Denise Boston, Ph.D., RDT, Associate Professor in the MA Expressive Arts Therapy Program at California Institute of Integral Studies. Her programmatic and research interests are in the areas of community-based initiatives and expressive arts intervention. As an Expressive Arts consultant, Denise has implemented multimodal arts programs with diverse populations, particularly African American children, adolescents and families. Over the past 25 years she has devoted her teaching and training skills to the increased understanding of urban trauma and expressive arts therapeutic approaches to address mental health care disparities of people of African descent. She has been an invited keynote speaker and presenter at regional, national, and international conferences, school systems, colleges and universities. With a culturally relevant approach toward mental health and wellness, she is known for her dynamic, interactive presentations to teachers, parents, and students. Denise earned a B.F.A in Drama from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, an M.A. in Psychology and Counseling from Goddard College, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Walden University.