Lori Mackey DAT, ATR-BC, LPC, CCLS

Assistant Professor & Program Director, Graduate Art Therapy


Lori Mackey is a Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified Child Life Specialist with an extensive background in medical art therapy, specializing in pediatric oncology. Prior to joining Seton Hill, Dr. Mackey worked as an art therapist with pediatric and adult oncology patients and their families within hospitals and non-profit environments. She has been an active volunteer for 15 years with Camp Dost, a camp for children with cancer and their siblings. In addition, Dr. Mackey was previously an adjunct faculty member at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her current research interests include body awareness, response art, self-care, and the dynamics within the therapeutic relationship.


Joined Seton Hill: 2014
Hometown: Palatine, IL
Personal Areas of Interest: Running, Yoga, Volunteering, and Advocating for Childhood Cancer Research through fundraising and awareness
Academic Areas of Interest: Medical Art Therapy, Child & Adolescent Development, Supervision, Ethics of Art Therapy, Response Art, and Self-Care for Professionals


  • DAT, Mount Mary University (Milwaukee, WI), 2014
  • M.A., Marywood University (Scranton, PA), 2001
  • B.A., Barat College (Lake Forest, IL), 1999


  • American Art Therapy Association
  • Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association
  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society
  • Illinois Art Therapy Association
  • Child Life Council


  • Mackey, L. "Caring for the Caregiver: Art-Based Self-Care Circles for Professional Caregivers." Mount Mary University Spring Art Therapy Symposium (Milwaukee, WI), April 2014
  • Mackey, L. and Nolan, E. "Unfolding: The Use of Bookmaking in Art Therapy," Mount Mary University Spring Art Therapy Symposium (Milwaukee, WI), April 2012
  • Hawley, L., Henckel, K., Kniffin, L., L'Esperance, N., Lyonsmith, A., Mackey, L., Nolan, E., and Rocchi, M. "The Next Step: A Panel Discussion with the Inaugural DAT Cohort," Mount Mary University Spring Art Therapy Symposium (Milwaukee, WI), April 2012
  • Mackey, L. "Introduction to Art Therapy," Good Shepherd Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group (Barrington, IL), 2010
  • Mackey, L. "An Artful Way of Being," Cancer Wellness Center (Northbrook, IL), 2008
  • Mackey, L. "Animal Maskarade: Finding Your Inner Strengths," Leukemia Lymphoma Society Survivorship Conference (Brookfield, IL), July 2008
  • Mackey, L. "Holding the Space: Art Therapy in a Pediatric Medical Environment," Mount Mary University Spring Art Therapy Symposium (Milwaukee, WI), April 2008
  • Mackey, L. "Gifts of Art, Gifts of Self," Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Chaplain's Retreat (Mundelein, IL), 2008
  • Mackey, L. "Art Heals," Cancer Wellness Center (Northbrook, IL), 2008
  • Mackey, L. "An Artful Way of Being," Harper College (Palatine, IL), 2008
  • Mackey, L. "Art is Healing," Wellness Place (Palatine, IL), 2008
  • Castro-Ahillen, D. and Mackey, L. "Art as Self-Care," Child Life Department Meeting at Children's Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL), 2007.
  • Mackey, L. "Healing Space: Art Therapy in Pediatric Oncology," National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (Chicago, IL), June/July 2006
  • Mackey, L., Muller, S., and Storm, V. "The Arts and Play in Pediatric Healthcare," Pangea: A Conference d for the Future of Pediatric Wellness (Chicago, IL), 2006.
  • Councill, T. and Mackey, L., "The Medium and the Message: Planning a Patient Art Exhibit," American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference (Atlanta, GA), November 2005


  • Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Certified Child Life Specialist