Professor Michael Franklin

Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, is the chair of the graduate Transpersonal Art Therapy program and director of the Naropa Community Art Studio (NCAS) at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado, USA. Throughout his career, Michael has practiced as a clinician and educator, directing the art therapy programs at the College of St. Teresa and Bowling Green State University. Michael lectures nationally and internationally and is the recipient of the American Art Therapy Associations 2016 Distinguished Educator Award, and in 2018, the Distinguished Service Award.

Michael has published numerous articles on various subjects including aesthetics, self-esteem, AID’s iconography, interpretive strategies, community based art therapy, art-based empathic interventions, and contemplative approaches including yoga, and meditation. His current research as an artist and writer focuses on integrating the relationships between visual art, social engagement, yoga philosophy, and meditation.