Director, Foundation Culture, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Peter Andrew Danzig (they/them) LSW, MSS, MA, CCPT, CPT is a Culture Change-maker, Senior Leadership Strategist, Psychotherapist, Play and Toy analyst, and Diversity and Inclusion Professional in the Greater Philadelphia region. When not working within larger systems to elicit cultural change and impact, Peter consistently finds ways to integrate their lived experience to further social justice work. Peter’s research and practice interests are invested in community mental health, theories on adult play and the ways it frames our social interactions, and trauma informed work with clients and artists/creatives. Peter’s clinical approach is rooted in holistic, relational and humanistic theory. They believe in a strengths-based perspective, recognizing the resiliency in their clients.
Peter’s research and Op-Eds have been featured in Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Gay News, The Might, and others. Prior to their work in mental health and organizational dynamics, Peter worked in administration and performance arts for over 15 years. Peter received their MSS degree from Bryn Mawr College and was the L. Diane Bernard fund for LGBTQ and Human Sexuality Scholar recipient. Peter has experience in senior leadership and administration providing case management and counseling in a variety of setting including hospitals, higher education, and non-profit arts agencies. In 2014, Peter founded Theatrical Trainer, a non-profit research collective dedicated to social service and wellness for artists across the country. Peter’s research investigated the biopsychosocial impacts of mental health and artists/creatives. Peter also serves as a Commissioner for the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs in Philadelphia.
Additionally, Peter is amongst one of the first APA approval modality cohorts of therapists researching and normalizing geek culture, “nerdom,” and affirming care that integrates pop culture and community healing. Peter has researched and presented nationally on the impacts of toys, design, and play on neurology throughout the life-span.
Their upcoming book, Don’t Toy with Me: A geek’s road to acceptance, calm and expression by Leyline Publishing is due out in 2023.
When not public speaking on the Queer experience, they can be found watching Sailor Moon, enjoying homemade CubanX food, 90s kitchen dance parties with their French Bulldogs, or learning humility in the human experience through their interactions with anyone willing to enjoy coffee or tea, and vulnerability.
Peter’s Intersections: LatinX, Gender Queer Person living with an invisible disability.
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