Laura Downey, Master of Arts (MA), Dance/Movement Therapy, Columbia College Chicago, Illinois; Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL-CMA), Columbia College Chicago, Illinois; Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), American Dance Therapy Association; Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Department of Professional Regulation, State of Illinois. She is currently completing her dissertation on empathic reflection for a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Education and Supervision with Argosy University.
Laura is an adjunct faculty member as well as Assessment and Research Coordinator in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies. She is the chair of the Departmental Thesis Committee, is a thesis advisor and teaches research and thesis related courses in the department. Laura consulted as the External Evaluator and led Making Connections Workshops for the Columbia College Chicago Campus Suicide Prevention Program and she continues her work in suicidology through the Shannon Hardy Making Connections Program housed in DCAT. Laura also developed the DCAT community outreach program creating outreach, internship and job opportunities in a variety of community settings. She also collaborates with other faculty members to teach courses in embodiment at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Rush Medical School.
Laura is the chair of the Research Sub-Committee of the American Dance Therapy Association where she serves as the Coordinator of the Research and Thesis Poster Session at the annual conference. Laura has worked as a dance/movement therapist in both inpatient and outpatient units at a behavioral health hospital with individuals of all ages. She has also worked as a dance/movement therapist in a rehabilitation program for adults with traumatic brain injury as well as with veterans through the VetCAT Program in partnership with Albany Park Community Center and School of the Art Institute Chicago. Laura utilizes her movement observation skills and principles of dance/movement therapy in teaching creative movement and classical dance to children, adolescents and adults in the community.