Jeff Evans is First Year Seminar Program Head, and he has been teaching in the RC since 1976. He is also Director of Training for the adult postdoctoral fellowship program at the UM Hospital’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Jeff’s teaching focus is the psychology and neuropsychology of the creative process, and his abiding interest is the ways in which a biological organ – the brain – makes possible complex and subtle experience and behavior.
Jeff’s clinical focus at the hospital is the diagnosis and treatment of people with injuries and illnesses that affect the brain. His work at the hospital and at the RC inform each other. He is currently participating in a project that will train professional artists to facilitate creative activity with hospital patients at the bedside. He also sponsors students interested in a hospital volunteer experience that involves assisting staff in their work with patients who are cognitively impaired.
Topics in the Science of Creativity (First-year Seminar)
Art, Mind, and Medicine
Creative Thinking and Practice: an Interdisciplinary Introduction to the Creative Arts
“The Science of Creativity and Health,” in Serlin, Ilene (ed.), Whole Person Healthcare, Praeger, Westport CT, 2007.
Review of Picasso’s Guernica: The Genesis of a Painting, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 2(3):179-181, 2008.
"Enhancing Cognition, Communication, and Behavior" In Mauk:, KL (Ed): Rehabilitating Nursing (Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers) 2011. (With Dana Hanifan).
"Why the Medical Model Needs Disability Studies (and vice-versa): A Perspective from Rehabilitation Psychology, Disability Studies Quarterly 24,(4), Fall 2004