Lariza Fenner, M.S. Chicago Campus

Lariza Fenner, M.S., ATR, MAT
Core Faculty, M.A. in Counseling: Art Therapy Program

I am a member of the Core Faculty at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, where I teach excellence in the areas of Art Therapy Research, Assessment and Art Therapy Interventions for the Treatment of Trauma. Currently, I am involved in research on the inter-rater reliability research of an art-based assessment commonly used in the field. 

I am a co-primary investigator for a collaborative social service project that aims to reduce gun violence through the use of creative expression in the Englewood community of south Chicago. My contributions to this project include formulating program goals, creating curriculum, designing evaluation procedures, supervising art therapy interns and facilitating group process. In addition, I regularly instruct and present for the Crisis Prevention Institute.

As the GAC chair, I have been awarded a grant through IATA that will help the organization conduct a survey of its members and inquire more about how art therapists practice throughout the state of Illinois. In my free time, I enjoy engaging in the ceramic arts and am an avid Jiu Jitsu practitioner.

Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4325) if you have questions or would like more information about me.


  • M.S., Art Education, Specializing in Art Therapy, Florida State University
  • B.A., Psychology, Queens College

Professional Memberships

  • American Art Therapy Association
  • Illinois Art Therapy Association
  • LillStreet Art Studio
  • Art Therapy Credentials Board
  • Chicago Public Radio

Select Publications

  • Fenner, L., and Gussak, D. (2006). Therapeutic boundaries in a prison setting: A dialogue between an intern and her supervisor. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 33, 414-421.