Megan Van Meter is a registered and board-certified art therapist at the national level and a licensed professional counselor with a specialty designation in art therapy and supervisor status in Texas. New to Herron’s art therapy program as of August 2018, she is serving in the capacity of visiting professor and applying for state licensure in Indiana. Megan has provided clinical art therapy services to children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric persons in inpatient and outpatient behavioral health treatment programs; people being treated for cancer and the family members of these individuals; people going through separation and divorce; children and adolescents in public school settings; adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities; and men incarcerated in maximum-security correctional facilities. She has served the art therapy profession through committee work at both local and national levels, including the American Art Therapy Association’s Bylaws and Policies & Procedures Committee as well as the Art Therapy Credentials Board’s Certification Committee.
Her undergraduate degree comes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she double-majored in art and psychology before moving on to earn a master’s degree in art therapy from the University of Louisville. At the UofL she studied under art therapy pioneers Vija Lusebrink and Sandra Kagin (now Sandra Graves-Alcorn), who developed an information processing model that connects artmaking behaviors and the resulting art products to different types of mental activity that can be influenced through the use of specific materials and methods. This pantheoretical model, called the Expressive Therapies Continuum, is now the focus of Megan’s research as she compares its premises with contemporary advances in neuroscience. She is working on the manuscript for The Expressive Therapies Continuum and Parallels in Neuroscience, and she is excited about being part of the Herron family while helping prepare a new generation of art therapists to serve others and carry on a tradition of excellence.