Dr. GIRIJA KAIMAL (EdD, MA, ATR-BC)
Associate Professor (PhD program), Department of Creative Arts Therapies, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health
Co-founder: GVM consulting and analysis
Independent Visual artist
President-Elect: The American Art Therapy Association
Harvard University Graduate School of Education: Doctorate in Human Development & Psychology, 2007
Dissertation: Emerging adults’ perception of parental depression: A qualitative inquiry; Dissertation Committee: Robert Selman, PhD
Drexel University: Master of Arts, 2001
Thesis: Reducing disruptive behavior in a young adolescent male: A single case experimental study; Thesis Advisor: Nancy Gerber, PhD
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India: Bachelor of Arts in textile design
Diploma project: Product innovations from fabric craft traditions of Western India
Drexel University: Associate Professor
Teaching doctoral level courses in qualitative research and research paradigms, mentoring students, supervising research assistantships and independent studies, leading federal grant funded projects (won over $1.6 million in grants) , serving on dissertation committees, grant writing, research and scholarship in the creative arts therapies.
Temple University: Senior Researcher
Principal Investigator on interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects (won over $1.5 million in grants) examining school-based interventions (arts in education, teacher incentives, urban education, STEM programs and leadership preparation). Supervised research team, developed research designs, led qualitative and quantitative data analysis, coordinated dissemination, stakeholder engagement, conference presentations, grant writing and budget management.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Research Project Manager
Managed four-year mixed-methods interdisciplinary National Institutes of Health (NIH) project on parental attitudes towards genetic testing. Recruited consultants, managed budget, conducted surveys and interview analyses, designed presentations, wrote four journal publications, and, supervised four research assistants.
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government: Research assistant
Recruited respondents, conducted interviews and completed a qualitative analysis of the role of online tools for community building.
Span India Private Limited: Textile Designer
Designed and developed innovative fabric designs for women’s and children’s clothing lines. The products were exported to Europe and the U.S from India.
Funded Research and Evaluation Grants
- Veterans with Gulf War Illness: Understanding the spectrum of experiences related to demographics and aging. Funded by the Department of Defense, this project is a qualitative grounded theory study of the experience of gulf war illness. The findings are expected to help generate a MOOc curriculum for healthcare providers.
- Arts Research on Chronic Stress: Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and Creative Forces, this project focuses on examining the role of the arts therapies on chronic stress related to illnesses like cancer and traumatic brain injury.
- Virtual Reality Based Art Therapy (PI): Funded by Drexel University and the International Arts+Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins University, the study examines ways to integrate virtual reality into art therapy approaches as well as pilot outcomes.
- Arts-Based approaches to spiritual well being at the end of life (2015,Co-PI). Funded by The Foundation for Spirituality and Medicine, the project involves analysis of physiological, survey and narrative data from an arts based intervention for patients and caregivers at the end-of-life.
- Research on Art Therapy with the military (2015): Funded by The Writer’s Center and sourced from the National Endowment for the Arts, the project involves research and evaluation of arts therapy data from the Walter Reed National Medical Center: National Intrepid Center of Excellence.
- Evaluation of the Save the children’s Healing and education through the arts (HEART) initiative: Research and Evaluation consultant (2007-present): Funded by Save the Children USA, the project is a multisite evaluation of the healing and education through the arts initiative. The project uses a mixed methods design to assess outcomes of art participation on preschool children in trauma zones.
- Research and evaluation for the Art of Growing Leaders: Funded by ArtWell, a community arts organization the evaluation uses a mixed methods approach including arts based data to assess the impact of a youth identity and leadership development initiative. PI for evaluation
- Drexel University Career Development Award grant (2014-2015): The project funds a pilot entitled “Understanding the underlying mechanisms of health and human development through self expression in the creative arts” and a guest speaker series.PI
- Evaluation of the Philadelphia High School leadership Project (2008-2013): Funded through the U.S. Department of Education School Leadership Program grant. The project was a collaboration between the School District of Philadelphia, Lehigh University and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. PI for evaluation subcontract
- Evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund in Philadelphia (2008-2011): Co-PI for evaluation subcontract: Funded by U.S. Department of Education the project was a large mixed methods longitudinal study that examined the impact of differentiated payouts and professional development on teacher and student outcomes.
