Kathline Colvin © Katie Johnson

As the Founder and Director of Healthy Artists – Pacifica Psychological Services, Dr. Kathline Colvin offers specialized services for creative and performing artists, integrating the psychological principles of mind-body wellness with artistic practices, to promote and nurture the highest quality of care. Dr. Colvin has enjoyed a lifelong experience of being a musician, and as a clinical psychologist she continues to develop a confluence of these ideas to apply to successful artmaking, while considering art itself as the medicine that heals.

In addition to Healthy Artists activities, Dr. Colvin lectures for various artists’ educational programs, museums and galleries’ series, and for performing arts organizations. She is a frequent speaker and workshop leader for the Creativity and Madness and Women of Resilience conferences in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Colvin has also offered presentations for the Performing Arts Medicine Association,  the Dance Resource Center and the Spotlight Academy at The Music Center in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Colvin has authored articles on health and wellness, creativity, and interdisciplinary studies in psychology and the arts. She recently contributed a chapter for Volume 3 of Creativity and Madness: Psychological Studies of Art and Artists, edited by Barry M. Panter, MD, PhD., titled Beverly Sills: Music As The Medicine That Heals. Dr. Colvin is presently writing a book, exploring the confluence of psychological principles and artmaking ideas, scheduled for publication next year.

The Healthy Artists Workshop Series includes specifically designed workshops to support the well-being and artistic endeavors of creative and performing artists. These workshops are offered in person and over online platforms. Some topics offered include: Art Can Heal Your Life, Transformative Effects of Wellness Therapies, The Personal Magic of Self-Esteem, What About Stress, and The Calming Clinic: Successful Performances and Auditions in Spite of the Nerves. 

Prior to her work as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Colvin was trained in Music and Theater Arts in New York City and Los Angeles. During her professional career as a musician she performed as a singer and pianist in classical and popular music venues, in Musical Theater productions, and worked as a Stage Director and Stage Manager in regional opera houses. 

Following her graduate studies in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Colvin completed fellowships at Yale University School of Medicine and at Cornell University Medical College. After her training, she worked as a Clinical Psychologist in New York City, and later returned to Southern California to establish her private practice.  Dr. Colvin has worked as a clinical and research psychologist, and taught psychology at New York Hospital – Cornell University Medical College, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Alliant International University – California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, and at Saddleback College. Her research in moods and the creative process has made a unique contribution to understanding the development of the creative personality.