Catherine Barrington, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

Catherine Barrington, Ph.D., ATR-BC, CT
Core Faculty, M.A. in Counseling: Art Therapy

I am a learner and a teacher; I consider both to be dynamic and continuous pursuits. I am curious about the world and am open to new experiences and information. I value diversity and advocate for tolerance, respect, and social justice. And I truly believe that students are the future. Therefore, I encourage them to become involved, using their knowledge, skills, and talents to strengthen their communities as they become teachers and continue to learn. Each generation influences the next to carry on our work.

Adler University's vision is aligned with my personal principles and teaching philosophy. I am a lifelong learner who believes in inspiring and helping others as I advocate for social justice.

Please email or call me (312.662.4324) if you have questions or would like more information about me.


  • Ph.D., Art Education/Art Therapy, Florida State University
  • M.A., Art Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • B.A., Art, Illinois State University


  • Registered Art Therapist
  • Certified Thanatologist
  • Certificate of Aging Studies

Professional Memberships

  • American Art Therapy Association
  • Association for Death Education and Counseling
  • Illinois Art Therapy Association
  • National Art Education Association
  • National Council on Aging

Select Publications

  • Barrington, K., (2010). Older adults and creative expression. In K. K. Hallmark, T. Anderson, D. Gussak, & A. Paul (Eds.), Art education for social justice (pp. 91–96). Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.

Select Presentations

  • Aging in America, National Council on Aging, March 2010
  • Art Therapy and Older Adults in Hospice, International Art Therapy Conference, LaSalle College, January 2010
  • Creative Expression and Older Adults in Hospice, Art Therapy Workshop, Mothers of Exceptional Children, March 2009
  • Art Therapy Workshop, Victims of Sexual Abuse, March 2009
  • Art Therapy Workshop, Victims of Domestic Violence, March 2009


  • Finalist for Outstanding Teachers Assistant Award, Florida State University, 2006
  • Beecroft Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin-Superior, to study family systems in Southeast Asia, 2004