- Evaluation of the Allentown Principal Leadership Initiative (2010-2015) : PI for evaluation subcontract: Funded through the U.S. Department of Education School Leadership Program grant. The project is a collaboration between the Allentown School District, Lehigh University and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
- Provost’s Seed Grant on Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Arts Education, (2009-2010): Co-PI: A collaboration between the Tyler School of Art, the Boyer School of Music and Dance, the College of Education and the Institute on Disabilities. Developed three syllabi that integrated the arts into courses for pre-service elementary, middle grades and established teachers at Temple University.
- Evaluation of the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholar Fellowship Grant (2010-2013): PI for evaluation: The Noyce scholarships provide tuition support for students interested in careers as math and science educators in high needs urban schools. The evaluation examines the impact of financial support on student commitments to education. Funded by Temple University through a grant from the National Science Foundation and Temple University.
- Evaluation of the OxfamAmerica Gender mainstreaming, Learning and Accountability Initiative: (2012) Co-PI: Funded by OxfamAmerica, the evaluation examined the effectiveness and impact of a five year initiative to address gender disparities within the organization, its grantees and regional program partners.
- Evaluation of the young Leaders Training program (2012-2013): PI: Funded by Abraham’s Path through a grant from the Fetzer Institute, the evaluation examined the effectiveness of leadership training initiative for young leaders and entrepreneurs from Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Turkey. The program seeks to build regional cooperation and interfaith understanding through tourism and walking trails along Abrahams Path.
Awards and honors
- Assessment Fellow, Drexel University (2016
- American Art Therapy Association research award (2015), American Art Therapy Association
- Career Development Award (2014), Drexel University
- Dissertation Support Fund (2006), Harvard University Graduate School of Education
- Advanced Doctoral Grant, (2005), Harvard University Graduate School of Education
- Gender Studies Doctoral Research Award (2003), Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Dean’s Award for doctoral students (2002), Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Alpha Eta Honors Society, (2001),Elected member
- Sherry Jaspan Lyons Award for clinical excellence in therapy with children and adolescents, (2001) Drexel University
- Award for overall outstanding achievement and scholarship, (2001) Drexel University
Book chapters (research, poetry and creative writing)
Kaimal, G. (2014). Motherhood mechanized. In R. Badruddoja (Ed.), X does not mark my spot: Voices from the South Asian Diaspora. New Delhi: Zubaan.
Kaimal, G. (2014). What is your name? In R. Badruddoja (Ed.), X does not mark my spot: Voices from the South Asian Diaspora. New Delhi: Zubaan.
Kaimal, G. & Nayar, N. (2003). The myth of wild oats. In Azmina Ladha (Ed.), Re-righting reality: Young women on their search for self. Center for Research on violence against women and children (pp. 57-63). Vancouver, Canada: Simon Fraser University Press.
Peer -reviewed publications
Kaimal, G. (2015). Evolving identities: The person(al), the profession(al) and the artist(ic). Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. 32, 3: 136-141. DOI:10.1080/07421656.2015.1060840
Kaimal, G., Miller, G., Rattigan, M.D., & Haddy, J. (in press). Implications of national trends in digital media use for art therapy practice. Journal of clinical art therapy.
Kaimal, G., Drescher, J., Fairbank, H., Gonzaga, A, & Junkin, J. (in press). Learning about leadership from a visit to the art museum. International Journal of Education and the Arts
Kaimal, G., & Jordan, W. (in press). Do incentive based programs improve teacher quality and student achievement? An analysis of implementation in 12 charter schools. Teachers College Record, 118 (9).
Kaimal, G. & Blank, C.L. (2015). Program Evaluation: A doorway to research in the creative arts therapies. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 32 (2), 1-4. Doi: 10.1080/07421656.2015.1028310
Kaimal, G. & Beardslee, W.R. (2015, in press). The Perceived Impact of Parental Depression on the Narrative Construction of Personal Identity: Reflections from Emerging Adults. Narrative works, 5, 1.
