jennifer drake

Drake, Jennifer E.

Academic Appointments:

Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Faculty, Developmental Psychology, and Cognitive and Comparative Psychology, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Degree(s):

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
M.A., Developmental Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
B.F.A., Dance, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, NY
B.A., Psychology, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, NY

Research Focus:

My research program focuses on the psychology of the visual arts. In one line of research, I examine the emotion regulation benefits of engaging in drawing for children and adults. I have found that drawing improves mood over a single session and over time when used as a form of distraction rather than as a form of expression. This research informs our understanding of the value and impact of the arts and how the everyday activity of art-making may be associated with recovery (and reframing) from trauma including those suffering from cancer. In a second line of research, I study the cognitive and perceptual processes underlying graphic representation skills in autistic, non-autistic, and gifted children. I have found that realistic drawing talent is unrelated to IQ, and that children gifted in graphic representation exhibit perceptual strengths also seen in individuals with autism.

Selected Publications:

Turturro, N., & Drake, J. E. (in press). Does coloring reduce anxiety? Comparing the psychological and psychophysiological benefits of coloring versus drawing. Empirical Studies of the Arts.

Genuth, A., & Drake, J. E. (2021). The benefits of drawing to regulate sadness and anger: Distraction versus expression. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 15, 91-99.

Drake, J. E. (2021). How drawing to distract improves mood in children. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 622927. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.622927

Drake, J. E. (2019). Examining the psychological and psychophysiological benefits of drawing over one month. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 13, 338-347.

James, C., Drake, J. E., & Winner, E. (2018). Expression vs. distraction: An investigation of contrasting emotion regulation strategies when drawing, writing, talking, and thinking. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 36, 162-179.

Turturro, N., & Drake, J. E. (in press). Does coloring reduce anxiety? Comparing the psychological and psychophysiological benefits of coloring versus drawing. Empirical Studies of the Arts.

Genuth, A., & Drake, J. E. (in press). The benefits of drawing to regulate sadness and anger: Distraction versus expression. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Drake, J. E. (2019). Examining the psychological and psychophysiological benefits of drawing over one month. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 13, 338-347.

James, C., Drake, J. E., & Winner, E. (2018). Expression vs. distraction: An investigation of contrasting emotion regulation strategies when drawing, writing, talking, and thinking. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 36, 162-179.

Drake, J. E., Hastedt, I., & James, C. (2016). Drawing to distract: Examining the psychological benefits of drawing over time. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. 10, 325-331.

Patents:

None

Grants over the last 5 years:

  • Drake, Co-PI

National Science Foundation, #1757560

Intensive Mentored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Psychology and Neuroscience at an Urban Public College

04/01/21 – 03/31/24

  • Drake, Co-PI

National Science Foundation, #1757560

Intensive Mentored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Psychology and Neuroscience at an Urban Public College

04/15/18 – 03/31/21

  • Drake, PI

John Templeton Foundation Imagination Institute

Assessing and Fostering Visual Imagination Through Drawing

07/01/15 – 06/30/17

  • Drake, PI

National Endowment for the Arts

Expressive Drawing: Examining the Long-term Psychological and Psychophysiological Benefits 07/01/14 – 06/30/16