Art therapy: a list of outcome evidence so far...

The American Art Therapy Association Research Committee have kindly shared their revised and updated Art Therapy Outcome Bibliography.

American Art Therapy Association Research Committee
Art Therapy Outcome Bibliography
Revised and Updated – May 25, 2015

We hope you will find this listing of art therapy outcome and single subject studies useful for purposes of research, grant writing, demonstrating support for your art therapy program, and as evidence of the effects of art therapy with various client populations. Listings are grouped primarily by client populations.

Links to the abstracts or articles are provided for some articles. The AATA Research Committee plans to update this listing annually. We welcome input from art therapists who become aware of studies that we may have missed. Please direct any corrections or additions to:

The bibliography covers the following areas:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Aging, elderly, geriatric
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder/ Asperger’s
  • Chemical dependency / substance abuse
  • Forensic
  • Graduate education
  • Grief / bereavement
  • Intellectually disabled
  • Medical
  • Normal and outpatient
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and trauma
  • Psychiatric and inpatient residential treatment
  • School / academic
  • Sexual abuse / abuse
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Quantitative studies (beginning 2004)
  • Qualitative studies
  • Combined research methodologies – quantitative and qualitative
  • Combined creative or expressive arts therapies (beginning 2006)
  • Meta-analyses of interest (beginning 2007)
  • Related research articles

To read the bibliography please click here