BIOL 6528: Art as a Source of Healing

Faculty Adviser: 
Melinda Bridgman, MD; Arthur Mercurio, MA; Melanie Morris

This course focuses on autism spectrum disorders and developmental disability. It aims to foster strong one-on-one relationships between premedical/medical students and high functioning, developmentally delayed adolescent patients ages 14-21, all with a secondary psychiatric diagnosis from the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) at Bradley Hospital, a children's psychiatric hospital in East Providence RI.  The students will mentor the CADD patients, become role models, and provide socialization opportunities.  We will meet 7 times throughout the semester.  There will be clinical lecture/discussions and individual and collaborative art making sessions at the medical school and possible community sites in the greater Providence area.  The requirements will include keeping an ongoing journal during the course; creating a final art project based on a student's experience with the CADD patients and reading occasional handouts/articles for discussion.