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Angelica Pinna-Perez

Associate Professor, Expressive Therapies

Faculty Angelica Pinna Perez

Angélica Pinna-Perez Ph.D., LCAT, LICSW, REAT, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in Expressive Arts Therapy in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences.

She identifies as a clinician, interdisciplinary arts based researcher and social justice activist. In addition to her teaching, she is an advocate and practitioner working in the US and abroad using trauma aware, culturally affirming social justice therapy and expressive arts in the context of globalization using an anti-colonial lens.

She is committed to using creativity as a form of knowledge. Scholarly interests include the application of expressive arts in the service of understanding, reframing, and making meaning of psycho-social trauma. Her work intends to center the voices of marginalized and disenfranchised individuals that have limited structural power.

She uses a multi-method approach to explore expressive arts practices, transcultural discourses, globalization, and indigeneity in order to create inclusive, relational and anti-colonial arts based clinical practices. She uses frameworks informed by liberation psychology, human rights discourse, decolonial feminism, and social justice to organize her clinical work, research, teaching, and outreach. She dreams big, disrupts the status quo, and envisions a truly just world rooted in shared humanity.

Current projects study how oppressive social-political narratives are internalized and how individual and structural transformation occurs by changing psycho-social schemas through the use of testimonios/storytelling.  

She is the Executive Director of the Cervitude Coalition, a 501c(3) that strives to provide quality holistic mental health care services for individuals living with complex trauma who are marginalized, disenfranchised and struggling with severe financial hardship.


Angélica Pinna-Perez & Rachel Frank (2018) Sleep of Reason: critical reflections on performance arts-based research as psycho-social commentary in expressive arts therapy praxis, Qualitative Research in Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2018.1429908

Cervitude Creativity: Decolonizing Expressive Arts Based Research:

International Conferences:

2019 Pinna-Perez, A., & Wager, A. C. Decolonizing Educational Practices: Performing Latinidad in the Classroom. HICE 17th International Conference on Education. Honolulu, Hawaii, US.

2018 Pinna-Perez, A., “The (in)Visible Refugee: Re-claiming the Latinx roles of the immigrant, the migrant, the undocumented and the illegal in the “Americas” Imagination. Primer Encuentro Latinoamericano de Dramaterapia, Temuco, Chile

2018 Pinna-Perez, A. Transnational (In)Visibility in Higher Education: Critical Arts-based Reflections by Latinx Professor on White Privilege, Code-Switching, and Internalized Racism. Presented at the Latina/o Studies Association 3rd Biennial International Conference, Latinx Now+2018 in Washington D.C


Ph.D., European Graduate School, Switzerland
M.A., New York University
M.S.W., Fordham University
B.A., Muhlenberg College

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT)
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT)
Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) (currently Inactive)