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


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1966 The role of art in the conceptual thinking, adjustment, and aptitudes of deaf and aphasic children. Doctoral dissertation, NY, Columbia University, University Microfilms (No. 66-8230)

1967 A demonstration project in art education for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Project #6-8598 supported by U.S. Office of Education, Bureau of Research grant, ERIC ED No. 013 009

1968 "Art education and the education of deaf students," Co-author, John Harrington, The Volta Review, 70 (60) 475-48. Reprinted in Curriculum, cognition, and content, Washington, D.C., A.G. Bell Assn, 1968.

1969-1976 "Shout in Silence: Visual arts and the deaf," Exhibition circulated by the Smithsonian Institution, Metropolitan Museum of Art catalogue

1970 "Art and the deaf," Bulletin of Art Therapy, 9 (2) 63-67.

1972 The transfer of cognition and attitudes of deaf and aphasic children through art. Springfield IL: State of Illinois Instructional Materials Center No. 62706.

1973 "A study of Cognitive skills development through art experiences," Project No. 147 232 101 supported by NY State Urban Education grant.ERIC ED 084745

1975a "Children with communication disorders: cognitive and artistic development," American Journal of Art Therapy, 14 (2) 39-47

1975b "Clues to cognitive functioning in the drawings of stroke patients," American Journal of Art Therapy, 15 (1) 3-8

1976 "Using art to develop cognitive skills," American Journal of Art Therapy, 16 (1) 11-19

1977a "The question of Imagination, originality, and abstract thinking by deaf children," American Annals of the Deaf, 122 (3) 349-354

1980 Assessing and developing cognitive skills in handicapped children through art, Co-authors E. Boeve, K. Hayes, J. Itzler, C. Lavin, J O'Brien, N. Terner, & P. Wohlberg. Project No. G 79 008, supported by National Institute of Education grant, ERIC Ed No. 209 878.

1981/​1982/​1986/​1996/​2002 Stimulus Drawings & Techniques in Therapy, Development, and Assessment, NY: Trillium Books

1982 "Developing cognitive skills through art," in Lillian G. Katz (Ed.) Current Topics in Early Childhood Education, Vol 4, 143-171. NJ; Ablex Publishing Co.ERIC ED 207674

1983a/​1990/​1996/​2002. Silver Drawing Test of Cognitive and Creative Skills. Seattle, WA: Special Child Publications; NY: Ablin Press

1983b "Identifying gifted handicapped children through their drawings," ARTherapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association 1 (1) 40-46.
Reprinted in Wellsprings, 1986 1 (3) 7-14. ERIC EJ No. 295 217

1984 "The stimulus drawing technique with adult psychiatric patients, stroke patients, and in adolescent art therapy," Co-authors Louise Sandburg and Kristen Vilstrup. ARTherapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association 1 (3) 132-140

1987 "Sex differences in the emotional content of drawings," ARTherapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 4(2) 67-77.

1988 "Screening children and adolescents for depression through Draw a Story," American Journal of Art Therapy, 26 (4) 119-124.

1988/​1993/​2002 Draw A Story, Screening for Depression and Emotional Needs, NY: Ablin Press

1991 "Using the Silver Drawing Test in school and Hospital." Coauthor, F. Carrion. American Journal of Art Therapy, 30 (2) 36-43.

1992 "Gender differences in drawings: A study of self-images, autonomous subjects, and relationships." ARTherapy, Journal of the Amercian Art Therapy Association, 9 (2) 85-92.ERIC EJ 502638

1993b "Assessing the emotional content of drawings by older adults," American Journal of Art Therapy (32 (2) 46-52.

1996a "Gender differences in the spatial abilities of adolescents," ARTherapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 13 (2) 118-120. ERIC EJ 530 390.

1998b "Gender parity and disparity in spatial skills," ARTherapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 15 (1) 38-46.

1999b "Differences among aging and young adults in attitudes and cognition," ARTherapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 16 (3), 133-139.

2001 "Assessing and developing cognitive skills through art." In Judith A. Rubin, (Ed.)
Approaches to Art Therapy, pp.241-253). NY: Brunner-Rouledge

2002a "The Silver Drawing Test of Cognition and Emotion," In Cathy A. Malchiodi (Ed) Handbook of Art Therapy, pp. 410-419. New York; The Guilford Press.

2002b Three Art Assessments, Silver Drawing Test, Draw A Story, and Stimulus Drawings and Techniques. New York, Brunner-Routledge; London, Taylor & Francis.

2003 "Cultural differences and similarities in responses to the Silver Drawing Test in the U.S.A., Brazil, Russia, Estonia, Thailand, and Australia." ARTherapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association,
20 (1), 16-20.

2004 "Screening for Aggression Using the Draw A Story Assessment," Earwood,C., Fedorko, M., Holtzman , E., Montanari, L., and Silver, R. ARTherapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association 21 (3), 156-162

2005 Aggression and Depression Assessed Through Art, Using Draw A Story to Identify Children and Adolescents at Risk , New York, Brunner-Routledge

2007 "Looking back from 2005 to 1962," Chapter in Art Therapy Memoirs, Maxine Junge and Harriet Wadeson (Eds) Springfield, Il. Charles C. Thomas.

2007. Assessing and Developing the cognitive skills of deaf children and adolescents through art, Chapter in Visually Speaking, The Inner Language of the Deaf, edited by Ellen G. Horovitz. Springfield, Il.Charles C. Thomas.

2007. The Silver Drawing Test and Draw A Story, Assessing Depression, Aggression, and Cognitive Skills, New York: Routledge; UK: Taylor & Francis.

2009. Identifying Children and Adolescents with Depression: Review of the Stimulus Drawing Task and Draw A Story Research, ArtTherapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 26 (4) 174-180.

"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
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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.