Fall 2020 Guidance
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Laura Wood

Assistant Professor, Drama Therapy

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Dr. Laura L. Wood is a Registered Drama Therapist, Board Certified Trainer, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and a Certified Child Life Specialist. Dr. Wood is the current President of the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA). Previously, Dr. Wood served as an Assistant Professor and the Clinical Coordinator at Molloy College, where she spent four years collaborating and launching an accredited program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and supported the start of a community wellness clinic. Prior to being a full-time professor, Dr. Wood was the Lead Therapist at an eating disorder and trauma treatment center in the Midwest where she facilitated individual, group, and family therapy. She also spent time working in pediatric hospitals with critically and seriously ill children and in assisted living with older adults. Her focus and research areas include the treatment of trauma and dissociation, eating disorders, attachment, recovery, and grief/loss. More specifically, Dr. Wood is interested in how therapeutic theater can support individuals in various forms of recovery. She created the CoActive Therapeutic Theater (CoATT) Model with her colleague Dave Mowers (www.recoverythroughperformance.org). CoATT is the first manualized model of therapeutic theater and Dr. Wood is engaged in on-going research and collaboration with various recovery communities including persons with eating disorders, substance use, and aphasia.

Dr. Wood presents, publishes, supervises, and consults nationally and internationally. She sees clients in private practice and facilitates intensive healing retreats using drama therapy. In the classroom, Dr. Wood is passionate about teaching and supervising students to develop into present, attuned, and embodied clinicians that listen deeply. Dr. Wood works to inspire each student to think critically about the material presented and examine the role of power, privilege, and intersecting identities in the clinical encounter. Dr. Wood prioritizes mirroring and reflecting to each student their unique capacities and supporting students in unfolding into the practitioner and scholar they want to embody.


Selected Publications

  • Wood, L.L. & Mowers, D. (Accepted). The Co-Active Therapeutic Theater Model: A manualized approach to creating therapeutic theater with persons in recovery. The Drama Therapy Review.
  • Laura L. Wood & Elizabeth C. Pignatelli (2019) The Scribble Story Technique: An Arts-Based Supervision Process, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/15401383.2019.1566041
  • Frydman, J. S., Segall, J., & Wood, L. L. (2018). Themes of career advancement among North American drama therapists: A secondary qualitative analysis. Drama Therapy Review4(2), 271-286.
  • Young, J. & Wood, L.L. (2017). Laban: A guide figure in drama and dance movement therapy. The Arts in Psychotherapy.
  • Wood, L.L. (2015) Eating disorder as protector: The use of Internal Family Systems and drama therapy to treat eating disorders in Creative Arts Therapies in Eating Disorders. Ed. Annie Hershifelt. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, England.
  • Wood, L.L. (2015). Building response flexibility in clients with eating disorders through embodying their addiction and improvisation. The Drama Scope
  • Wood,L.L. (2014). Setting the stage for self-attunement: Drama therapy as a guide for neural integration in the treatment of eating disorders. The Drama Therapy Review 1(1) 55-70.
  • Villanueva, M., Twain, D., & Wood, L.L. (2010). ASL: A visual language in Language in the Real World. Routledge, New York City, NY.


PhD: University of Missouri, Saint Louis

MA: New York University

BA: Marymount Manhattan College


Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT)

Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS)