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Michaela Kirby

Interim Division Director, Associate Professor of Expressive Therapies, Art Therapy

Michaela Kirby

Dr. Michaela Kirby is a board certified/registered art therapist and a licensed psychologist. Since 2006, she has been one of the core faculty in the graduate Expressive Therapies Division and was the Coordinator of the undergraduate art therapy program from 2000-2006.As faculty in the graduate program, Dr. Kirby teaches in both the graduate and doctoral program.

Dr. Kirby has been active in the American Art Therapy Association for many years and is currently serving on the Educational Program Approval Board, which reviews and approves graduate art therapy programs for the association. 

Dr. Kirby also maintains a private practice in Somerville. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including residential schools for adolescents, public schools, a college counseling center, day treatment, in-patient, and out-patient settings. Areas of specialization include sandplay, neuropsychology, sexuality and gender issues, autism and developmental delays, adolescence, and women with ADHD. 

Dr. Kirby also maintains an art studio and has also been exploring bodycasting as a vehicle for healing.


Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
M.A., Expressive Therapies, Lesley University
B.A., Theater and Music, Chatham College

Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC) 
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)