Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC, Certified Forest Therapy Guide (she/her)

Erin Patridge

Adjunct faculty, art therapy
PhD, ATR-BC; artist and board certified, registered art therapist


AT 594 Art Therapy Capstone, AT 535 Research Methods and Evaluation, AT 537 Art Therapy Research

Researches and specializes in:

Older adults, technology, communication, art-based research, studio practice, nature/eco art

Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC is an artist and board certified, registered art therapist. Erin received a BFA, studying fine art, psychology and women’s studies in at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She went onto obtain a MA in art therapy from New York University in 2008, and a PhD in art therapy from Notre Dame de Namur in 2016. Erin is also a Certified Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.

Erin’s teaching and lecturing experience includes teaching at Notre Dame de Namur and Dominican University of California in the art therapy departments, guest lectures in art and counseling programs, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, workshop facilitation at national and international conferences, and interviews with media about art therapy. Her clinical experience includes work in community, pediatric, forensic, and geriatric settings and she is published in the areas of art therapy, elder care, gender, research methods, professional development, and technology. She currently works as the Experiential Researcher-in-Residence for Elder Care Alliance. Her research interests incorporate the lived experience and focus on participatory, ethnographic, and art-based approaches. Her first book, Art therapy with older adults: Connected and empowered was published February 2019. Her second book, Getting On in the Creative Arts Therapies published in 2021, focuses on career trajectories in all the creative arts therapies disciplines. It includes practices designed to stimulate creative thinking about professional development. Erin creates mixed-media art, keeps art journals, and is active in the Graphic Medicine international community.


Partridge, E. E. (2021). Bracketing the Researcher: Art Journal as Research Document. In V. Huet & L. Kapitan (Eds.), International Advances in Art Therapy Research and Practice: The Emerging Picture (pp. 88–94). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Partridge, E. (2021). Getting on in the Creative Arts Therapies: A Hands-On Guide to Personal and Professional Development. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Partridge, E. E. (2020). The pre-research sketchbook: A tool to guide future inquiry. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.

Partridge, E., & Jordan, R. (2020). Creative practices in the workplace. Senior Housing & Care Journal, 28(1).

Ostrowski, A., DiPaola, D., Partridge, E., Park, H. W., & Breazeal, C. (2019). Older Adults Living With Social Robots: Promoting Social Connectedness in Long-Term Communities. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, PP, 1–1.

Partridge, E. E. (2019). Dismantling the gender binary in elder care: Creativity instead of craft. In S. Hogan (Ed.), Gender and difference in the arts therapies: Inscribed on the body (pp. 196–206). New York, NY: Routledge.

Partridge, E. (2019). Art therapy with older adults: Connected and empowered. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Hewlett Packard. (2016). Dr. Erin Partridge: Sprout by HP Offers New Possibilities. (Case Study No. 4AA6-8503ENW). Retrieved from

Partridge, E. (2016). Access to art and materials: Considerations for art therapists. Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal, 29(2), 100-104. DOI: 10.1080/08322473.2016.1252996

Partridge, E. (2011a). Mix It Up! Paint, Collage, & Found Objects [DVD]. Interweave.

Partridge, E. (2011b, January). Inked Stitches: Mixing Needle Felting And Drawing. Cloth Paper Scissors.