Kaimal, G., Drescher, J., Fairbank, H., Gonzaga, A & White, G.P. (2014). Inspiring creativity in school leaders: Leadership lessons from the creative arts. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 15 (4). Retrieved from http://www.ijea.org/v15n4/.
Kaimal, G., Barber, M., Schulman, M., & Reed, P. (2012). Preparation of urban high school principals in Philadelphia through multi-organizational partnerships. Journal of School Leadership, 22, 5: 902-921.
Kaimal, G. (2013, December 27). The Pragmatist’s guide to Long Distance Evaluations. Retrieved from http://aea365.org/blog/girija-kaimal-on-the-pragmatists-guide-to-successful-long-distance-evaluations/
Kaimal, G. (2013). Arts stories. Art therapy blog index. Retrieved from http://arttherapyalliance.wordpress.com/art-therapy-blog-index/
Huang, T., Kaimal, G., Beachum, F., White G., &, Fitzgerald, A (2012). Preparing urban school Leaders: What works. Planning and Changing Journal, 43, 1: 72-95
Brooks, W., Kaimal, G., Savage, L., & Gonzaga, A. (2012). Inspiring academically talented high school students to consider teaching in urban schools. Urban Review, 44, 4: 423-440.
Kaimal, G. & Beardslee, W.R. (2010). Emerging Adulthood and the perceptions of parental depression. Qualitative Health Research, 20, 9, 1213-1229.
Kaimal, G. (2008). Alana’s advice: Where there is a clique you got to think quick. [Review of the book by A.S. Bender]. Educational Review. Retrieved from http://edrev.asu.edu/brief/jan08.html
Kaimal, G., Steinberg, A.G., Ennis, S., Moyer-Harasink, S, Ewing, R., Li, Y. (2007). Parental narratives about genetic testing for hearing loss: a one-year follow up study. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 16, 6, 775-787.
Steinberg, A., Kaimal, G., Bain, L., Krantz, I. & Li, Y. (2007). Parental narratives on genetic testing for children with hearing loss: a qualitative inquiry. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 143A, 14, 1533-1545.
Steinberg, A., Kaimal, G. Ewing, R., Soslow, L., Lewis, K., Krantz, I. & Li, Y. (2007). Parental narratives on genetic testing for hearing loss: Implications for audiologists working with children with hearing loss and their families. The American Journal of Audiology,16, 1-11.
Li, Y., Steinberg, A., Bain, L., Yaeger, D., Bieler, A., Ewing, R., Kaimal, G., & Krantz, I. (2007). Assessing parental attitudes towards genetic testing for hearing loss: before and after genetic consultation. American Journal of Medical Genetics,143A, 14, 1546-1553.
Kaimal, G., & Gerber, N. (2007). Impressions over time: Community progressive murals in an outpatient HIV/AIDS clinic. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 34, 2, 151-162.
Kaimal, G. & Nayar, N. (2003). The myth of wild oats. In Azmina Ladha (Ed.), Re-righting reality: Young women on their search for self. Center for Research on violence against women and children (pp. 57-63). Vancouver, Canada: Simon Fraser University Press.
Kaimal, G. (Spring 2003). Docile wives and duty-bound husbands: myth and gender roles in the Ramayana. South Asian Journal, 1,1, 10-16.
Kaimal, G (2003). Gen X meets Gen-Y: Youth perceptions and concerns about the future. Foresight and Governance Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Available at www.profuturists.com/Downloads/genxgen2.pdf
Kaimal, G. (2002). Sound bytes from the field: Community Problem Solving and the Internet. Project on community building headed by Dr. X.D. Briggs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.newschool.edu/mediastudies/ conf/pdf/girija_kaimal.pdf.
Kaimal, G. (2001). The role of individual art therapy in reducing disruptive behavior in a young adolescent male: a single case experimental study (Doctoral dissertation, MCP Hahnemann University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Creative Arts in Therapy Program).
