Mikel Moss is a current Ph.D. candidate in Global Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, a recent Masters of Arts in Education in Clinical Psychology degree (minors in Global Mental Health and Trauma, Community Psychology, and Research Methods) from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a former Alternative Training Student in Drama Therapy and Counseling Psychology through the North American Drama Therapy Association. His focus is on the development of “Gold Standard”, mixed-method drama therapeutic techniques, and researching the best practices for healing and care with ‘colonized Other’ communities (communities that are adversely affected by European colonization). He is currently developing and researching a new drama therapy approach utilizing Sanford Meisner’s repetition exercise focusing specifically on youth from ‘colonized Other’ communities, and developing a validated and reliable tool to enable better engagement in drama therapy normed on youth from ‘colonized Other’communities that assess engagement with performance in everyday life as a precursor to engagement with drama therapeutic interventions. Mikel is passionate about creating space for arts therapies research in the broader psychological community and looks forward to providing his perspectives on arts in psychology and diversity in psychology to the conversations in this program.

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