Nina Mathews is an immigrant from India who has worked as an Art Therapist for the Department of State Hospitals for the last 15 years. She currently supervises a multidisciplinary team of therapists to design creative, expressive arts rehabilitation interventions to assist in the rehabilitation of the severely mentally ill. She is a committee member of the annually held Multicultural Conference at the hospital which actively educates staff and other mental health professionals in the community on diversity and inclusivity. She has presented nationally and internationally on the efficacy of Art therapy and has taught as an adjunct professor of Psychopathology and Art therapy at Loyola Marymount University. She is a trainer and curriculum writer for the Trauma informed DSH State-wide TIC initiative committee and has been teaching a weekly Yoga class as a medical, physiological and psychological intervention for stress management and health maintenance. She is a published writer, poet and theatre director who has been on KPFK radio, college theatre and film. She is also a practicing visual artist who recently received a civic award for exhibiting at the Frida Kahlo ‘The dream is the truth’ show at the Buena Park Council chambers.