“Holding on as one
Roots rich with stories of life
Denise Boston, Ph.D., RDT
Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program and School of Undergraduate Studies
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, CA
Denise Boston is Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program and School of Undergraduate Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her programmatic and research interests are in the areas of community-based initiatives and expressive arts intervention. As an Expressive Arts and Drama Therapy consultant/trainer, Denise has implemented multimodal arts programs with diverse populations, particularly African American children, adolescents and families. Over the past 25 years she has devoted her teaching and research to the increased understanding of racial and intergenerational trauma and expressive arts therapeutic approaches to address mental health care disparities of people of African descent. She has been an invited keynote speaker and presenter at regional, national, and international conferences, school systems, colleges and universities. With a culturally responsive approach toward mental health and wellness, she is known for her dynamic, interactive presentations. Denise earned a B.F.A in Drama from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, an M.A. in Psychology and Counseling from Goddard College, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Walden University.