With the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and University of Colorado, we have completed 5 study groups

Currently: starting our 6th study group. - not accepting new submissions

Purpose: to learn if creative arts programs can:

  • Reduce symptoms of psychological distress
  • Enhance the connection to the purpose of your work
  • Enhance the connection to your peers

What is involved? 

  • Attendance of weekly group sessions (in-person)
  • Survey completion

Inclusion criteria: 

  • Work in any hospital unit or campus-related setting
  • Endorsement of at least 1 symptom of burnout
  • Non-clinical staff


Contact rafaela.mantelli@cuanschutz.edu for more details

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CORAL_ Creative Arts Therapy for Healthcare Professionals

CORAL Research Agenda


Effectiveness of a creative arts program to improving psychological health and resilience of frontline healthcare providers

We are developing and testing a series of creative arts programs designed to build resilience among critical care & emergency medicine professionals. The programs will use qualitative, mixed-method, and randomized controlled study designs and will integrate visual arts therapy, music therapy, dance/movement therapy, and creative writing/poetry. Research activities will include focus groups of important stakeholders, such as healthcare providers, unit managers and hospital administrators, national critical care leadership, and arts therapy experts.

Organization partners include Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at Children's Hospital Colorado and Lighthouse Writers Workshop. These organizations will design experimental tasks suitable for each artistic domain and hold group sessions with participants.


The research agenda will address the following research questions:

  • What changes in physical or mental health outcomes are experienced by subjects participating in creative arts programs?
  • What are the comparative therapeutic benefits of creative arts programs relative to each other or to non-arts-based interventions?
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts

Key personnel:

Principal Investigator: Marc Moss, MD

Project Manager: Rafaela Mantelli, MD 

Co-Investigators: Katherine Reed,LPC , Michael Henry, MFA , & Jeri Forster PhD

Creative Arts Therapists/Facilitators:
Katherine Reed, LPC
Tony Edelblute, LPC
Hillary Sinn, LPC, R-DMT
Michael Henry, MFA