Wendy Miller Ph.D., ATR-BC, REAT, LPC is a writer, sculptor, expressive arts therapist and educator. She has taught at JFK University, San Francisco State University, Southwestern College, Lesley College, California Institute of Integral Studies, and The George Washington University. She is the cofounder of Create Therapy Institute, which offers clinical services in arts-based psychotherapy and trainings in experiential approaches to learning. She is a founding member, and first elected (past) executive co-chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, where she continues to be on their Advisory Council.
Miller’s skills take her into the worlds of fine art, writing, psychology, expressive arts therapy and mind-body medicine. She has published on medical illness and the arts as complementary medicine, the use of sand tray therapy with internationally adopted children, experiential approaches to supervision in expressive arts therapy, and on the cultural responsibility of the arts in therapy. She continues to research the relationships among the arts, creativity and health.
Gene D. Cohen
Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D. is considered one of the founding fathers of the field of geriatric psychiatry. He was the first Director of the Center on Aging, Health & Humanities (established 1994) at The George Washington University, where he held the positions of Professor of Health Care Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry. He is a Past-President of the Gerontological Society of America. During 1991-1993, he served as Acting Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Before coming to NIA, Dr. Cohen served as the first Chief of the Center on Aging of the National Institute of Mental Health—the first federal center on mental health and aging established in any country. In addition, he also coordinated the Department of Health and Human Services’ planning and programs on Alzheimer’s disease, through the efforts of the Department’s Council and Panel on Alzheimer’s disease. For his recent research on Alzheimer’s disease, he was awarded First Place in the Blair Sadler International Healing Arts Competition from the Society for the Arts in Health care. He was founding director of the Washington, D.C. Center on Aging and past president of the Gerontological Society of America. He has appeared on Nightline, The MacNeil/Lehrer Report, and the CBS Nightly News, and has appeared in a series of public service messages on aging with George Burns and Steve Allen. He invented four intergenerational board games, one that was selected by an international art jury for a three-year museum tour.
He is the author of more than 150 publications in the field of aging, including The Brain in Human Aging, published by Springer Series on Life Style and Issues in Aging in 1988, the first book on creativity and aging, published in 2000 by Avon, The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second of Life. PBS did a one-hour TV program on The Creative Age, and it is published in six languages. In 2005, Basic Books published The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain.