Dispatch 91: Alumni Spotlight - Dr. Arielle Dance

Arielle Dance, PhD

Arielle Dance, PhD

Each month in my email update to the community, we feature a spotlight on accomplished alumni, students, and faculty members. Beginning this week, I will also be posting these on my blog.

The January 2019 Newsletter featured Alumna Arielle Dance, Ph.D. She is inspirational and provides an example of why Saybrook is truly distinctive.


Arielle Dance, Ph.D., is a 2017 graduate of the Mind Body Medicine PhD program. A member of the Fall 2013 cohort, Arielle was introduced to Saybrook University’s MBM program when her friend and East Coast colleague was accepted. After being rejected by a dozen doctoral programs, each of which could not support her unique research ideas, Arielle finally found a home in Saybrook University. It was a breath of fresh air to find a haven that understood the language she used and recognized that her work is possible.

Since crossing the stage in August 2017, Arielle remains connected to the Endometriosis research community. Just 10 days after passing her dissertation oral defense, Arielle presented her pilot study research at the World Congress on Endometriosis in Vancouver, Canada. Earlier this year, Arielle was published in the BMJ along with scholars from George Mason University and the Endometriosis Foundation of America. The research investigates how adolescents in the New York area perceive endometriosis symptoms. Most recently, Arielle has been appointed to the Board of Directors for a developing non-profit, Sunday Born Flags, that focuses on the art of healing through movement, touch, and empowerment. Additionally, Arielle is an aspiring children’s literature author and has two children’s books pending publication. Both books aim to explain invisible illnesses, compassion, and inclusive family structure to young children.


Gupta J, Cardoso LF, Harris CS, Dance AD, Seckin T, Baker, N, & Ferguson, YO. How do adolescent girls and boys perceive symptoms suggestive of endometriosis among their peers? Findings from focus group discussions in New York City. BMJ Open 2018;8:e020657. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020657