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What Can You Do with a Specialization in Creativity Studies?

Careers in Creativity Studies

Students in this Specialization have successfully pursued research in:
• Aging (e.g., looking at how creative people experience the process of aging in their personal and professional life, or examining music therapy’s effect on Alzheimer’s patients)
• Art Therapy (e.g., studying the impact of using art therapy in an institutional setting)
• The Arts (e.g., investigating the relationship between creativity and spirituality in professional songwriters, or looking at extrinsic and intrinsic motivation in the writing process)
• Business and Government (e.g., evaluating if length of service in a business increases or decreases creativity)
• Education (e.g., looking at teacher training involving creative discovery for self-development and personal and spiritual growth)
• Expressive Arts (e.g., the perceived effects of Person-Centered Expressive Arts on one's work experience)
• Organizations and Teams (e.g., examining creativity in a matrix organization and looking at factors in team leadership in nonprofit health organizations)
• Peace and Conflict Resolution (e.g., helping parents and kids work cooperatively through collaborative expressive arts activities)
• Psychology (e.g., researching the role of creativity in the therapeutic process, or analyzing the impact of a particularly creative therapist)

Creativity Studies has direct application in virtually every area including the arts, aging, business and government, coaching, education, health, and social transformation. Understanding the dynamics of creativity can enhance professional growth in unexpected and exciting ways. Saybrook University doctoral dissertations have examined a variety of interesting and important areas related to creativity including aging, art therapy, the creative process, dreams, expressive arts, education, film, music, resilience, organizations, teams, therapy, and writing.

Depending on their professional interests, students may develop skills to:
• Work within corporations and other organizations to facilitate organizational creativity
• Teach creativity and psychology courses in K-12 schools or in colleges
• Professional creativity coaching, training, or consulting
• Lead groups in effective collaborative creativity
• Research, write, and present work in academic and consulting environments
• Add expressive arts techniques to their clinical repertoire
• Enhance their own creative ability in both their professional and personal lives

Our graduates work in a variety of settings, including private practice, schools and universities, community health centers, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, the juvenile justice system, substance abuse clinics, corporate offices, non-profit organizations, and the government. Many have founded their own companies, and hundreds are successfully published authors. Presently, Saybrook psychology graduates are leaders in the following areas:


  • Conflict resolution and mediation
  • Restorative justice
  • College teaching
  • Non-profit leadership
  • International relief efforts
  • Self-improvement and wellness counseling
  • Forensic psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Religion/spirituality
  • Community service organizations
  • Juvenile justice
  • Law enforcement
  • Government agencies
  • Grant funded research
  • Think tanks
  • Sports psychology
  • Pediatrics
  • Geropsychology