Johanna Czamanski-Cohen, Ph.D., ATR LPC (AZ) holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and Health Sciences from Ben-Gurion University. She completed post-doctoral studies in the NCI R25T Cancer Prevention and Control training program at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Johanna is currently the co-PI with Dr. Karen Weihs at the University of Arizona, of the NIH funded, R01 REPAT study- Role of Emotional Processing in Art Therapy for Breast Cancer Palliative Care Patients: A Mechanistic Study.
Johanna began conducting research after a clinical career as an art therapist working with adults, mainly in Psychiatry. Her research is focused on understanding the salutary effects of art-making, particularly for individuals coping with an illness, such as cancer, or fertility challenges. Furthermore, Johanna is interested in the physiological effect of art-making and the relationship between the use of art for emotional processing and its ability to enhance physical and psychological health. Furthermore, Johanna is focused on developing research on the use of digital tools for art-making and their ability to reduce stress and enhance well being.