Peer-reviewed Conference presentations
Kaimal, G., Ray, K, &, Muniz, J.M. (forthcoming). Examining the impact of visual self-expression on physiological and psychological indicators of well-being. Mixed Methods International Research Association regional conference. Philadelphia, PA. June 2015.
Katz-Terry, J.,Kaimal, G., Rutledge, K, Junkin, J., Xi, M., & Smith, K. (2015). The Art of Growing Leaders: Supporting identity and leadership development through arts-based self expression. Comparative and International Education Society conference, Washington, DC. March 2015.
Hommel, S., Birungi, B. &, Kaimal, G. (2015). Promoting learning, healing and play in high adversity childhood settings through HEART (Healing and Education through the arts): Comparative and International Education Society conference, Washington, DC. March 2015.
Kaimal, G., Drescher, J., Fairbank, H., & Gonzaga, A.M. Learning about leadership from a visit to the art museum. American Education Research Association, Arts and Learning SIG, Chicago, IL. April 2015.
Kaimal, G., Robb, M., Walker, M., & Snyder, K.(2015). “Painting a bigger picture:” Partnership for research. American Art Therapy Association conference, Minneapolis, MN, July 2015.
Kaimal, G. (2014) Evaluation as a doorway to research in the creative arts therapies. American Art Therapy Association conference, San Antonio, TX, July 2014.
Kaimal, G. & Rattigan, M.D. (2014) What can creative arts therapists learn from the NEA Survey of public participation in the arts. American Art Therapy Association conference, San Antonio, TX, July 2014.
Kaimal, G., & Blank, C.L. (2014).Evaluation as a doorway to research in the creative arts therapies. Eastern Evaluation Research Society conference, Absecon, NJ. April 2014.
Kaimal, G., (2013).Long distance evaluations: How to make them work. American Evaluation Association conference, Washington, DC. October 2013.
Kaimal, G., Drescher, J. & Gonzaga, A.M. Inspiring creativity among school leaders: Lessons from the arts. University Council for Educational Administration conference, Indianapolis, IN. November 2013.
Kaimal, G. “You say you want a revolution?” Lessons learned from an incentive based school reform project. Comparative and International Education Society conference, San Juan, PR, April 2012.
Kaimal, G. “Friend or frenemy:” Positioning the evaluator in first and second party evaluations. American Evaluation Association, Anaheim, CA, November 2011.
Huang, T., Beachum, F. D., White, G., Kaimal, G., & FitzGerald, A. M. (2011, November). Preparing Urban School Leaders: What Works? A paper presentation at the University Council for Educational Administration Conference in Petersburg, PA.
Kaimal, G., Jordan, W.J., Saenz, L. Gonzaga, A & Royal, C. Evaluation of the Philadelphia Teacher Incentive Fund grant. Symposium Panel discussion. American Education Research Association, Denver, April 2010.
Kaimal, G., Barber, M.E., Schulman, M., & Flanary, R. (2009). “It takes a city:” Preparation of Urban High School principals in Philadelphia through multi-organizational partnerships. American Education Research Association, Denver, April 2010.
Kaimal, G., Jordan, W.J., Gonzaga, A & Royal, C. Incentive-based school reform: lessons from the field. American Education Research Association, San Diego, April 2009.
Kaimal, G., & Beardslee, W.R.. Emerging adult narratives of parental depression. American Education Research Association, San Diego, April 2009.
Gonzaga, A & Kaimal, G. Mentorship in the preparation of urban school leaders. American Education Research Association, San Diego, April 2009.
Steinberg, A., Kaimal, G, Li, Y., Bain. L., Krantz, I. A qualitative analysis of parental narratives regarding genetic testing for hearing loss. Qualitative Health Research Conference, Edmonton, Canada. April 3rd 2006.
Steinberg, A., Li, Y., Bain. L., Kaimal, G. Parental narratives of genetic testing for hearing loss. American Public Health Association conference, Washington DC. November 18th, 2004.
