Gail Roy, ATR-BC Chicago Campus

Gail Roy, M.A., ATR-BC, LCPC
Core Faculty, M.A. in Counseling: Art Therapy Program

My area of specialization is art therapy. Though it was difficult to leave my position in the community as a child art therapist, I told the children that I was now going to teach adults to do what I am doing so more people can use art therapy as a means of healing. Guiding the next generation to excellence in the field is exciting.

I believe students learn best in an atmosphere of respect and acceptance. I enjoy incorporating educational and popular videos to bring visual impact to the topic at hand, and I always provide handouts and information in addition to required readings. Part of the students’ education in this discipline is to develop self-awareness, especially in light of their future therapeutic work. My hope for students is that they become lifelong learners, members of professional organizations, and future leaders in the field.

Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4322) if you have questions or would like more information about me.


  • Postgraduate Certificate, Clinical Practice with LGBT Individuals and Families, Chicago Training Collaborative, 2005
  • M.A., Art Therapy, University of Illinois, 1991
  • B.A., Art Education, St. Xavier University, 1985


  • Illinois Certified Teacher, Type 09,10
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
  • Registered Board Certified Art Therapist

Professional Memberships

  • American Art Therapy Association
  • Illinois Art Therapy Association
  • Illinois Counselors Association

Select Publications

  • (2000). Clinical work noted in H. Wadeson, Art therapy practice, New York, NY: Wiley & Sons.
  • (1990). Artwork published in Red Shoes Review.
  • (1987). Reviewer for Art Education Review.

Select Presentations

  • Put Down Your Guns, Pick Up Your Paintbrushes, American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference, November 2010
  • Incorporating Art Making in a Community Gun Violence Program, Northeastern University Art in Response to Violence Conference, September 2010
  • Put Down Your Guns, Illinois Art Therapy Annual Conference, January 2010; repeated at the Adler School, March 2010


  • Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Iillinois-Chicago
  • Smith Scholarship, School of the Art Institute, 1985
  • Pullman Scholarship, 1984