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Dr. Ellen G. Horovitz, ATR-BC, LCAT, RYT-500, LFYP

Art Therapy Program Director/ Professor of Art Therapy
Phone: 585-389-2535
Office: C-252

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Dr. Horovitz is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and 7 books most notably The Art Therapists’ Primer: A Clinical Guide to Writing Assessments, Diagnosis and Treatment (2nd Edition),  Digital Image Transfer: Creating Art with Your Photography and her latest book Yoga Therapy: Theory And Practice (to be published by Routledge, April 2015) co-edited with Staffan Elgelid, PT, PhD, CFT, LMT from the Physical Therapy Department. (All of Dr. Horovitz's books can be found on her Amazon page. Dr. Horovitz has contributed copious manuscripts in books and peer-reviewed publications.  For a complete list of Dr. Horovitz's publications, click here. Dr. Horovitz was past President Elect of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and served as a board director for over 12 years. In addition to her training as an art therapist, she is a registered yoga teacher (RYT- through the Yoga Alliance) as well as a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapy), completed Level I Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training and is a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner. Dr. Horovitz teaches yoga at Nazareth College and offers Art Therapy and Yoga Therapy through the Creative Arts Therapy Clinic.  To learn more read this: Dr. Horovitz Interview.

Dr. Bryan Hunter, MT-BC, LCAT

Music Therapy Program Director/Professor/ Chair of Creative Arts Therapy Department
Phone: 585-389-2702
Office: C-237

Bryan Hunter

Dr. Hunter is Past-President of the National Association for Music Therapy, he helped lead the organization in a successful effort to unify with the American Association for Music Therapy, forming the American Music Therapy Association in 1998. In addition, Dr. Hunter is an adjunct professor in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he conducts music therapy clinical outcome research with physician, Dr. O.J. Sahler. Currently, he is implementing a national research award from the American Music Therapy Association to study the effects of music therapy in assisting patients to wean from mechanical ventilation. His research and consultations with Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, and Lifetime Care have resulted in the establishment of full time music therapy positions held currently held by Nazareth graduates. Dr. Hunter is also a member and past chair of the New York State Board for Mental Health Practitioners. In 2005 he was awarded the very first license as a Creative Arts Therapist by the State of New York. Dr. Hunter is currently working on a book on the History of Music Therapy and has had copious publications in books and peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Stephen Demanchick, LMHC, RPT, NCC
Phone: 585-389-2545
Office: C-248

Stephen Demanchick


Dr. Demanchick's clinical and research interests include play therapy, filial therapy, school-based prevention, and clinical supervision. Dr. Demanchick was awarded the American Association of Play Therapy Service Award for 2011. He was also appointed to co edit the "The Person-Centered Journal (PCJ),  the oldest continuously running person-centered peer reviewed publication in English and is sponsored by the Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach (ADPCA) to promote and disseminate scholarly thinking about person-centered principles, practices, and philosophy" ( As well, Dr. Demanchick has recently accepted the post as editor for International Journal of Play Therapy. Dr. Demanchick has published several book chapters, articles and book reviews. For a complete list of his publications click here.


Dr. Betsey King, LCAT, MT-BC

Associate Professor Music Therapy
Phone: 585-389-2724
Office: Music House -25

Betsey King

Dr. King began her music career as a violinist, studying with Dorothy DeLay at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Hunter is the co-founder of Prelude Music Therapy, Dr. King has created and authored songbooks, therapy materials, and instructional texts, and she is a frequent workshop leader and journal author. With Kathleen Coleman, she is the author of the SEMTAP: Special Education Music Therapy Assessment Process, an evaluation tool now in use across the country. Her book, Music Therapy: Another Path to Learning and Communication for Children in the Autism Spectrum is in its third printing with Future Horizons, Inc. Prior to coming to Nazareth, she served as assistant professor and head of the Music Therapy Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her current research interests focuses on the use of music therapy in adult-onset speech-language disorders.

Dr. Renee van der Vennet ,  ATR-BC, LCAT, LMHC, LPC, CGP

Assistant Professor of Art Therapy
Phone: 585-389-2538
Office: C-254

Renee van der Vennett

Dr. van der Vennet  has experience facilitating and co-facilitating individual and group counseling and therapy with diverse populations, both children and adults in crisis and trauma, dealing with sexual assault and domestic violence, people with psychiatric illnesses, and adults dealing with chemical dependency and grief issues.   She also works with people exploring personal growth. Most recently she worked at Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center as a Program Therapist providing individual and grief therapy for adults dealing with addiction issues. Her teaching experience includes the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the Jung Center.  Dr. van der Vennet worked as a Research Scientist in Chemistry  for Shell Oil Company prior to becoming a psychotherapist. Her recent publications have appeared in the American Journal of Art Therapy. Click here to learn more the publications. He research interests include the areas of secondary trauma, burnout, dreams, creativity, and art therapy. She is especially interested in outcome studies on the efficacy of art therapy.

Robin B. Shiffrin M.S. Ed., M.S. MFT, LMFT

Visiting Instructor in Art Therapy
Phone: 585-389-2477
Office: C-250

Robin Shiffrin

Robin B. Shiffrin is an assistant  professor and part time faculty member at Nazareth College and teaches CAT 526, Family Therapy and Counseling Techniques. Ms. Shiffrin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, also working with families through the Spencerport Family Support Center. She has a B.S. from Cornell University in Human Development and Family Studies, an M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and an second M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. A former educator, Ms. Shiffrin has over thirty years of experience working with children and families in varying capacities. Her private practice allows her to work with individuals, couples and families. A special focus for her is working with individuals and families around transitional issues. She has been involved in teaching parenting classes, and has co-authored a Jewish leader's guide to the teen parenting program: Please Stop the Rollercoaster: How Parents of Teenagers Can Smooth Out the Ride.   


Stella Stepney, MS,, ATR-BC, LCAT

Lecturer in Art Therapy
Phone: 585-389-2477
Office: C-250


Stella A. Stepney is an adjunct faculty member at Nazareth College. Ms. Stepney is a graduate of the Nazareth College Graduate Art Therapy Program and is a recipient of the "Award for Excellence in Art Therapy" from Nazareth College. She holds a New York State Teacher Certification in Art Education. Ms. Stepney is the author of Art Therapy with Students At Risk:: Fostering Resilience and Growth Through Self-Expression. Ms. Stepney practiced, as a primary therapist, at Crestwood Children's Center in Rochester, NY. She has extensive experience in using creative arts therapy with children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances, behavioral challenges, and mental disorders. Ms. Stepney developed the “Creative Art: Growth Through Self-Expression” visual arts program for children and adolescents of Sojourner House for Women in Rochester, NY. Ms. Stepney is a member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). She  currently serves  as a Director on American Art Therapy Association's Board of Directors. Ms. Stepney is a member of the American Counseling Association and two of its affiliate divisions, the Association for Creativity in Counseling and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. Ms. Stepney is a member of America’s Promise Alliance, 15 in 5 Campaign Network for dropout prevention.


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