ATCB Board Of Directors

The ATCB Board of Directors is comprised of nine (9) members, (8) ATR-BCs and one (1) public member. Directors are appointed for two year terms for a maximum of three terms.

Barbara Parker-Bell, ATR-BC
Tallahasee, Florida
Barbara Parker-Bell

Barbara Parker-Bell is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of the Art Therapy Program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. In 2016, Barbara completed a 4-month Fulbright Scholarship at Tomsk State University, Siberia, where she taught art therapy and developed research related to the growth of art therapy in the Russian Federation. She continues to work on collaborative research and education with art therapy specialists in the Russian Federation and retains the title of Visiting Professor at Tomsk State University. Prior to the Fulbright experience and her affiliation with Florida State University, Dr. Parker-Bell worked at Marywood University in Scranton, PA, as the Director of the Graduate Art Therapy Program and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Art Therapy Program. Barbara has served as a Director on the American Art Therapy Association Board of Directors, and was a member of the Education Committee of the American Art Therapy Association for many years. She has also served as a member of the Educational Program Approval Board.

Barbara received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and her Masters of Expressive Art Therapies from Lesley University. She has been active in clinical practice with a variety of populations in a variety of settings. Barbara has combined her psychology training in cognitive behavioral therapy and health psychology with her art therapy strategies and practice. She has written book chapters and articles related to work with older adults, children, adolescents. Additionally, her articles about Russian collaborative projects and art therapy development have been featured in US and Russian scholarly journals.

Charlotte Boston, MA, LCPAT, ATR-BC
Gwynn Oak, Maryland
Charlotte Boston

Charlotte Boston earned a Master of Arts in Art Therapy, from the George Washington University, in 1986, Bachelor of Science in Fine Art & Psychology, from Towson State University in 1983. Art Therapy Registration in 1989, Board Certification in 1995 and Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist in 2015.

Charlotte's clinical work includes art therapy services for psychiatric inpatients. Her experiences include a broad range of populations which include military, adults with chronic mental illness, emotionally disturbed adolescents and children, and trauma survivors of all ages. She has served in roles as director of expressive therapy, clinical director, field & faculty supervisor, consultant, and adjunct professor. Charlotte is a published author and has presented locally and nationally. She is currently an art therapist at Adventist Behavioral Health and Wellness.

This is Charlotte's first time serving on the ATCB Board of Directors. Since 1995 she has served on many AATA committees. She served one term on AATA's Nominating, Honors, Ethics committees, and was Multicultural and Program Committee chair. She served as Secretary for four years on the Board of Directors for the American Art Therapy Association and 7 years on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Art Therapy Association as President, Vice President, Treasurer and various related roles for this affiliate.

Deborah A. Sharpe, ATR-BC
San Pablo, California
Deborah A. Sharpe

Deborah Sharpe, ATR-BC, received a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from New York University in 1991, Art Therapy Registration in 1992 and Board Certification in 1996. She has a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art from the University of California at Berkeley. Deborah is an adjunct faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University and teaches Art Therapy for Special Populations. She is a part time faculty at Saint Mary's College of California Counseling Department, where she teaches Theories of Counseling, Treatment of Children, and Group Theory and Practice.

Deborah's clinical work includes adults with chronic mental illness, emotionally disturbed adolescents, at-risk children, and trauma survivors of all ages. She has provided group and individual art therapy in a variety of settings since 1991. Deborah has presented locally and nationally.

This is Deborah's first time serving on the ATCB Board of Directors. She served six years on the Registration Standards Committee -one as committee chair - before serving four years on the Board of Directors for the American Art Therapy Association. She also served one term on AATA's nominating committee. Deborah served for ten years on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Art Therapy Association as Director of Membership, Programs, President-elect, and President.

Christine Kerr, Ph.D., LCAT, ATR-BC
North Babylon, New York
Christine Kerr

Christine Kerr, Ph.D., A.T.R.-BC, LCAT has been the Director of Clinical Art Therapy Programs at LIU, Post for the past 18 years and a professor for over 25 years. Dr. Kerr holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has been a practicing board certified clinical art therapist for over 40 years. Dr. Kerr maintains an active private practice and her main focus is family and couples therapy. She has published many research articles on art psychotherapy as a treatment intervention with family in crisis. Routinely Dr. Kerr has been invited to lecture internationally on family therapy and family art therapy. Her lectures have been featured throughout Europe, Asia, Russia, the Far East and Central and South America. In 2008, Dr. Kerr spearheaded, edited and authored the recognized title Family Art Therapy, published by Taylor-Rutledge (245 pages). This text has been translated into five languages. It is currently being translated into Russian. In 2015 Dr. Kerr , published the first International Family Art Therapy (480 pages) Taylor-Rutledge.In this seminal text authors.This new text features 15 international authors and their focus on family art therapy treatment from their own cultural context.

