Dance/Movement Therapy Research & Practice Committee


The Research and Practice committee is dedicated to supporting the development of dance/movement therapy and the members of the ADTA. The committee is comprised of two groups: the research group, who focus on fostering and addressing issues in DMT research, and the practice group who focus on the professional identity of ADTA members.

The Research Group is involved in several on-going projects throughout the year. The Annual Research Award and the Annual Poster Session are two main events that are presented at the ADTA conference each year. To find out more about each, please click on the links.

The Practice Group is also involved in several emerging projects that support the professional development of dance/movement therapists. Some of their ongoing involvements include:

  • Facilitating the development of new areas of practice for dance/movement therapists
  • Developing the scope of practice with approval from the ADTA board of directors
  • Clarify the relationship of DMT to other therapeutic dance and somatic practices
  • Working with the Public Relations Committee to accurately represent dance/movement therapy areas of practice in all public relations materials

Finally, each year the committee hosts or presents a workshop, intensive or plenary session about some aspect of research that is of current interest to ADTA members. Please check the most recent ADTA conference brochure for our latest workshop!

Who We Are:
The Research Group

Research Group members are available for limited consultations at no charge to ADTA members to assist with questions around research topic development, design, procedures, presentation, publication, etc. Their areas of interest and expertise are listed below along with their contact information.

Cynthia Berrol, PhD, BC-DMT
Development of research ideas into a form appropriate for investigative research. Interpretation of statistical results, analysis of content in qualitative designs regarding discussion & implications. [email protected]

Karolina Bryl, PhD, R-DMT/DMP, CMA, RMST/E
Research methods: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. Research ethics. Research interests: (1) psychosocial intervention (e.g. creative arts therapies/dance/movement therapy) effectiveness in adults with mental illness, (2) nonverbal behavior and the body’s relevance to psychic processes, and (3) neuropsychoanalytic and developmental research.

Robyn Flaum Cruz, PhD, BC-DMT
Research methods both qualitative and quantitative; research design and all aspects of measurement and statistical analysis, including reliability, validity, univariate, bivariate and multivariate analysis, and classification techniques for quantitative data; also techniques for teaching research; reading and understanding published research. [email protected]

Cecilia Fontanesi, CMA, MS, MPhil
Quantitative research design and methods, including applications in neuroscience and human physiology. Special focus in Laban Movement Analysis. [email protected]

Kyung Soon Ko. Ph.D, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, LCPC, NCC
Developing research ideas; designing qualitative research including collecting and analyzing data; special interest in women’s issue, cultural sensitive DMT teaching and practice, movement-based supervision, Laban Movement Analysis. [email protected]

Tal Shafir, PhD, R-DMT
Quantitative research. Developing ideas into research. Research design. Neurophysiological mechanisms underlying movement-emotion interaction. [email protected]

Myung Shim, PhD, BC-DMT
Medical dance/movement therapy, non-pharmacological pain management, mind-body medicine and mindfulness-based interventions, neuro-resilience, well-aging, psychoneuroimmunology, mechanistic studies, theory and model-building, randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, phenomenological studies, grounded theory studies, mixed methods research

Jennifer Frank Tantia, PhD, BC-DMT, LCAT
Qualitative research methods; designing embodied approaches to research, including collecting and analyzing body-based data. Topic interests in trauma, clinical intuition, somatic countertransference, nonverbal communication in clinical practice and embodied pedagogy.

The Practice Group

Sharon Chaiklin: (Consultant to the Practice Group):
Area of expertise: examining one's own practice

Karla Karpowicz, MA, BC-DMT, LCAT
Private practice issues; advocacy; individual professional identity; group professional identity and field expansion; public outreach support; COVID-19 support; grief/disenfranchised grief; women’s issues; improving professional/field connection across creative arts therapies, mental health, and healing arts modalities.

Lauren Harrison, MA, R-DMT, LMHCA
Neurodiversity-affirming DMT, group work with children, private practice with children and adolescents, DMT in non-clinical settings.