Julia is a licensed art therapist and clinical supervisor, with over 25 years of experience working in psychiatric healthcare, academic and community arts settings. Julia has presented both locally and nationally on the benefits of art therapy, and has an active fine art practice.
A Baltimore native, Julia received her BFA from MICA, which informs her art therapy approach, and earned her MA from The George Washington University in 1995. Julia’s clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults and families experiencing mental health crises within inpatient and partial hospitalization programs, as well as providing direct support through community arts programming.
Julia created the Love Your Tree community arts program to promote positive body image for middle and high school students, inspired by global activist, Eve Ensler and implemented through Sheppard Pratt Hospital’s outreach programming. Dedicated to providing access to community-based art therapy, Julia coordinates a group called Art for Life, specifically for survivors of suicide using the healing aspects of art making to transform grief.
Julia’s teaching experience includes both undergraduate and graduate courses at Towson University within the Family Studies Department and Art Education Department, as well as through The George Washington University’s Graduate Art Therapy Program. Julia joined Notre Dame University as an Associate Faculty in 2018 and became Program Director in 2020. She teaches the following graduate program courses: History and Theory of Art Therapy, Process, Group, Family Art Therapy, as well as Creative Materials and Techniques of Art Therapy