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.