Dance/Movement Therapy Research

Listed below are the six AAD Field at a Glance study articles.  Click on each title to view the articles.

  1. An Evaluation of Kornblum's Body-Based Violence Prevention Curriculum for Children
  2. PEACE Through Dance/Movement: Evaluating a Violence Prevention Program
  3. The Acute Effects of a Specialized Movement Program on the Verbal Abilities of Patients with Late-Stage Dementia
  4. Dance/Movement Therapeutic Methods in Management of Dementia
  5. The Joy Dance: Specific Effects of a Single Dance Intervention on Psychiatric Patients with Depression
  6. Dance/Movement Therapy Improves Emotional Responses and Modulates Neurohormones in Adolescents with Mild Depression



The mission of the Research Sub-Committee is to promote research in the field of dance/movement therapy in several ways:

  • Making research related resources as available as possible.
  • Assisting ADTA members with their research through consultation around research questions, designs, methods, etc.

Please go to our research listings and browse the categories at the right of the page. The Research Committee tries to stay current with dance therapy research. If you’re aware of research that is not listed, or if you have questions about particular research issues, contact one of the committee members, listed at right.


Call for Nominations!  Annual DMT Research Award!


Presented by the ADTA Research Sub-Committee of the Education, Research and Practice Committee


Did you read or write a great research article about dance/movement therapy?

It could win the Annual DMT Research Award!!!  


Criteria and Specifics:

·         The article must be published in a peer reviewed journal

·         The article must have dance/movement therapy as a keyword descriptor

·         The article should advance the body of knowledge in the field of DMT

·         The article should demonstrate an understanding and application of basic research design and methodology

·         The article will be chosen by the Research Sub-committee


Award recipients and their articles will be acknowledged on the ADTA website and presented with the award at the business meeting during the annual conference. Additional award recognition details will be coming soon!


Questions or nominations?

Contact Emma Barton, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT, E-RYT, Research Award Coordinator, 


Research Sub-Committee members and their areas of special interests and expertise are:

Cynthia Berrol, Ph.D., BC-DMT

Development of research ideas

into a form appropriate for investigative research. Interpretation of statistical results, analysis of content in qualitative designs regarding discussion & implications.

Robyn Flaum Cruz, Ph.D., BC-DMT

Research design and assistance with all aspects of measurement and statistical analysis, including reliability, validity, univariate, bivariate and multivariate analysis, and classification techniques.

Lenore Hervey, Ph.D., BC-DMT, NCC, REAT

Qualitative research methods, including nontraditional, artistic and creative methods of inquiry, from formulating questions to qualitative data analysis.

Laura Downey, MA, R-DMT

Research design, data analysis, and reporting. Special interest in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Bartenieff Fundamentals, theory, brain function, structure, biological functions, quantitative methods.

Marybeth Weinstock, PhD, BC-DMT

Qualitative Research Methods, especially feminist perspectives; collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and application; design and application of assessment tools;  special interests include issues of age, eating disorders, brain development and function, body image, women's issues, dancers' lives;  exploring criteria for evidence-based research.

Emma Barton, MA, BC-DMT

Evaluation Research, program design and implementation, action/participatory research approaches.  Organization and development of literature review process. Special interest in integrative clinical approaches, yoga, Eastern philosophy, mindfulness and neuroscience.


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