Rawley Silver, Ed.D., ATR-BC, HLM


Rawley Silver began writing about therapeutic art experiences in 1962 when she worked with children who had hearing-impairments, then with stroke patients and others who had learning disabilities or emotional disturbances. She has conducted research projects supported by grants from the U.S.Office of Education, the National Institute of Education, and the New York State Department of Education; taught art therapy in the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle from 1974 to 1980; and presented at more than 70 conferences and universities.

In 2009, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she had earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Fine Arts and Fine Arts Education. She has also received four annual awards for research from the American Art Therapy Association (1976,1980,1992,1996), and was elected to Honorary Life Membership in 1983, and the Florida Art Therapy Association in 1984.

She has reported her findings in 80 journal articles, books, research reports,and other publications. Five of her books, now in print, are discussed on the following pages. Some journal editors have authorized the downloading of selected articles at no charge. Click here for list. The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) provides digital access to 31 of her publications through the ERIC database (www.eric.ed.gov).

Also a painter, Silver's work has been shown in invitational and juried group shows as well as 18 one-person shows. She has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 1983.

Her work is included in the archives of the American Art Therapy Association, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Silver's assessments use stimulus and response drawings to bypass langauge deficiencies in assessing cognition and emotions. The Silver Drawing Test (SDT) assesses three concepts said to be fundamental in reading and math. and includes three subtests: Drawing from Imagination, Predictive Drawing, and Drawing from Observation.
Draw A Story (DAS) uses a Drawing from Imagination task with a different set of stimulus drawings to screen for depression or aggression, and to identify children, adolescents, and adults who may be at risk for harming themselves or others. Responses are scored on 5-point ratng scales that range from low to high levels of cognitive skill, and from negative to positive attitudes or feelings.

Her book, The Silver Drawing Test and Draw A Story, has been translated and standardized in Russia, translated in Korea, and used by mental health professionals in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and Brazil, as well as the U.S.

The male Tawney Owl feeds the female, when she is broody.

Copyright © 1998, 2002 Rawley Silver.  All rights reserved.

"Dr. Rawley Silver's latest book,  Identifying Risks for Aggression and Depression Through Metaphors: The Mouse, The Bride, and the Use of Humor is a visually and metaphorically fascinating guide to the Draw A Story Assessment (DAS).  It serves as a concise refresher for seasoned professionals, without the psychometric graphs or charts included in her previous publications. The presentation of this book also provides a gentle introduction for other clinicians, educators, students, and art therapists who are new to the field. Dr. Silver's presentation of the material is eloquent and interesting to read." -Cheryle Earwood in the November issue of the journal, The Arts in Psychotherapy (Volume 37, issue 5)
"Dr. Silver's contributions to the fields of education,art therapy,and counseling cannot be measured. Her work consistently integrates creative methods with extensive research. The assessment tools she has developed are used internationally. This, her latest publication,is a most welcome addition to the literature and is sure to be appreciated by mental health professionals,as well as students and faculty within a wide range of human services." - Christine Turner LPC NCC ATR-BC, Chairperson, Department of Graduate Studies, Art Therapy, Marylhurst University "For decades,the groundbreaking Silver Drawing Test and Draw a Story by Dr.Rawley Silver has been an essential and reliable assessment tool used for diagnosing thousands of students by the clinical art therapists in Miami Dade County Public Schools. In this book, Dr. Silver analyzes the themes and implications behind her most commonly used stimulus drawings worldwide. As with Carl Jung's archetypes, the drawings and stories in this book have universal meanings." -Melinda Fedorko, ATR-BC, LMFT, NBCT, Board Certified Art Therapist and National Board Certified Teacher, Miami Dade County Public Schools "Written by one of our forerunners in the field of art therapy, Rawley Silver continues to provide evidence-based research to the art therapy profession. Using her own developed stimulus drawings and their metaphorical associations, she draws upon neuroscience and empathy to assess human behavior. Her findings lay a brilliant platform on which the mercurial aspect of clinical diagnosis can be more readily accessible." -Poppy Scheibel, M.S., ATR, CPC, Florida Art Therapy Association President Elect -
To order, contact
Purple French Press
(315) 445-8087

“Silver’s new book is an indispensable resource for all art therapists, as well anyone who works with at-risk youth. This is an exceptional reworking of her earlier work and includes new research, a wealth of applications in a range of settings, and a dynamic synthesis of Silver’s lifework.” - Donna Kaiser, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LPC, LMFT, Director of the Graduate Art Therapy Program at Albertus Magnus College  “This new book, which constitutes a compilation of major work by this brilliant author, is stunning in its scope. These assessment methods and research studies offer a unique and balanced blend of art and science that affords an understanding of both individual and universal elements of human emotion and cognition.” - Annette Shore, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC, Marylhurst University, Graduate Program in Art Therapy Counseling  “This book is an extraordinary accomplishment! Rawley Silver’s tools for identifying, assessing, and supporting children and adolescents at risk for violent behavior are a model for combining quantitative findings with qualitative analysis. I highly recommend this volume.” - Amy Ione, Director of the Diatrope Institute  “This is an exceptionally rich and useful book that is on the cutting edge of art therapy quantitative and qualitative research. In this complete and comprehensive book, Silver shares the best of her work thus far. I strongly recommend it be added to every professional library.” - Patricia St. John, EdD, ATR-BC, LCAT, immediate past-chair of the AATA Research Committee and Program Coordinator for the graduate art therapy programs at the College of New Rochelle
To order, contact:
Routledge, NYC
(800) 634-7064 International (859) 528-2230

Another major contribution to the art therapy and counseling literature by one of the most highly esteemed writers and researchers in the field." Christine Turner, LPC, NCC, ATR-BC, ACS, Chairperson, Department of Art Therapy, Marylhurst University.

“Today, as a decade ago, Silver’s book represents a landmark in the development of art therapy”
--ARTherapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.

“studies based on the ‘premise that art can be a language parallel to the written word’”
-NAEA News, A Publication of the National Art Education Association.