Dr. Girija Kaimal is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Arts Therapies doctoral program at Drexel University. Research in her lab (Health, Arts, Learning and Evaluation: HALE) examines physiological and psychological outcomes of creative self-expression including neuroendocrine markers and, differences in brain activation based on drawing tasks. She is a principal investigator on a research collaboration with the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Military Healing Arts Partnership and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and, an NEA Research Labs study examining arts-based approaches to chronic stress. She has been principal investigator for evaluation research on several longitudinal studies on leadership development, teacher incentives and caregiver stress including those funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, The School District of Philadelphia, Lehigh University, Drexel University, Oxfam America, Foundation for Spirituality and Medicine and Medicine and Temple University.
Other prior research experiences include secondary analyses of qualitative data from a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) longitudinal study of depression in families and a multi-disciplinary study at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/ University of Pennsylvania on genetic testing for hearing loss. She is a practicing visual artist and published poet and her work explores the intersection of transnational identity and sustainable artistic practices (www.girijakaimal.com; http://girijakaimal.blogspot.com). Dr. Kaimal holds a Doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Master of Arts in Art Therapy from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts in Design from the National Institute of Design in India.