Kaimal, G. In the land of milk and honey: South Asians and the media. SASNET conference in Lund, Sweden on Modern South Asian Studies. July 9th, 2004.
Invited Seminars, Lectures and Workshops
Kaimal, G., Katz-Buonincontro, J., Perry, C., & Sukumar, D. (2015). “Self” as a minority: Identity, creativity, efficacy, well-being and empathy. Interdisciplinary Moral Forum of the self motivation and virtue project, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. http://epublications.marquette.edu/smv_imf/IMF/Friday/11/
Pisani, L., Borisova, I. &, Kaimal, G. (2015). Social and emotional development in Early childhood care settings: Comparative and International Education Society conference, Washington, DC. March 2015.
Kaimal, G., (2014). Approaches to analysis of visual and narrative data. Drexel University School of Education. November, 2014.
Kaimal, G., (2015). Introduction to program evaluation: applications for practice and research. Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, February 2015.
Kaimal, G., (2014). Review of recommendations on the teacher evaluations in Upper Dublin school district. Upper Dublin Township School Board, June 2014.
Kaimal, G. (2013). Evaluation of the Gender Mainstreaming, Learning and Accountability Initiative (GMLAI). GMLAI conference, Oxfam America, Boston, MA.
Kaimal, G. (2011). Learning through education and art. Drexel University.Philadelphia, PA.
Kaimal, G. (2010). Diversity in the classroom. Temple University, Philadelphia,PA.
Kaimal, G. (2007). Uses of narrative and self expression: Findings from three qualitative research studies. National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD.
Kaimal, G. (2003).How Generations X and Y (Millenials) will reshape higher education. Society for College and University Planning. September 16th, 2003. Audio conference available at http://www.scup.org/audioconferences.
Kaimal, G. (2005). Improving communication between parents and children. Wanderland Inc, India.
Kaimal, G. (2001) Creative Problem solving. Experiential Educator’s Network. Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts. October 12th, 2001.
Kaimal, G. (2001) Behavior management workshop on child and adolescent developmental levels and group dynamics. South East Asian Mutual Aid Associations. July 31st, 2001.
Kaimal, G., & Gonzaga, A. (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011). Evaluation of the Allentown principal leadership initiative (APLI). Report prepared for the Center for Developing Urban Educational Leaders (CDUEL), Lehigh University. Philadelphia, PA: Drexel University.
Kaimal, G., Gonzaga, A., & Saenz, L. (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009). Evaluation of the Philadelphia high school leadership project (PHSLP). Report prepared for the School District of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA: Institute for Schools and Society, Temple University.
Kaimal, G., Jordan, W., Gonzaga, A., & Royal, C. (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008). Evaluation of the Promoting excellence in Philadelphia schools (PEPS). Report prepared for the School District of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA: Institute for Schools and Society, Temple University.
Kaimal, G., Brooks, W., Gonzaga, A., & Savage, L. (2008). Pennsylvania Governor’s school for urban teaching (PGSUT): Pilot year evaluation report. Philadelphia, PA: College of Education, Temple University.
Kaimal, G. (2014). Evaluation of the Beyond Bollywood exhibition. Philadelphia, PA.
Kaimal, G. & Momaya, M. (2012). Evaluation of the Gender Mainstreaming, Learning and Accountability Initiative (GMLAI). Philadelphia, PA.
Kaimal, G. (2014). Evaluation of the Abraham’s Path training leaders initiative. Philadelphia, PA.
Teaching Experience and curriculum development
- Advanced Qualitative Methods: Doctoral students in creative arts therapy and couple and family therapy. Completely redesigned the course with new textual references, including data collection, analytic strategies, field experiences and software applications. Taught in 2012, 2013 & 2014.
- Introduction to behavioral research, ARTS 515: Introductory course on qualitative and mixed methods research for masters students. Taught in 2015
- Research theory and philosophy: Introductory course for doctoral students on different research paradigms and identifying approaches best suited for students’ research questions. Taught in 2013.
