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Jacelyn Biondo

Temporary Core Faculty, Dance/Movement Therapy

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Dr. Jacelyn Biondo, BC-DMT, LPC, loves exploring the psyche/soma connection, the relationship between dance/movement therapy and schizophrenia, the concept of seeing and being seen, and the role of community within each of these areas. Her research, clinical work, and life experiences have piqued her interest in the concepts of community, intimacy, and belonging, particularly as they relate to communities that are often underrepresented and dehumanized.

Jacelyn sits on the National Board of the American Dance Therapy Association as Treasurer, and on the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association as President.

She graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts with a dual major in dance and photography, her Master of Arts from Drexel University in Dance/Movement Therapy, and her PhD in Creative Arts in Therapy at Drexel University. She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University and a temporary core faculty at Lesley University. 

Jacelyn has presented nationally and internationally on dance therapy and schizophrenia, de-escalation and violence prevention, artistic inquiry, and arts-based research practice. She joins a team of colleagues in the Arts-Based Research Global Consortium.

Her future will most certainly include dancing with people with schizophrenia, conducting research, traveling, learning, eating delicious food, and advocating for art, arts therapies, equality, and a kinder humanity.   

Scholarship

Book Chapter

Biondo, J., & Bryl, K. (In Press). A trauma-informed approach to dance/movement therapy for persons living with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. In R. Dieterich-Hartwell, & A.M. Melsom (Eds.), Dance/movement therapy for trauma survivors: Theoretical, clinical, and cultural perspectives.

Select Peer-Reviewed Articles

Biondo, J., Gerber, N., Bradt, J., Du, W., Goodill, S. (2021). Single-session dance/movement therapy for thought and behavioral dysfunction associated with schizophrenia: A mixed-methods feasibility study. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 209, 114-122. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33141785/

Biondo, J., & Gerber, N. (2020).  Single-session dance/movement therapy for people with acute schizophrenia: Development of a treatment protocol. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 42(2), 277-295. DOI: https://www.doi.org/10.1007/s10465-020-09341-8

Gerber, N., Biffi, E., Biondo, J., Genignani, M., Hannes, K., & Siegesmund, R. (2020).  Arts-based research in the social and health sciences: Pushing for change with an interdisciplinary global arts-based research initiative. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 21(2).

Vaudreuil, R., Biondo, J., & Bradt, J. (2020).  Music therapy with active-duty service members: Group protocol description and secondary analysis of protocol evaluations.  Music Therapy Perspectives. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/mtp/miaa006

Koch, S., Riege, R., Tisborn, K., Biondo, J., Martin, L., & Beelmann, A. (2019).  Effects of dance movement therapy and dance on health-related psychological outcomes. A meta-analysis update.  Frontiers in Psychology, 10(1806), 1-28. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01806

Biondo, J. (2019).  Stillness in dance/movement therapy: Potentiating creativity on the edge and in the void. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 41(1), 113-121. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10465-018-9291-7

Bradt, J., Biondo, J., & Vaudreuil, R. (2018).  Songs created by military service members in music therapy: A retrospective analysis.  The Arts in Psychotherapy. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2018.11.004

Biondo, J. (2017). De-escalation with dance/movement therapy: A program evaluation. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 39(2), 209-225. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10465-017-9261-5

Select Presentations

Gerber, N., Biondo, J., & Biffi, E. (2020, February). Global Classroom in Arts-based Research. Presentation at the European Congress for Qualitative Inquiry, Malta.

Gerber, N., Siegesmund, R., Hannes, K., Biondo, J., Biffi, E., & Genignani, M. (2020, February).  Game changer: The Future of Arts-Based and Art-Informed Inquiry in the Social and Health Sciences: Towards an Interdisciplinary Global Arts-Based Research Consortium.  Symposium presented at the European Congress for Qualitative Inquiry, Malta.

Biondo, J. (2019, October). Single-Session Dance/Movement Therapy for People with Schizophrenia in Inpatient Facilities: Theory, Practice, and Research.  Workshop presented at the American Dance Therapy Association National Conference, Miami, Florida.

Gerber, N., Siegesmund, R., Hannes, K., Biondo, J., Biffi, E., & Gemignani, M. (2019, February). The future of arts-based and arts-informed inquiry in the social and health sciences: Toward an interdisciplinary global arts-based research consortium.  3-day Game Changer Workshop presented at the European Congress for Qualitative Inquiry, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Biondo, J. & Bryl, K. (2018, October).  When Words Are Not Enough: Dance/Movement Therapy and Schizophrenia.  Workshop presented at the American Dance Therapy Association National Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biondo, J. (2018, March).  Languaging Your Art: Gleaning Data from Artistic Inquiry.  Workshop presented at Arts-Based Research Symposium: Getting Messy and Asking Critical Questions, New Paltz, SUNY, New York.

Biondo, J. (2017, November).  De-Escalation with Dance/Movement Therapy: Findings of a Program Evaluation Employing DMT Techniques with Psychiatric Nurses.  Workshop presented at the American Dance Therapy Association National Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Gerber, N., Biondo, J., Landless, B. (2017, September). Arts-Based Research and Dominant Scholarly Tradition.  Presentation panel at the European Consortium for Arts Therapies Educators, Krakow, Poland.

Gerber, N., Sajnani, N., Biondo, J., Landless, B. (2016, May).  Arts-Based Research and Dominant Scholarly Traditions.  Presentation at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champagne-Urbana, IL.

Education

PhD, Drexel University

MA, Drexel University

BFA, California Institute of the Arts

Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist

Licensed Professional Counselor