Alessandra Colfi, Ph.D, ZIN® , Chair of our Expressive Arts Therapy Department,  holds a B.A. in Linguistics, a Master in Fine Art, and a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts Therapy. She facilitates Expressive Arts Therapy programs at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, North county Cancer Fitness, Yoga Vista, and Habitat for Humanity. Dr. Colfi is a member of San Diego Cancer Research Institute, Consciousness & Healing Initiative, a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Americans for the Arts, and Arts Health Network Canada.

Dr. Colfi has been using the arts for their therapeutic benefits for over 15 years in private and clinical settings assisting oncology patients and their families. Dr. Colfi received numerous awards for her artwork and volunteer service, and in 2014 she received an Award of Excellence for contributing to improving the quality of life of cancer patients in San Diego County with San Diego Cancer Research Institute.

Alessandra’s Creative Playshops™ are part of highly selected activities offered at:

  • Golden Door and Cal-A-Vie Spas

  • California Foundation for International Global Arts

  • TERI, Inc.

  • Four Season Resort Aviara

  • Deer Park Monastery

  • Cosmikids

  • DeepBlue

  • Caring Community - Living with Cancer

  • San Dieguito Adult Education

  • Mira Costa College

  • Fairwinds Retirement Community 


In the past:

  • The Unity Center

  • The Wellness Community

  • The Children School


Her award winning fine art and her unique Cardissima!™ Art Cards are featured at high-end stores and galleries in San Diego and nationwide.