Jess Girard, Art Therapist

Jessica Girard, MA

Education: M.A. Art Therapy, The George Washington University

B.A. Studio Art/History, Brandeis University

Location: Pediatric Specialists of Virginia’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Joined Tracy’s Kids:  As an intern in 2011, and as an employee in 2012

Artistic Interests: Painting (oil, acrylic and watercolor) and collage

Favorite Artists: Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, and Jasper Johns

Three words to describe me:  Kind, creative, and passionate

Favorite Places: Cape Cod, New Hampshire, and South Africa

Reflection: By offering our patients and their families an individualized, self-guided, creative outlet for expression, we are able to help them navigate the extremely difficult, frightening, often chaotic journey through cancer treatment. Time and time again, I have seen a family’s experience in the clinic transformed by the power of the creative process. It is truly a privilege to witness the depth of courage and resilience shown by our patients and their families on a daily basis.

A highlight or accomplishment in my work this year: I helped to expand programming to Inova Children’s Hospital so that my patients and their families have access to in-patient art therapy services at the hospital!