Russian-American Collaboration in Art Therapy and Psychology: Methods and Outcomes


  • Barbara Faye Parker-Bell Marywood University
  • Tatiana Vaulina Tomsk State University


The purpose of this paper is to share the experience of the development of international collaboration related to exchanging information and expanding understanding of art therapy and culture between Russian and American universities. The paper describes some of the existing differences between Russian and American understanding of art therapy that becomes one of the catalysts for the development of international projects between two universities, Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA and Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russian Federation. The authors share their own experiences of building and implementing international projects to build cultural awareness using art methods, and in increasing understanding of the field of art therapy and psychology in both countries. Additionally the authors address the challenges that were faced, and report methods and outcomes of the projects. Collaborative program development is discussed as an example of cultivating global awareness and internationalization of teaching and learning processes in modern universities.

Author Biographies

Barbara Faye Parker-Bell, Marywood University

Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Marywood University in Scranton, PA.  She is the Director of the Graduate Art Therapy Program and Cooordinator of the Undergraduate Art Therapy Program.  In addition, Dr. Parker-Bell is a Visiting Professor at Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russian Federation.

Tatiana Vaulina, Tomsk State University

Dr. Tatiana Vaulina is an Associate Professor of General Psychology of the Psychology Department of Tomsk State University in Tomsk, Russian Federation






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