CONTRIBUTOR

Marlena Davis is a mental health advocate, behavior specialist, volunteer, left-hander, vegetarian, photographer, animal-lover,  artist, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and graduate student who lives with depression and anxiety. Marlena graduated from Toll Gate High School, received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Rhode Island, attained a Masters of Arts in counseling from Rhode Island College and has completed the CAGS program in Mental Health Counseling at RIC.  Marlena has worked with children, adolescents and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities for over 19 years and she is passionate about the use of expressive arts with this population. She is an artist who creates mostly in the mediums of drawing, painting, mixed media, ceramics, and photography. She operates a small photography business, Pix By Marlena, where she sells prints and a yearly calendar. She also has participated in a photo-a-day project for the past four years, which sometimes focuses on certain themes including living with mental illness. Marlena has been a volunteer at PeaceLove since November 2013.