Arnell Etherington, Ph.D., MFT, ATR-BC

Professor, Graduate Art Therapy Program


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology. Professional School of Psychology, San Francisco California, 1991.
  • MA, Creative Arts Therapy. Lone Mountian College, San Francisco, California, 1977.
    • Emphasis: Art Therapy
  • Graduate Studies in Religion, Philosophy, Film and Photography. New School for Social Research, New York, New York, 1969-1970.
  • Graduate Studies in English Literature. University of London, London, England, 1969.
  • BA, Child Psychology. Rutgers University, Douglas College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1969.

Research and Interests

  • Sister Catherine Julie Cunningham Memorial Teaching Project Award Recipient
    • East Palo Alto Art Therapy Learning/Mentoring Program-“Finding Solutions to Violence”, 2007.
    • The Effects of Art Therapy on Self Esteem with Children having Genetic Glaucoma , Collaborating with Olena Wolsozuk, College of Notre Dame, 1998-1999.
  • The Integration of Artist Preference, Artist Expression, and Personality Types – Collaborating with Dr. Roy King, Stanford University, 1997.
  • Repetitive Figures in Sandplay, 1991.


  • American Art Therapy Association Clinical Award for Adolescent Services, 2004.
  • Sister Catherine Julie Cunningham Memorial Teaching Project, 1997, 2006.
  • Five Years of Dedicated Services to Youth, New Directions Adolescent Services Board of Directors, 1990.
  • Outstanding Services to Youth, New Directions Adolescent Services Board of Directors, 1985-1988.
  • 10 Years of Outstanding Services to Children, St. Vincent’s School for Boys, 1975-1985.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Art Therapy Association, Professional Member
    • National Chair, Scholarship Committee 1999-2003
    • National Chair, Education Committee, 1994
    • Member, Grants Committee, 1996
    • Member, Research Committee, 1992-1993
  • Northern California Art Therapy Association, Honorary Life Member
    • Member and Past Vice-President
  • National Association of Creative Arts Therapists
    • Past Member and Vice-President
  • Sandplay Therapists of America, Member
  • CAMFT, Member


  • Book: The Story of the Changing Wall
  • Thesis: Art Therapy with Previously Abused children
  • Dissertation: The Use of Repetitive Figures in Sandplay Therapy
  • Sandplay Therapy – 1997
  • Sandplay Manual – 1998
  • Art Therapy Today, Clinical Chapter, “Art Therapy and Sandplay with Abused Girls”, published by Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 1999
  • Art, Angst and Trauma, Chapter, “The Sparks of Adolescence”, published by Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Ill., 2007