Amy Bucciarelli, MS, ATR-BC, LMHC is Faculty with the Center for Arts in Medicine teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in arts in health. She also coordinates the UF Creative Engagement initiatives sponsored by the UF Provost and UF College of the Arts. Amy has over ten years of experience as a board-certified art therapist and licensed mental health counselor. She has worked with Arts in Medicine since 2012.
Amy’s clinical work and research focuses on child and adolescent mental health utilizing art therapy in populations with substance abuse issues, eating disorders, psychiatric diagnoses, behavioral issues, medical issues, and palliative care. Amy has been invited to publish works and present at international conferences on topics such as: art therapy assessments, mandalas in art therapy, the therapeutic use of hand papermaking, technology and art therapy, and the collaboration of arts therapies and arts in medicine programs. Additionally, Amy has taught creativity, design thinking, and innovation for the UF Innovation Academy since 2013.
Overall, Amy’s teaching and clinical work evolves from the belief that creativity is a lifestyle that promotes personal balance and wellbeing. Her greatest tip for people embarking on careers in arts in health is to approach the fields with an entrepreneurial spirit and use our greatest strength: creativity!