D. Michele Ellis-Thomas
Sam Houston State University, B.F.A.
Drexel Hahnemann Medical and Graduate University, M.F.A.
Philadelphia Osteopathic School of Medicine
Hall of Fine Arts, office number 306B
Email: [email protected]
Teaching Area: Art Therapy
D.Michele Ellis-Thomas joined the art faculty of West Liberty University in August of 2011. Prior to 2011, she was an Adjunct Instructor at Moore College of Art and Design, Adjunct at Hahnemann University, after receiving her Master of Creative Arts in Therapy (MCAT) degree from Drexel Hahnemann Medical and Graduate University in 1985. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a double major in Art/Education minor in 1971 from Sam Houston State University. Prior to this, she studied art at the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, GTO,Mexico.
Following receipt of her MCAT degree, she maintained private practice in Houston, Texas, presented Art Psychotherapy on the University of Houston Radio (88.7 FM), Galveston, TX, September 1988. “Pictures Show More Than an Artist May Imagine”., Galveston Daily News, Front Page, July 1988. , Presented on “Separation Anxiety in Children”, Good Morning Houston, Channel 13, guest appearance with Dr. Jerome N. Sherman (President of ASSECT and Board of Texas State of Psychological Examiners), September 1986.
Her Master’s of Science in Forensic Medicine (MS in Forensic Medicine) was awarded by Philadelphia Osteopathic School of Medicine in 2010. She interned at Jefferson Medical College in Pathology, assisting in the conduction of Autopsies, Natchitoches Medical Center in Emergency Room, Natchitoches, LA, Smith County Sheriff’s Dept in Homicide. She has additional credits from University of St Matthews Medical School in Grand Cayman, St. Joseph College in Maine in Hospital Administration as a dual degree while at St. Matthews, University of Texas at Tyler (Anthropology), and currently working toward Masters of Liberal Studies at Rice University.
She has been a member of Texas State Teachers Art Association (TSTA), National Art Teachers Association( NATA), is currently a Registered Art Therapist through the Credentialing Board of Art Therapists (ATR). At Rice University in Houston, Texas, she reviewed undergraduate applicants for undergraduate admissions. Publications include: Entertainment Guide Magazine, Art Gallery, Theatre Reviews, Art/Theatre Critic and Editor, Reviews, 1999-2002. Art Critic Review/ Editor. ,”Going to the Dogs and It’s the Cat’s Meow.” Submissions for publication for local newspapers, 2002-2003., National Poet Society- Nominated for Poet of the Year 2005. “Cotton Thoughts”. She has previously lived in Belize, Central America, Mexico, and traveled throughout Europe.
Assistant Professor D. Michele Ellis-Thomas now teaches courses in Art Therapy. Research interests involved the studying the Psychological Implications in Mayan Hieroglyphs, and additional various areas attributed the utilization of Art Therapy.