant Professor of Art
parkerbell@marywood.edu | ext 2200
Shields Center for Visual Arts 202
Full-Time Faculty


  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2008
    Degree: Doctor of  Psychology
  • Lesley College Graduate School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 2006
    Degree: Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology
  • Institute for the Arts and Human Development, May 1985
    Degree: Master of Arts, Expressive Therapy,
  • University of Michigan, School of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts, (Magna Cum Laude) December 1980

Current Position

  • Director, Fall 2001-Present, Assistant Professor, Graduate Art Therapy Program, Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Coordinator, Undergraduate Art Therapy Program, Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Professional Registration and Certification

  • LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor #PC003215, 2003-Present
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • A.T.R.-BC (Board Certified Art Therapist ), 1996-Present
  • A.T.R. (Registered Art Therapist), 1988-Present

Professional Affiliations

  • Elected Member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) Board of Directors, 2008
  • Professional Member: AATA
  • Member: American Psychology Association


  • Fourth Author," Art Therapists and Computer Technology," Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2005, 22, 139-149.
  • "Embracing a Future with Computers and Art Therapy," Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 1999, 4, 180-185.
  • "Exploring Possibilities: Art Research on the Internet." Collage: Annual Journal of the Kansas Art Education Association, 1999, pp.9-13.
  • "Masterpiece Mansion: A CD:ROM Review," Collage: Annual Journal of the Kansas Art Education Association, 1999, pp. 19-22.
  • "The Spirit of the Standards: An Art Therapist's Viewpoint," in " Annual Journal of the Kansas Art Education Association, 1997, 11-13.
  • Clinical work featured in "Art Therapy: Metaphors into Reality." In Portfolio, October/November 1990.

Papers, Presentations, and Professional Workshops

  • Exploring Professional Caregiver Experiences," Presentation for Marywood University Dept. of Nursing and Public Administration Education Forum, September 2008.
  • The Marriage of Art Therapy and Computers: For Better or for Worse," Invited Speaker, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA,., April 2006.
  • "Adapting for Art and Soul Survival: Learning from the Masters," Presenter for Marywood University, 9th Annual Art Therapy Symposium, Scranton, PA, May 2006.
  • "Looking at the Book not the Cover: Exploring Diversity in Self and Others," Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Housing Services Conference, June, 2006.
  • "Techniques for Stress Management," Presentation for Administration, Faculty and Staff, College Misericordia, Dallas, PA, December 2006.
  • "Creative Applications of Art Therapy and Computer Technologies" Caldwell College and the New Jersey Art Therapy Association Annual Art Therapy Conference, March, 2003.
  • "Digital Spirit: Connecting and Communicating with Internet Art Exchanges" Paper presentation with Marla Nicolo, ATR-BC, AATA Annual Conference, November 2002.
  • "Diversity in Computer Art Therapy Applications: Strengthening Communication and Creativity" Panelist on five-member panel of Art Therapy and Technology, AATA Annual Conference, November 2002.
  • "The Multifacetted Palette," Panelist/ Presenter of professional art work and artist statements addressing the potential for Art Therapy and Computer Work. AATA Annual Conference, November 2001.