About Dr. Barbara Bagan

Biographical Information

Barbara Bagan, Ph. D., ATR-BC, is a registered and a board certified art therapist and a certified expressive arts therapist. Dr. Bagan holds a master’s degree in art therapy, a doctorate in psychology, and completed a graduate certificate in gerontology from Arizona State University. She has studied depth psychology at the C.G. Jung Institute in Switzerland and completed certification in Switzerland as a certified sandplay therapist with the International Society of Sandplay Therapists (ISST). She is a teaching/clinical member of the Sandplay Therapists of America (STA), and a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant /Educator (R.E.A.C.E.) with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.

Dr. Bagan has worked for over 25 years as an art therapist, a counselor, university adjunct professor, program coordinator, workshop leader, and consultant. Dr. Bagan has designed, developed and conducted programs in the Phoenix, Arizona area in geriatric centers, hospitals and rehab, universities and schools.

Art of Barbara Bagan

The Art of
Barbara Bagan

As a working artist, Dr. Bagan paints, exhibits her artwork, and organizes art shows. View more of the art of Barbara Bagan.


Dr. Bagan is the author of Draw from Within: A Workbook for Self-Expression & Self-Discovery; a book of poetry, Celtic Memories, Dreams, & Reflections; and has contributed two chapters to Sex Addiction: Case Studies and Management.

Program Information

Dr. Barbara BaganDr. Bagan creates and conducts holistic, person-centered care programs for individuals of all ages that provide meaningful and pleasurable activities to enhance the quality of life. The program experiences are not simply arts and crafts sessions but groundbreaking therapeutic art interventions based on the latest research. Continuing to research and seek out significant activities to meet the needs of older adults and their caregivers, her goal is to help individuals express themselves, interact socially, and communicate, both verbally and nonverbally. (See Art for Elders for more benefits.)

She designs and implements innovative programs intended for individuals, professionals, paraprofessionals, caregivers, and family members. Therapeutic art interventions can be used with individuals and small groups as well as designed for specific facilities and their particular requirements. Dr. Bagan is available for consultation, contract work, in-services, and on-site trainings as well as individual and focused small group sessions.

Writings and In the News

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Society on Aging
  • The National Center for Creative Aging
  • American Art Therapy Association
  • The International Expressive Arts Therapist Association
  • The International Society for Sandplay Therapists
  • The Sandplay Therapists of America
  • Member of the Scottsdale Artist League
  • Juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance
  • Registered Expressive Arts Consultant and Educator (R.E.A.CE.) with the International Expressive Art Therapy Association (I.E.A.T.A.)

Works and words from others


Soul CollageOne of Dr. Bagan's students created and gave her a Soul Collage: "A Soul Card Collage of Barbara Bagan created by Susan Rowland."

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"Why Should I Care
About Elder Abuse"

Elder Abuse

View a painting from Lauren Prochelo, Barbara Bagan's granddaughter.


"Barbara is a gentle yet enthusiastic teacher of ways to support people's lives through expressing oneself artistically. I took her training at the Banner Alzheimer's Institute that she designed, called "With Art in Mind". I am grateful for her clear vision about how wellness can be achieved through musical, creative movement, and artistic opportunities, and apply these approaches to those I care for with dementia. Thank you Barbara for your important work that affects many positively." -Tryn Rose