Meet the Moderator: Dr. Denise Boston
Dr. Denise Boston is an international scholar/practitioner on how to creatively implement culturally responsive and arts-based interventions in diverse systems. For over 30 years, her passion for integrating mental health care, systems thinking, and community-centered research to achieve systemic change has been illustrated through her work on multiple implementation projects in China, the U.S., Seoul, Korea, and Peru. In addition, Dr. Boston is recognized for transforming the landscape of antiracist training by integrating emancipatory theoretical concepts into actionable resources.
Recent highlights of Dr. Boston’s work include supporting the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, San Mateo Collaborative Practice Group, and Trinity Washington University on their trauma-informed and expressive arts objectives.
Dr. Boston emphasizes equity-driven approaches as much of her work focuses on supporting underinvested populations. She strives to ensure that all perspectives are valued along the implementation pathway with a particular understanding of the need for collective and restorative actions to create system-level change.
She holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Walden University, MA in Psychology and Counseling from Goddard College, and a BFA in Drama from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a Registered Drama Therapist and a board member of Be Strong Families.