- Founder and Director, UCLArts and Healing
Ping Ho, MA, MPH has been an organizer in integrative medicine at UCLA since 1985. Besides being the founding Director of UCLArts and Healing, she was the founding administrative analyst for both the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine and the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). In the latter role, she had the privilege of writing for Norman Cousins (including several chapters in his last two books –The Pathology of Power and Head First: The Biology of Hope), and co-writing the professional autobiography of George F. Solomon, M.D., founder of the field of PNI (From Psyche to Soma and Back).
Ms. Ho began her academic and professional journey at Stanford University, where she received a B.A. in psychology with honors. After obtaining an M.A. in counseling psychology with specialization in exercise physiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she served as Project Coordinator for a landmark study on exercise and lipoproteins at Stanford Heart Disease Prevention Program (now Stanford Prevention Research Center) and was appointed to spearhead the still-thriving Health Improvement Program for Stanford University faculty and staff. This led to an extensive background as a health educator in corporate and public sectors and nearly 20 years in private practice as an exercise specialist, often for persons with disabilities. Ms. Ho also has a full resumé as a performing artist.
Ms. Ho subsequently obtained her M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from UCLA School of Public Health, and founded UCLArts and Healing, which facilitates the use of arts-based tools for mind-body healing in the community as a vehicle for empowerment and transformation. She was recently appointed to the Council of Advisers for the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, a national network of educational organizations and agencies in complementary and alternative medicine.
Ho P, Chinen K, Streja L, Kreitzer MJ, and Sierpina V. Teaching Group Drumming to Mental Health Professionals. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing, 7(3):200-202, 2011.
Ho, Ping; Tsao, Jennie C.I.; Bloch, Lian; and Zeltzer, Lonnie. The Impact of Group Drumming on Social-Emotional Behavior in Low-Income Children. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2011, Article ID 250708, 14 pages, 2011. doi: 10.1093/ecam/neq072.
Solomon GF, Ho P. From Psyche to Soma and Back. Xlibris Corporation, 2000.