Lise Motherwell

Lise Motherwell, PhD, PsyD is a retired licensed psychologist and President of the Board of PAAM.  Prior to becoming a clinician, she earned a PhD in Learning and Epistemology from MIT’s Media Lab where she studied learning styles and gender differences in how children interact with computers.  Her clinical specialties included child, family, individual assessment and treatment, and a specialization in group therapy.  Her interests lie in meaning-making and in the intersection between creativity, play, self-reflection, social connection and art.

Lise Motherwell spent her formative years in a household of artists: her father, Robert Motherwell, her stepmother Helen Frankenthaler, and her sister, Jeannie Motherwell. Surrounded by numerous creative minds and immersed in the New York art world, she developed a passion for travel, art history and museums..  In 2012, Lise co-curated with Daniel Ranalli Beside the Sea, an exhibition of her father’s work and in 2018, co-curated with Elizabeth Smith a show of Helen Frankenthaler’s work titled Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown at PAAM, which traveled to the Parrish Museum in 2019.  She has written articles and essays on various artists, including Helen Frankenthaler, Anne-Marie Levine, Robert Motherwell, and Tabitha Vevers. Along with her board work at PAAM, she serves as Vice President of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Board and is a past-president of the board of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Foundation.