Angélica Pinna-Perez Ph.D., LCAT, LICSW, REAT, RDT, is an Assistant Professor in the Expressive Arts Therapy Specialization. She identifies as a scholar-activist-artist working as a clinician, actor/theatre divisor and social action activist practicing community based mental health counseling in the greater Boston area. She has worked artistically, clinically and in advocacy in the US and abroad with an interest in transnational/transcultural and social justice expressive arts based work in the context of globalization since 2003.
She is committed to using creativity as a form of knowledge. Scholarly interests are in the application of expressive arts in the service of understanding, reframing, and making meaning of trauma in individual and social contexts. Her work intends to center the voices and activism of marginalized artistic voices that have limited structural power within the profession and their societies. She uses a multi-method approach to explore the links between expressive arts making processes/creating, transnational/transnational discourses, globalization, and indigeneity to help inform strategies and interventions that can contribute to inclusive and relational arts based practices. She uses frameworks informed by feminist liberation psychology, human rights discourse, decolonial feminism, and social justice to organize her research, teaching, and outreach.
Current projects study how oppressive social-political structures are internalized and how individual/social transformation can occur when using expressive arts therapy to change psycho-social schemas through the use of testimonios/storytelling. Clinical work includes pro-bono services for underserved Spanish speaking migrants and undocumented families.