Gail Roy, ATR-BC Chicago Campus

"I believe students learn best in an atmosphere of   
respect and acceptance." 
-Gail Roy, ATR-BC

"I believe students learn best in an atmosphere of
respect and acceptance."
-Gail Roy, ATR-BC

Gail Roy, M.A., ATR-BC, LCPC
Core Faculty, M.A. in Counseling: Art Therapy Program

My area of specialization is art therapy. Though it was difficult to leave my position in the community as a child art therapist, I told the children that I was now going to teach adults to do what I am doing so more people can use art therapy as a means of healing. Guiding the next generation to excellence in the field is exciting.

I believe students learn best in an atmosphere of respect and acceptance. I enjoy incorporating educational and popular videos to bring visual impact to the topic at hand, and I always provide handouts and information in addition to required readings. Part of the students’ education in this discipline is to develop self-awareness, especially in light of their future therapeutic work. My hope for students is that they become lifelong learners, members of professional organizations, and future leaders in the field.

Please email or call me (312.662.4322) if you have questions or would like more information about me.


  • Postgraduate Certificate, Clinical Practice with LGBT Individuals and Families, Chicago Training Collaborative, 2005
  • M.A., Art Therapy, University of Illinois, 1991
  • B.A., Art Education, St. Xavier University, 1985


  • Illinois Certified Teacher, Type 09,10
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
  • Registered Board Certified Art Therapist

Professional Memberships

  • American Art Therapy Association
  • Illinois Art Therapy Association
  • Illinois Counselors Association

Select Publications

  • (2000). Clinical work noted in H. Wadeson, Art therapy practice, New York, NY: Wiley & Sons.
  • (1990). Artwork published in Red Shoes Review.
  • (1987). Reviewer for Art Education Review.

Select Presentations

  • Put Down Your Guns, Pick Up Your Paintbrushes, American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference, November 2010
  • Incorporating Art Making in a Community Gun Violence Program, Northeastern University Art in Response to Violence Conference, September 2010
  • Put Down Your Guns, Illinois Art Therapy Annual Conference, January 2010; repeated at the Adler School, March 2010


  • Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Iillinois-Chicago
  • Smith Scholarship, School of the Art Institute, 1985
  • Pullman Scholarship, 1984