The George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program 

The IATRD is in its preliminary phase of development.  Later this year, qualified individuals will be able to request a user name for access to the database collections. 

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Welcome to the International Art Therapy Research Database (IATRD)

The IATRD is a service provided to the art therapy community sponsored by the George Washington University, as a tool to inform practice and facilitate research. As originally conceived by Linda Gantt, PhD, ATR-BC in 1992, the IATRD is intended to provide a resource of artwork done by members of particular social, national and/or diagnostic groups, with comments from the artists/clients and art therapists, supplemented with de-identified demographic and diagnostic data.

Presently, the IATRD archives are under development.  At this stage, we are seeking Contributing Researchers who are interested in adding their data to the IATRD.  For more information, please contact Dr. Donna Betts.

If you are a student or graduate program interested in accessing the IATRD, please check back here for future updates -- soon, information on subscriptions to access and use the IATRD will be made available.  

Art therapists use different methods for assessing, evaluating, and/or getting to know their clients. These methods are categorized into three main collections for the purpose of the IATRD, as follows: 

Standardized Assessments: Assessments used in art therapy practice and research that have demonstrated concerted effort toward establishing validity and reliability, for purposes of evaluation and/or treatment planning;

Standardized Techniques: Techniques used in art therapy practice and research that are standardized but have yet to establish solid validity and reliability, that are used to better understand clients’ abilities, provide some evaluative information about clients, and/or as a tool in the treatment planning process;

Non-Standardized Artwork: Any artwork created either in clinical practice or as part of a research study, directed or non-directed, that does not qualify as a Standardized Technique.  

The IATRD provides the following services:

1) Data Collection & Storage: The IATRD is an archive that provides a mechanism for the ongoing addition of both control (normative) artwork and art therapy client artwork, and supporting data.

2) Data Accessibility: The IATRD makes data derived from assessments used in art therapy available to subscribers. The data exists in both quantitative (formal elements ratings, demographic and diagnostic data) and qualitative (comments from artists/clients and/or art therapists) formats. This enables comparison of client and/or non-client artwork and supporting data, and further delineation of any similarities or differences on a larger scale than has been previously possible. The IATRD also provides a useful means of conducting studies of art making across age spans, cultures, and other variables.

3) Training & Data Entry: The IATRD will provide training services on proper rating of some of the assessments stored in its archives, beginning with the Person Picking an Apple From a Tree (PPAT) assessment (Gantt, 1990). Following completion of training, researchers who demonstrate their capacity to use the FEATS (Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale) (Gantt & Tabone, 1998) with an acceptable level of inter-rater reliability will be permitted to upload their ratings of the PPAT drawings they have collected. Demographic data (age, gender, education, ethnic group, artistic background) and qualitative data (participant responses to artwork) will also be uploaded. Unique identifier numbers will allow for later ratings on other drawings by the same person to be added to the database.