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Karman, Shira

Senior Instructor
Lesley University
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Undergraduate Studies

Academic Focus

Psychology: Expressive Arts Therapy

Community Involvement
  • 2010-present: Steering committee, B’nai Or of Boston
  • 2015: Jamaica Plain Open Studios
Courses Taught

PSY 407 Theory and Practice of Art Therapy
PSY 408  Movement and Healing
PSY 311 Group Dynamics and Diversity
PSY 428  Holistic Psychology


M.Ed. - Lesley University - Dance/Movement Therapy
B.S. - University of Massachusetts - Speech and Language Therapy. 


I teach these subjects as a vehicle for students to become more self-aware.

Professional Experience
  • 1979-present:  Lesley University, adjunct faculty
  • 1981-present:  psychotherapy, private practice
  • 1999-present: Cambridge College, senior faculty
Research & Publications
  • American Journal of Dance Therapy (2016) co-authored with Beardall, Nancy et al. "The On-line Body"
  • Journal of Creativity in Mental Health (2005) co-authored with Klagsbrun, Joan et al. "Focusing and Expressive ArtsTherapy as Complementary Treatment for Women with Breast Cancer"
Selected Presentations
  • 2015-present:  Introductory Course in Dance/Movement Therapy, Beijing, China
  • 2014:  National Conference, American Dance Therapy Association
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
  • American Dance Therapy Association
  • Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association
  • United States Association of Body Centered