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Melissa Klay

Adjunct Associate Professor - CCE


Dr. Melissa Klay, Ph.D., LCAT, ATR-BC, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed, registered, and board-certified art therapist. She received her Masters in Art Therapy and Creativity Development at Pratt Institute and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. In the past 20 years she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice and in an alternative high school. She completed her psychology internship at the Child and Family Institute in St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and she continues to provide psychotherapy services at Metropolitan Center for Mental Health as a clinical psychologist and creative arts therapist. At MCMH she sees children, adolescents, and adults for individual psychotherapy. Her clients not only vary in age but also in ethnicity, socioeconomics, and level of functioning. Seeing a variety of clients has allowed an implementation of numerous treatment approaches in order to address the client’s needs.

Over the past 15 years, she has been an adjunct associate professor in the Graduate Creative Arts Therapy Department at Pratt Institute and has presented at conferences and workshops in and out of the NYC area. Her study on understanding the role of motivation in professional athletes is in press with the Journal of Applied Sport Management.

When she is not providing therapeutic services or teaching, you can find Melissa enjoying her other passions such as art, reading, exercising, and watching futbol/soccer.

B.A. Visual Arts, Stephens College;
M.P.S. Art Therapy and Creativity Development, Pratt Institute;
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute.