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Dr. Ara Parker

Luther adds expressive therapies scholar to faculty

Rev. Dr. Kristine Lund, principal-dean of Martin Luther University College, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ara Parker to the position of assistant professor, spiritual care and psychotherapy. 

“Dr. Parker brings a wealth of experience in expressive therapies to our programs,” Lund said. “We are looking forward to incorporating her work and research into our programs and the mental health services we can offer through the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre — especially with respect to children and people with a variety of challenges.” 

Parker, who earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Stephen’s College at the University of Alberta in 2019, is a registered art therapist and psychotherapist. She most recently served as assistant professor of expressive therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. 

“I am really looking forward to joining the Luther community of wonderful and diverse students, teachers, scholars, and practitioners of spiritually informed psychotherapy,” Parker said. 

The move is also a wonderful Ontario homecoming, Parker added, bringing her closer to family and her roots.  

“I look forward to continuing to deepen my research and scholarship in the intersectional areas of the arts and media, spirituality, and community mental health,” she said. 

Parker begins her role on Aug. 1, 2021, and is scheduled to teach courses in art therapy, professional ethics and practicum starting in the fall term. 



Mirko Petricevic  

Director of Communications and Public Affairs 

Martin Luther University College 

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