Dr. Nisha Sajnani is Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Drama Therapy and Theatre & Health Lab at New York University. She leads the NYU Creative Arts Therapies Consortium and International Research Alliance which engages in collaborative research on the physiological, social, and psychological health benefits of the arts and arts therapies to support therapeutic innovation, curricular development, and inform policy. She developed a course entitled Can Art Save Lives? for NYU Abu Dhabi which will be launched in January 2022.
Dr. Sajnani is the editor of Drama Therapy Review, co-founder of the World Alliance of Dramatherapy, and the president of the Foundation for the Arts and Trauma. She has published in the areas of therapeutic theatre, trauma, social justice, culturally responsive pedagogy in the arts therapies, embodied research, and global mental health. In addition to her appointment at NYU, she is on faculty with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, and a senior fellow with the Minnesota Institute for Trauma-Informed Education.
She is also a past president of the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) and received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Concordia University in Montreal. In 2018 she was awarded the Gertrud Schattner Award from NADTA for distinguished contributions to the field of drama therapy in education, publication, practice, and service and her efforts to promote research and diversity in the field.