Lisa Garlock, LCPAT, ATR-BC
Silver Spring, Maryland
Lisa Garlock

Lisa Raye Garlock is on the faculty of the Art Therapy Program at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. As Clinical Placement Coordinator, she helps students find internship placements, develops new sites, and organizes supervisor's workshops. She also manages the art therapy gallery and curates two exhibits a year. She is a consultant and co-facilitator to an international non-profit, Common Threads, which trains therapists to work with survivors of gender-based violence, using an integrative approach that includes culturally-based interventions.

She became a licensed art therapist immediately after Maryland offered the LCPAT, and she holds the ATR-BC and ATCS credentials. She feels that credentialing, and ultimately art therapy licensure in all states, is critical for the profession, and looks forward to playing an active role as a Director for the ATCB.

Lisa majored in Printmaking at the Rochester Institute of Technology, with minors in Textiles and Painting, and received her Master of Science with specialization in Art Therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester. She has worked with adults, adolescents and children in hospitals, schools, and community-based organizations. She presents on art therapy topics, facilitates workshops in the US and abroad, and exhibits her artwork locally, nationally, and internationally. Lisa works in a variety of art forms, including textiles, painting, mixed media, and glass beads.

Deb Murphy, ATR-BC, LPC-AT/S
San Antonio, Texas
Deb Murphy

Deb Murphy has been an art therapy clinician and educator with experience in the treatment of psychiatric, medical and special needs populations from early childhood to geriatrics. She has worked in a variety of settings throughout her career from state institutions and schools to community mental health and inpatient hospitals. At present, she is employed at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center. Deb manages a hospital-wide art therapy program serving active duty military with PTSD and adults with psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. Her other professional endeavors include supervision of LPC and art therapy professional and graduate interns, contract art therapy for young adults and children with developmental disorders and community education, workshops and presentations.

Deb has served as President, Newsletter Chair, and Local Den Leader for the South Texas Art Therapy Association. She was the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee Chair for the AATA Conference, San Antonio, and Bylaws Chair for the Buckeye Art Therapy Association.

She was recognized with the award as Business Weeks Innovative Teacher and worked in collaboration with organizations to receive grants for published art therapy research, arts in education and children's mental health awareness.

Deb received her MAT at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio continuing her education at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio for Counseling. She has a BFA from Kent State University, Kent Ohio.

Katy Barrington, Ph.D., ATR-BC, CT
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Katy Barrington

Katy Barrington is a Registered and Board Certified art therapist (ATR-BC) and a Certified Thanatologist (CT). She earned her PhD as well as a Certificate of Aging Studies from Florida State University in 2008. Dr. Barrington is interested in death education and has worked with older adults as well as families involved in hospice. She is currently an Associate Professor at Adler University in Chicago, Illinois and has authored two book chapters each focusing on her work. Dr. Barrington has presented at conferences in the United States, Singapore, Ecuador, Italy, and South Korea. She continues to advocate for seniors and those who are marginalized.

Ruth Xilomen Rios, MFA, ATR-BC, LMFT
South Gate, California
Ruth Xilomen Rios

A Los Angeles native, Ruth Xilomen Rios is an Artist, Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of California Santa Cruz, a Master's Degree in Marital and Family Therapy/Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design.

Xilomen has worked at non-profit organizations providing bilingual field-based services to low-income communities, cultivating a specialty in trauma with children and immigrant communities. Her approach incorporates evidence-based modalities, a mind-body integrative approach, and a culturally sensitive perspective. She has worked as a teaching artist in gallery and studio settings as well as in juvenile hall, facilitated art therapy workshops in community settings, and developed new internship opportunities for undergraduate art students.

Currently, she collaborates as a school-based art-therapist with Cedars-Sinai, Share & Care. She provides art therapy supervision as part-time faculty at Loyola Marymount University and serves as Chair of LMU's Active Cultural Explorations Committee. Xilomen sits on the Art Therapy Credentials Board as a director. She also sees clients in private practice and makes art. Her artwork reveals personal histories of mixed heritage, a commitment to social practice, and an interest in the role of art in education and research. Her artwork has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally.

Thomas L. Hartsell, Jr.
Public Member Director
Plano, Texas
Tomas L. Hartsell, Jr.

Tom Hartsell is a lawyer and mediator in private practice in Plano, Texas. Tom also serves on the full time faculty at Southern Methodist University teaching courses in two graduate programs, Dispute Resolution and Counseling and serves as Associate Director of Clinical Services Dispute Resolution.

Tom has been instructing and working with and for mental health professionals for over thirty (30) years. He has presented workshops and lectures to mental health professionals both locally and nationally. Tom has served a previous term as Public Member Director of the ATCB.