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Currently a student in the Master of Arts program in Art Therapy at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Development, Tamar Ackerman has dedicated her career to helping others through art. In 2011, Ackerman completed a Master’s thesis, addressing the art therapist’s role as a “maternal object of transference” among children experiencing attachment disorders. She expects to conclude her graduate work in January 2012. A visual artist, Tamar Ackerman is a recent recipient of a Bronfman Jewish Artist Fellowship, and is skilled in collage, painting, drawing, and clay modeling. Her work has been featured in art exhibitions such as “Einstein on Witherspoon Street: Expressions for Social Justice,” and at the Center for Jewish History. Ackerman has worked as a private art instructor for children, in addition to serving on the summer camp art staff at Camp Moshava in Pennsylvania. In the context of her graduate work, Tamar Ackerman has spent time as an art therapy intern at organizations including Kittay House, the Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center, and in June 2011, the Ittleson Center in New York. Prior to commencing her graduate education, Tamar Ackerman received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University, where she studied Jewish History and Psychology and graduated magna cum laude in 2008. While an undergraduate student at New York University, Tamar Ackerman served as a volunteer on the inpatient psychiatric units of Lenox Hill Hospital and the State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center. Proficient in Hebrew, Ackerman spent nine months in Jerusalem, Israel, volunteering with young adults experiencing developmental disabilities and blindness. More recently, she volunteered with survivors of sexual abuse, incest, and rape at the SOVRI Helpline, sponsored by Beth Israel Hospital. 

Work experience

Sep 2010Jun 2011

Art Therapy Intern

The Ittleson Center

Residential and Day Treatment Program for children who suffer a range of mood, behavioral, and psychotic disorders

Provided individual art therapy for seven children

Provided primary therapy for a 10-year-old boy using verbal, art, and play modalities

Organized and facilitated family sessions

Co-led photography and journalism groups

Co-led trauma-focused processing groups


Jan 2012

Master of Arts

New York University