Girija Kaimal, EdD, ATR-BC
Art Therapist

Girija joined Drexel University in 2013 and has been a principal investigator for evaluation research on several longitudinal studies

Kaimal’s research aims to understand the implications of autobiographical narratives and creative self-expression especially among underrepresented and vulnerable populations.  Kaimal leads a multi-year evaluation study on leadership development funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Lehigh University.  She is also principal investigator on a research collaboration with the NEA Military Healing Arts Partnership and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Most recently she completed two research studies on the links between neuroendocrine health and creative visual self-expression, and, differences in brain activation based on drawing tasks.  Kaimal was the recipient of the Drexel University Career Development Award in 2014 and the American Art Therapy Association Research Award in 2015.