Amy Bucciarelli, MS, ATR-BC, LMHC is a lecturer with the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine in the College for Fine Arts and a clinical Art Therapist practicing in Pediatrics with the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine Program. Amy supports the Center for Arts in Medicine through research efforts and lecturing about the arts therapies and arts in medicine. Amy also teaches courses at UF on creativity and innovation.
Amy received a BA in Religious Studies from Stetson University and a MS in Art Therapy from Florida State University. Her experience includes clinical work utilizing art therapy and spirituality in populations with substance abuse issues, eating disorders, psychiatric diagnoses, and behavioral issues. She has a particular focus in child and adolescent mental health care. Amy comes to the College of Fine Arts after working as a program administrator and grant writer for the University of Florida Streetlight Program, a palliative care program for adolescents and young adults. She has published works and presented at national conferences on topics such as: art therapy assessments, mandalas in art therapy, the therapeutic use of hand papermaking, and the integration of arts therapies in arts in health programs.
Amy is a member of the American Art Therapy Association and the Society for Arts in Healthcare. She sits on the Executive Board for the Florida Art Therapy Association. She is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Amy is a member of the UF SEA Change committee dedicated to integrating Science, Engineering, and the Arts as a way to promote innovative ideas and enhance the campus intellectual environment through research, teaching, and service.