- Art Therapy Research and Literature: Introductory course for Masters students on literature searches, analysis and critical thinking. Taught in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
- Moral, political and spiritual development in adolescents: Department of Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Taught one section on August 18th, 2005.
- Arts integration in the classroom: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA: Co-developed syllabi for arts integration for preservice teachers, elementary and middle school teachers.
- American Education Research Association (Arts and Learning SIG reviewer, Member)
- American Art Therapy Association (Member)
- Comparative and International Education Society (Member)
- American Evaluation Association (Member)
- Eastern Evaluation Research Society (Member)
- Qualitative Health Research Journal (Reviewer)
- Urban Review (Editorial Board Member)
- Arts in Psychotherapy (Editorial Board Member)
- Journal of the American Art Therapy Association (Editorial Board Member
- The Journal for Learning through the Arts (Reviewer)
- The Journal of Adolescent Research (Reviewer)
Selected Consultancies in Education and Health
· Oxfam America: Research and Evaluation consultant (2012-present): Consultant for research and analysis and strategic planning around the gender justice work of Oxfam America: surveys of staff attitudes towards gender equity, gender considerations in extractive and mining industries, and evaluation of gender initiatives.
· Smithsonian asian and pacific american center Evaluation consultant (2014): Consultant for the Beyond Bollywood exhibit as part of the Indian American Heritage project. The project sought to better understand key stakeholder perspectives on the process and outcome of this first exhibition focused on the history and contributions of the Asian American community.
· The Bridge: Research consultant (2013-present)
Consultant for legal and forensic data collection and analysis with Dr. Annie Steinberg, President of the Bridge.
· Rhode Island Early Intervention Program (2006-2007)
Designed new focus group interviews and conducted qualitative analysis of parents’ experiences of Early Intervention Services in Rhode Island.
· Project Power, Curriculum designer (2003)
Created art-based online activities for History, Social studies and English language curriculum for middle school teachers and students
Wanderland Inc, Workshop facilitator and education consultant (2005- present): Led yearly creative arts-based workshops for youth, schools and families in New Delhi, India. Workshops themes included parent child communication and leadership development in school children.
Work in the Creative Arts
- Best in show (2001), Abington Memorial Hospital community art show, PA
- Finalist (2012), Art for Science Sake Exhibition, Los Alamos, NM
- Feature on Women and Migration: available athttp://www.genderacrossborders.com/2012/04/18/welcome-to-the-series-global-citizens-how-women-are-affected-by-migration/
- Featured Artist (Bread Poppy Art pack): Hudson Valley Seed Library (http://www.seedlibrary.org/art-packs/breadseed-poppy-mix.html): one of 20 artists selected from over 200 submissions
- The Art of the Heirloom Exhibition (2012-2013):
– The Seedbank Heirloom Expo (September 2012), Petaluma, CA
– Arts Center of the Capital Region (January 2013), Troy, NY
– The Horticultural Society (February, 2013), New York, NY
– Philadelphia Flower Show (March 2013), Philadelphia, PA
- Art for Science Sake: Los Alamos, NM
- Art in City Hall: Library of Life exhibition (March 2013) (one of 40 artists selected from over 200 submissions)
- Interconnections: The Art of Social Change. Asian Arts Initiative, (March 2013). Philadelphia, PA
- H1B: Exhibition in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian and Pacific American Center and Twelve gates Arts, (January 2014)
- English, Hindi and Malayalam
- Member, Drexel University, CNHP Research committee
- Member, Research Committee, American Art Therapy Association (2014 – present)
- Thesis and dissertation committee member for students at Drexel University (2007 to present)
- Member, Steering committee Arts Rising (2008 to present)
- Member, Education Advisory Committee, Upper Dublin School District (2009-present)
- Peer Mentor and International Student Mentor, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2001-2003
- Globalization committee, Temple University (2010 – 2011)
- Leadership Team, Institute for Schools and Society, Temple University (2009-present)
- Community Liaison, South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow (2006 to present)
- Schools Committee, Harvard-Radcliffe Alumni association, (2003-2008)
- Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters, (1999-2003)