Gioia is a registered and board-certified art therapist with twenty-five years of experience. She holds licenses as a Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT) in Maryland and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in Virginia. Gioia completed award-winning original research on the expression of positive emotions through art. Gioia has written numerous articles and book chapters and presented on positive art therapy internationally and is on the faculty at George Washington University. With Rebecca Wilkinson, she is co-author of Positive Art Therapy Theory and Practice: Integrating Positive Psychology with Art Therapy. Professional Interests also include arts-based research and supervision and art therapy with military populations.

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