Bani Malhotra, Ph.D., ATR-BC

Researcher, Art Therapist

Bani Malhotra

About Me

I am a registered, board-certified art therapist and a researcher, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I am also an interventionist for the Resources for Enhancing All Caregivers’ Health–REACH-TBI project. REACH-TBI is an evidence-based, personalized, telehealth intervention study for caregivers of veterans/service members with Traumatic Brain Injury.

My research focuses on psychological and social aspects of recovery and rehabilitation for traumatic stress, injury and illness, particularly using arts and art therapy. Using interdisciplinary science, I conduct theory driven research studies to develop, implement, and evaluate arts interventions to improve health-related outcomes. I have authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles related to injury/ illness adjustment and rehabilitation, and art therapy in diverse settings.

As a clinician, with training in both psychology and art therapy, I have over 10 years of experience in providing counseling and art therapy services to individuals across the lifespan in medical, forensic, psychiatric, and school settings in India and the United States. I received my bachelors and master’s in psychology from University of Delhi, India before going to complete my master’s in art therapy from The George Washington University, and a doctorate in Creative Arts Therapies from Drexel University.

I am enthusiastic about fostering diversity in scholarly writing and building art therapy programming in multidisciplinary settings. I am available for consultation on writing projects, and arts and health program development.