Jessica Masino Drass
Jessica Masino Drass is a board-certified, registered art psychotherapist, an arts-based researcher, and a former high school art teacher. She has her BA in Fine Art from Rutgers University, MA in School Psychology from Rowan University, MA in Art Therapy from Drexel University, and is a PhD candidate and Research Fellow in the Creative Arts Therapy Department at Drexel University. Jessica is co-founder of Wise Mind Creations, a mobile art studio that specializes in using art making as a way to practice mindfulness and build community. Jessica has worked with Weight Watchers on the use of art for empowerment and self-discovery and has presented all over the country at conferences for the American Art Therapy Association, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and her clinical work focuses on treating trauma and dissociation. Jessica has published articles in Art Therapy: The Journal of the American Art Therapy Association on Using Art Therapy to Treat BPD, and her Punk Rock Art Therapy approach. Through her research work under Dr. Girija Kaimal, she has coordinated with partners at facilities such as the University of Pennsylvania, NICOE at Walter Reed Medical Center, Fort Belvior Community Hospital, and The National Endowment for the Arts for a variety of multi-site studies for project management as well as contributing to study manuscripts by integrating theory, clinical practice and research data.