Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Hofstra’s Department of Counseling, Research, Special Education and Rehabilitation, and teaches in the Creative Arts Therapy graduate program. Dr. Elkis-Abuhoff holds both psychology and creative arts therapy licenses in New York state. Her research interests bring together the areas of behavioral medicine and creative arts therapy/medical art therapy. This allows her to bring diverse, up-to-date information to students. Her recent research includes the use of clay manipulation with individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and she has explored the creation of mandala drawings as an assessment tool with breast cancer patients. She and her research team have published in peerreviewed journals, and have presented to national and international audiences. Dr. Elkis-Abuhoff recently returned from the World Parkinson Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, where she was an invited featured speaker. There she had the opportunity to introduce her clay manipulation project, and she ran two additional workshops, allowing attendees to engage in the therapeutic value of the clay manipulation process. Dr. Elkis-Abuhoff’s diverse experiences include work with geriatric, psychiatric, child, adolescent and family, and medical populations. Dr. Elkis-Abuhoff is active in the local hospital community and received an appointment to the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research as adjunct faculty, assistant investigator, at the Center of Neuroscience. She is also a member of the internal review boards at both Hofstra University and South Oaks Hospital.