Dr. Michaela Kirby (she, her, hers), a Board Certified/Registered Art Therapist, a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, has been core faculty at Lesley University since 2000. Currently, she is the Division Director of the Expressive Therapies Division in GSASS (2016-present) and teaches in the masters and doctoral programs. Prior to this position, Dr. Kirby was the Director of Field Training (2009-2013), the Coordinator of the Graduate Art Therapy program (2006-2009), and the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Art Therapy program (2000-2006). Dr. Kirby has been involved in the American Art Therapy Association for many years, serving most recently as on the Board of Directors from 2015-2019.
Dr. Kirby has many years of direct clinical experience with a range of populations and settings including pre-school to older adults and from hospitals to schools and community settings. Areas of specialization include using sandplay in therapy, supervision, social class and sexuality/gender.
Dr. Kirby has a shared fiber arts studio with Michelle Napoli, DAT, ATR-BC, the founder of the Survivor Quilt Project (SQP), an art-based project created for the purpose of speaking truth about incest to the next generation. As part of this project, they created a social action community-based art process to highlight and explore the sociopolitical construction of aspects of sexuality through the creation of The Vulva Quilt , which has been exhibited at conferences and community settings. In addition, Dr. Kirby has created a quilt titled My Story that is part of the Survivor Quilt Project. In addition to fiber arts, Dr. Kirby has explored other mediums including collage, mixed-media and body casting as a vehicle for change.
Michaela has a private practice doing individual therapy and supervision as well as trainings in sexuality, art therapy, and sandplay therapy.