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Dance/Movement Therapy Research Subcommittee

Research Subcommittee


The Research Subcommittee is one of three working teams within the Education, Research and Practice Committee. Its mission is to promote research in the field of dance/movement therapy in several ways:

    •       Making research related resources as available as possible.

    •       Assisting ADTA members with their research through consultation around     research questions, designs, methods, etc.

The Research Webpages

As part of its mission the Subcommittee creates and maintains these research webpages. Members and visitors will find a description of the Subcommittees annual and ongoing functions, an educational page about Effectiveness Studies and various Research Resources to support researchers in the field of dance/movement therapy. These resources include information about multiple research methods, writing and publication guides, and bibliographies on many special topics of interest to dance/movement therapists.

Research Assistance

Limited consultation with Research Subcommittee members is available 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 in the sidebar to the right along with their contact information.

Research Award

Presented annually to the author(s) of a published research article selected for recognition by the ADTA Research Sub-Committee of the Education, Research and Practice Committee.     

            Criteria for selection:

            The article must be published in a peer reviewed journal.

            The article must have dance/movement therapy as a keyword descriptor.

            The article will advance the body of knowledge in the field of DMT.

            The article will demonstrate an understanding and application of research                                       design and methodology.


Award recipients and their articles will be acknowledged on the ADTA website 

and presented with the award at the Business Meeting during the annual ADTA conference.


Previous recipients:

Koch, S. (2014). Rhythm is it: effects of dynamic body feedback on affect and attitudes. Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 5. Article 537. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00537

Questions or nominations may be sent to Robyn Cruz, Research Award Coordinator at


Research Poster Session

The ADTA Research Sub-committee hosts an annual Research & Thesis Project Poster Session. Qualifying posters are presented by the authors at the conference with time for viewing and discussion among conference attendees. Details of submission process, poster content and form are posted here and in 

the ADTA newsletter before the deadline. The Research Subcommittee will submit a selection of abstracts for publication in the American Journal of Dance Therapy.

Questions about the Poster Session may be sent to Sondra Malling, Poster Session Coordinator, at

Annual Conference Presentations on Research

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. 

Questions about the Research Subcommittee? Interested in serving on the committee? Contact Jennifer Tantia, at 

Research Subcommittee 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.

Jennifer Frank Tantia, PhD, BC-DMT, LCAT, Subcommittee Chair

Qualitative research methods; designing embodied approaches to research, including collecting and analyzing body-based data; trauma, clinical intuition, somatic countertransference, nonverbal communication in clinical practice, embodied pedagogy.

Emma Barton, MA, BC-DMT

Evaluation Research, program design and implementation, action/participatory research approaches.  Organization and development of literature review process. Special interest in integrative clinical approaches, yoga, Eastern philosophy, mindfulness and neuroscience.

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.

Robyn Flaum Cruz, PhD, BC-DMT

Research design and assistance with all aspects of measurement and statistical analysis, including reliability, validity, univariate, bivariate and multivariate analysis, and classification techniques.

Laura Downey, MA, R-DMT

Research design, data analysis, and reporting. Special interest in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Bartenieff Fundamentals, theory, brain function, structure, biological functions, quantitative methods.

Lenore Hervey, PhD, BC-DMT retired

Qualitative research methods, including nontraditional, artistic and creative methods of inquiry, from formulating questions to qualitative data analysis.

Sondra Malling, MA, R-DMT, GL-CMA

Qualitative research methods, particularly action/participatory research and artistic inquiry. Research design and research writing. Special interest in culturally-sensitive research approaches, Deaf/disability studies, and Laban Movement Analysis.

Marybeth Weinstock, PhD, BC-DMT

Qualitative Research Methods, especially feminist perspectives; collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and application; design and application of assessment tools;  special interests include issues of age, eating disorders, brain development and function, body image, women's issues, dancers' lives;  exploring criteria for evidence-based research.

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