Christina M. Devereaux, PhD, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC

Associate Professor, Dance Movement Therapy
Department of Applied Psychology

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Highest Degree

PhD in Clinical Psych, Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology, The Santa Barbara Graduate Institute

Other Degrees & Credentials

MA, Dance Movement Therapy, University of California , Los Angeles (UCLA)


Christina Devereaux, PhD, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC serves as Associate Professor in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Antioch University New England where she formulated the first ever dance/movement therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders Study Group. In addition she is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute in the Department of Creative Arts Therapy and is on the faculty at Inspirees, a training program for dance/movement therapy in China. She is an international trainer for Dance Therapy New Zealand, providing monthly asynchronous online seminars for the establishment of the profession of dance/movement therapy in New Zealand. She has also served on the Adjunct Faculty at Drexel University, as a Thesis Chair at Naropa University, taught modern dance courses at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has guest lectured at New York University.

Christina received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology from The Santa Barbara Graduate Institute where her research emphasis was on mothers’ experiences in early interaction with their children who developed autism. She received her Master’s Degree in dance/movement therapy from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has extensive clinical experience with a variety of populations including children with severe emotional disturbance, autism spectrum disorders, physical disabilities, victims of abuse and neglect, families in crisis, adults with mental illness and dual diagnosis, and supporting healthy attachment for mother/infant dyads.

Christina is currently the co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy, and a Past President of the Southern California Chapter of the ADTA. She served as Spokesperson for the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA), on the Board of Directors, and on various committees including the Executive Committee, Past Public Relations Committee Chairperson, Past DTR Subcommittee Chairperson, past newsletter editor, and member of the Standards and Ethics Committee. In 2008, she was the recipient of the President’s Award from the American Dance Therapy Association for her outstanding contributions to the profession. Christina has presented nationally and internationally on topics such as the dance of attachment relationships, dance/movement therapy with autism, trauma and the body, and clinical writing. Christina has published articles in the American Journal of Dance Therapy and the Journal of Dance Education and has authored book chapters about dance/movement therapy and autism and with attachment problems. She was featured on CCTV, the largest television station in China focusing on dance/movement therapy and autism and has been featured in numerous media publications and radio shows. She has a blog with Psychology Today “Meaning in motion: Dancing with the mind in mind.”

Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand. Chinese Proverb
The heart of my teaching philosophy centers on these concepts reflected in the above Chinese Proverb.

Quite simply, I believe that an effective educator provides students with attentive guidance through an embodied and experiential learning process that supports multiple learning styles and inspires independent creative capability in every student. Alma Hawkins believed that there is an inherent talent and creativity residing within each individual, waiting only to be guided and untapped. I view myself as this guide.