Valerie Hubbs has been named Creative Arts Therapy chair within Pratt Institute’s School of Art. Succeeding Julie Miller, Hubbs assumed the role on January 1, 2021.
Hubbs has been an Adjunct Associate Professor-CCE in Pratt’s Creative Arts Therapy department since 2008. She has served as Dance/Movement Therapy Internship Coordinator and has taught Thesis in Progress; Professional Practice and Clinical Supervision; Professional Ethics and Clinical Supervision; and Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning.
“We are very excited to announce Valerie Hubbs as the Creative Arts Therapy Department chair. Valerie’s deep knowledge of Pratt’s Creative Arts Therapy programs and mission will be of significant benefit to our students,” said School of Art Dean Jorge Oliver. “Valerie is a thoughtful leader with a collaborative style that will help the department stay at the forefront of its disciplines.”
As Creative Arts Therapy chair, Hubbs will oversee the department’s Art Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy graduate programs. The department includes approximately 120 students and 35 faculty.
“Pratt’s Art Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy programs have an incredible history of success and reputation for excellence, and it’s wonderful to take on this new role as chair of Creative Arts Therapy,” said Hubbs. “I welcome the opportunity to work with students, faculty, and staff to both support and enhance the department’s community, programs, and goals in preparing our graduates to work effectively with people from diverse communities and in a range of settings.”
Hubbs brings clinical, supervisory, teaching, and administrative experience to her new role as department chair. Through her work in both academic and health services settings, she has cultivated different pedagogies as well as knowledge of diverse approaches to clinical practice.
Hubbs is the founding Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Therapy at the former North General Hospital, and combines a comprehensive clinical background and extensive supervisory experience with an established administrative skill set. She also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Dance & Theatre at Manhattanville College.
Hubbs is a Board-certified Dance/Movement Therapist, National Certified Counselor, Certified Group Psychotherapist, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She holds a Master of Science in Dance/Movement Therapy from Hunter College and BA in Dance & Psychology from Hofstra University.