UF's Center for Arts in Medicine is pleased to welcome Heather Spooner, MA, ATR-BC, as an Assistant Scholar in Arts in Medicine. Heather is an artist, art therapist and arts in medicine advocate with nearly 15 years’ experience in the arts and health field. Heather has applied the arts to health in a variety of settings including medical art therapy, museum education, community outreach, and residential substance abuse.
Prior to joining the Center for Arts in Medicine, Heather taught art therapy at the undergraduate level and spearheaded the formation of a statewide arts and health organization, Arts for Health Florida. Heather joined the University of Florida in July 2014 as an Assistant Scholar and instructor in the Center’s graduate programs. Heather works in a dual capacity with the Center for Arts in Medicine and the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center. With the VA, Heather works as an art therapist in the Rural Veterans’ Telerehabilitation Program, providing telehealth-based art therapy services to veterans in rural communities. Heather is a frequent speaker on topics related to arts and health whose recent presentations include the relationship of neuroscience and the arts, the arts in pediatric healthcare and how to unify various arts and health professionals.