Frances E. Anderson is considered one of the pioneers of art therapy for her exceptional work in the field. She is one of the founders and an honorary lifetime member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Anderson is a researcher, a distinguished professor, an author, and the first art therapist to receive a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award. She has also served as the editor of Art Therapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, and as a member of the AATA Education and Program Approval Board. Anderson has worked with several populations including children with disabilities and adult survivors of incest. She has also worked extensively overseas through an organization entitled Communities Healing through Art, or CHART, which serves areas affected by natural and other disasters.