Our Staff

Margaret Carlock-Russo Ed.D., LCAT(NY), ATR-BC

President

 

Dr. Carlock-Russo, an art therapist for over 24 years, has worked with individuals with special needs for much of her career. She has experience as a teacher, clinical art therapist and assistant school principal. Currently, she is working as the art therapist at Splendido at Rancho Vistoso, a life plan community in Oro Valley, AZ., building their first art therapy program for adults experiencing cognitive and physical decline and their families. 


Originally from New York, Dr. Carlock-Russo has worked in many environments including sub-acute care, special education, community outreach, residential care, and most recently in private practice with individuals and groups experiencing developmental, cognitive, social-emotional, physical, emotional, or behavioral concerns. For many years, she was an adjunct faculty member and program director of the Graduate Creative Arts Therapy Program at Hofstra University. Her research focuses on social-emotional development, integration of art therapy within the public school environment, and the efficacy of art therapy with adults with dementia. She actively engages in art therapy advocacy at the state and national levels and provides consultation, workshops, and presentations internationally. 


Dr. Carlock-Russo is the current president of the Arizona Art Therapy Association and president-elect of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Art Therapy Association, member of Education Standards Revision Task Force, and speaker of the Assembly of Chapters. She is also a past president of the New York Art Therapy Association.

Xingyi (Lorraine) Li M.A., ATR  /Sing-ee Lee/

Recreational Therapist

 

Xingyi Li has work experience in different settings, such as inpatient and outpatient mental health units for children, adolescents, and adults, NYC district 75 elementary schools, museum and community outreach. She works extensively with people with special needs such as ASD and cerebral palsy, and people with mental dysfunctional issues. She specializes in designing interventions to meet needs of diverse populations and leads groups and individual sessions to address issues and promote cognitive, emotional, social and behavioral abilities. Furthermore, she participated in the Very Special Arts (VSA) educational program, Communiversity of Inclusive Play and Queens Library program. She was an ArtAccess Educator at the Queens Museum. 

 

Xingyi graduated with distinction from Hofstra University with a Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy and earned her Advanced Certificate in Play Therapy from Brooklyn College, CUNY. In addition, she published her thesis, Treating Complex Trauma with Art Therapy from a Neurobiological Viewpoint, in 2015. 

 

Xingyi volunteered at the 2015 USSEA Regional Conference and curated Young People Voices exhibition, and at Expressive Therapies Summit. She speaks Cantonese and Mandarin. 
 

Our Education Consultants

Diane Bezucha M.A. in Art, Education & Community Practice

Cheryl Fricchione M.S. in Mathematics Learning and Teaching

Deanna Richardson M.A. in Teaching - Social Studies, Master's in Educational Leadership

Ashraf Shady Ph.D. in Urban Science Education, M.S. in Solid State Science

 

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