Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell

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

Current Position

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

Appointments and Honors

  • Visiting Professor, Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Siberia, Russian Federation, Appointed, Fall 2013- Present
  • Elected Member-of National Gerontology Academic Honor and Professional Society of Sigma Phi Omega, April 2013-Present
  • Honorary Member, SLAVA, (National High School Slavic Honor Society), 2012-present

 Professional Affiliations

  • Director, Board of Directors, The Art Therapy Certification Board (ATCB), January 2015-7
  • Director, Board of Directors, American Art Therapy Association (AATA), 2009-12
  • Credentialed Professional Member: AATA
  • Credentialed Professional Member: Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association
  • Member: American Psychology Association
  • Member: Pennsylvania Psychology Association

Professional Registration and Certification

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


  • Parker-Bell, B. (2013). Hiring and retaining quality professional caregivers in the long-term care environment: A case study of Geisinger Mountain View Care Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania.  International Online Journal of Case Analysis, Special Issue: Transforming Aging:  Available at: http://ojica.fiu.edu/index.php/ojica_journal
  • Parker-Bell, B. (2012). Nurse satisfaction in the long-term dementia care environment: Fostering relationships between administration, nurses, and residents. In A. McDonnell (Ed.)., Managing Gerontology Health Services (pp. 221-274), Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett
  • Parker-Bell, B., & Pfeiffer, M. (2012). Enhancing quality of life in older adults through the creative arts therapies. In A. McDonnell (Ed.)., Managing Gerontology Health Services (pp. 107-144), Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett
  • Parker-Bell, B. (2011). Art therapy with children and adolescents: Inspiring creativity and growth. In C. Norton, Re-inventing the wheel: Innovations in child and adolescent mental health (pp.18-35). New York, NY: Routledge

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.