Selected Research Articles

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Breiner, M. J., Tuomisto, L., Bouyea, E., Gussak, D. E. & Aufderheide, D. (2011). Creating an art therapy anger management protocol for male inmates through a collaborative relationship.

This article continues the prison studies; it provides an overview of art therapy in prison, the cognitive-behavioral approach to anger management with prison inmates, and how art therapy was used to support this approach.

Gussak, D. (2009). Comparing the effectiveness of art therapy on Depression and Locus of Control of male and —-female  inmates. The Arts in Psychotherapy.
This article continues the prison studies. Building on the data collected for the men and women’s study from “building the base” article, this one compares the results evaluating the effectiveness of art therapy on depression and locus of control with a men’s population to a women’s prison population the effectiveness of art therapy in prisons.

Gussak, D. (2009). The effects of art therapy on male and female inmates: Advancing the research base. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 36(1), 5-12.

This article presents a continuation of the prison studies, evaluating the effectiveness of art therapy in prisons. This article focuses on the benefits of art therapy on depression and locus of control, in both a men and women’s facility.

Gussak, D. (2007). Apt-терапия B системе американскйx тюрeм [Art therapy in the American prison system]. Исчeпяюwee  Искусство: Международный журнал apt-терапий [The Healing Arts: International Journal-Russian Art Therapy Association], 10(2), 39-59.


This article was initially a book chapter translated into Russian for the Russian Art Therapy Association International Journal presents art therapy in the U.S. prison system, outlining the specific benefits of art therapy in the correctional system. This article includes case vignettes and a summary of current research.


Gussak, D. (2007). The effectiveness of art therapy in reducing depression in prison populations. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 5(4), 444-460.

This article presents a comprehensive overview of two studies in a prison setting on the use of art therapy interventions to effect change in adult male inmates’ mood and behavior.  This article establishes precedence and offers objective critique to the studies enacted.


Gussak, D. (2006). The effects of art therapy with prison inmates: A follow-up study. The Arts In Psychotherapy, 33, 188-198.


This article presents the follow-up to a research study in a prison setting on the use of art therapy interventions in a prison setting  to effect change in adult male inmates’ mood and behavior. This study utilized a pre-post test, control group design.

Gussak, D. (2004). Art therapy with prison inmates: A pilot study. The Arts In Psychotherapy, 31(4), 245-259.

This article presents a pilot research study in a prison setting on the use of art therapy interventions to effect change in adult male inmates’ mood and behavior.

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