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Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker, ATR, moved to the National Capital Region to work for the Department of Defense after earning a Master’s in Art Therapy from NYU.  Melissa served as art therapist on Walter Reed’s inpatient psychiatric unit before transferring to the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE). There, Melissa developed and implemented the NICoE Healing Arts Program to explore the integration and research of the creative arts therapies for service members with traumatic brain injury and psychological health concerns. Melissa also acts as lead art therapist for Creative Forces: the NEA/Military Healing Arts Network — a collaboration aimed to expand arts access for the military population. Since its inception the NICoE's art therapy program has gained international recognition, including a National Geographic Magazine cover story and Melissa's TEDMED talk featured as TED's "talk of the day.”  https://www.facebook.com/MicMedia/videos/1446732518682867/?pnref=story