American Dance Therapy Association 52nd Annual Conference
November 2-5, 2017
San Antonio, Texas
Movement as Pathway to Neuro Resilience and Social Connection:
Dance/Movement Therapy at the Forefront
2017 Conference Resources
Marian Chace Foundation Lecture
Friday, November 3, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Rhythms of Research & Dance/Movement Therapy
Robyn Flaum Cruz, PhD, BC-DMT
From the heartbeat to gait, rhythms organize movement and offer tools for both arousal and adaptation, providing awareness and control that address individual’s needs. A biologically intrinsic feature of human physiology, rhythm is an essential element of dance/movement therapy theory and practice. Research also follows a course of ebbs and flows, that can be described as rhythms. Across many disciplines, these research rhythms created the context for dance/movement therapy in the past and will continue to guide, influence, and feed it in the future.
( NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)
Robyn Flaum Cruz, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC is Professor of Expressive Therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she has focused on doctoral curriculum development for the arts therapies in a unique low residency format for the past 12 years. She has served as Co-Chair for the Lesley University Institutional Review Board since 2010, and was featured in the Lesley University 2012 Annual Report. She is a Past Vice President and Past President of American Dance Therapy Association, and Past Chair of the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations.
Dr. Cruz’s clinical work has spanned populations such as adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses and children and adolescents with trauma and substance abuse issues. Her doctoral degree is in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Measurement and Methodology. She has worked as a research methodologist, research consultant, and statistician. She has enjoyed teaching doctoral students since 1995, and has taught graduate courses in dance therapy, research methods, and statistics to students from many different disciplines in the US, Europe, and South America.
A member of the ADTA Research Subcommittee since 1994, her current research interests include: expanding the evidence-base for dance/movement therapy; enhancing diagnostic specificity using movement assessments; movement disorders; applying research to clinical practice; and using research to advocate for the arts therapies as viable healthcare professions that bring humanity to caring for those in need.
She is a former Co-Editor of American Journal of Dance Therapy, and served as Editor-in-Chief of The Arts in Psychotherapy from 2002 to 2015. She is co-author of two textbooks — Dance/Movement Therapists in Action: A Working Guide to Research Options and Feders’ Art and Science of Evaluation in the Arts Therapies, both are in 2nd editions and published by Charles C. Thomas. In addition, she has authored over 50 articles in refereed journals across the disciplines of dance/movement therapy, psychiatry, psychology, neurology, and communications disorders.