Valerie joined Lesley as an adjunct faculty in 2011 and as a core faculty in 2018 in the dance/movement therapy specialization. She teaches in both the on-campus and low-residency programs, and was a part of the design team to create supervision courses for the low residency-curriculum. She is also a core faculty member in Lesley’s Laban Movement Analysis certification program.
Currently, Valerie is a dance/movement therapist in private practice specializing in work with young children and their families, as well as clinical supervision. Her clinical experience has centered around work with children with a focus on attachment patterns and sensory integration, particularly with the deaf population. She has extensive experience in inpatient psychiatric work with children and adolescents, as well as community mental health support. She worked for 13 years with the Boston Children’s Foundation implementing the Rainbowdance and CBI programs in acute trauma response and resiliency building utilizing the expressive therapies. She acted as a lead trainer in the Rainbowdance and CBI programs, traveling to Taiwan, Mississippi, and New Jersey in response to acute disasters in these areas.
Valerie’s research interests center around the pedagogical practices of dance/movement therapy and building pedagogical theory in the field. Her recent studies have explored the dance/movement therapy hybrid low residency student’s sense of embodied presence in their core courses. She has also acted on the American Dance Therapy Association’s committee on approval, collaborating with educators across the United States.
Valerie grew up in Massachusetts where she now lives with her husband and two children. She is active in the arts community in Cambridge and dances with the Guardians of Isadora dance group, which carries on the legacy of Isadora Duncan.