Psychotherapy Services: Art Therapy & Music Therapy

Psychotherapy Services:

Art Therapy & Music Therapy

Creative Arts Therapy Research

Innovative Research: Current and Future Research Interests

Creative Art Therapists at New York Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital are committed to ongoing education in the fields of art therapy and music therapy and remain up-to-date with current treatment models and standards of practice. Our creative art therapists continue to establish and implement high quality research. We expect that our research studies will lead to further important contributions to the fields of clinical art therapy and music therapy practice and research, while continuing to distinguish the uniqueness of our fields, particularly within the area of the pediatric medical setting.

For more information on our research or if you are a clinician/researcher and are interested in collaborating on research, please contact our Creative Arts Therapists at:

Music Therapist - Gabriela Asch-Ortiz: [email protected]
Art Therapist - Susanne Bifano: [email protected]

Current Creative Arts Therapy Research

Effectiveness of Art Therapy Interventions for Adolescent Pain Management in the Pediatric Emergency Department

Study Investigators: Susanne M. Bifano, MPS, MSEd and Daniel S. Tsze, MD, MPH

A prospective observational pilot study enrolling a convenience sample of 50 patients 12 to 18 years of age, presenting with a painful condition and self-reported pain score of >3/10 to the pediatric ED.

This research is of great importance to the field of art therapy as it contributes to an increased understanding around the multiple dimensions of pain perception, while finding new ways to minimize exposure to opioids, and empower young adults to become active participants in their own treatment. Effective pain management interventions can encourage medical compliance and minimize severe psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression. This study provides safe, addiction-free, best practice to patients while reducing both short and long term consequences for adolescent pediatric patients by using evidenced-based art therapy interventions.