Angelica Pinna-Perez

Assistant Professor, Expressive Therapies

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Faculty Angelica Pinna Perez

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.


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

C.R.E.A.T.E Collaborative – Decolonizing Expressive Arts Based Research - Ongoing

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., New York 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)