Eileen Estes

Eileen Estes

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Room 306 - College of Education and Human Development

Dr. Estes' curriculum vita [PDF]

Educational Background

  • PhD, Counselor Education and Student Personnel Servies, University of Louisville, 2002
  • M.ED, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, University of Louisville, 2008
  • MA, Expressive Therapies, University of Louisville, 1991
  • BS, Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986

Teaching Areas

  • Art therapy methods, research in art therapy, practicum in art therapy, medical and grief counseling.

Research Interests

  • "The Relationship Between Hopelessness and Parenting Stress Among Mothers Diagnosed with Breast Cancer" A dissertation study in collaboration with Norton Healthcare's Cancer Resource Center. Completed: December, 2002.
  • "Understanding the Psychological Needs of the Adolescent Cancer Patient Through Art" Master's paper : Single case-study design Completed: April, 1991.
  • Grief counseling
  • Art therapy chronic/life threatening illness
  • Impact of trauma
  • Children/families in adoptive homes


  • Practicum/Internship
  • Ethics in Art Therapy and Counseling
  • Grief, Loss and Trauma

Professional Activities

  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System-Jefferson Community and Technical College Chair Rules Committee 2004-2006; Chair Early Childhood Education Advisory Board 2000-2006; Member Women’s Information Network (WIN) Committee 2000-2003.
  • Spalding University Dissertation Chair School of Education May, 2005 to Present.
  • Dissertation Committee Member College of Education May, 2005 to Present.
  • Wesley Manor Nursing Home Art Therapist Co-lead a monthly art therapy support group for Alzheimer patients January, 2004 to Present.
  • Kentucky Association for Early Childhood Education (KAECE) Board Vice President for Communication January – December, 2004.

Honors & Awards

  • Special Recognition Award, 2002-2003/2005-2006, Jefferson Community and Technical College

Professional Memberships

  • American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)