Dr Deah Schwartz, has more than 20 years of clinical and supervisory experience in Expressive Arts Therapy programs in psychiatric hospitals, schools, and treatment programs in the Bay Area.
Dr. Schwartz’s academic background includes: a Doctorate in Education, an MS in Therapeutic Recreation, an MA in Creative Arts Education, and a BA in Theater. In addition, she studied Art Therapy at the College of Notre Dame and Creative Dramatics with Brian Way. Deah is a Nationally Certified Recreation Therapist and was a professor at San Francisco State University for 10 years, preparing students for careers in Recreation and Expressive Arts Therapy.
Having studied theater at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City and as a member of Actors’ Equity, Deah has a unique combination of experience as a performer, teacher and clinician. This background, coupled with her fervent belief in size acceptance, led to her passionate involvement in co-authoring and performing in the NAAFA award winning Off-Broadway Show, Leftovers, the Ups and Downs of a Compulsive Eater and the companion “LEFTOVERS Workbook/DVD Set, a unique resource for treating Eating Disorders and helping people find peace with their bodies at any size. Dr. Deah is the author of the syndicated blog, Tasty Morsels, that focuses on improving body image and changing societal definitions of health and beauty. An outspoken “New Yawker,” Deah believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to point out and eliminate size discrimination even when it means battling the mainstream media and the popular point of view.