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Donna Rockwell, PsyD
Donna Rockwell, PsyD is Associate Faculty at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Language and Communication from Hampshire College, a Master of Arts in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University, and is an alumna of the MA and PsyD programs from the Center for Humanistic Studies, now MiSPP. She served as the MiSPP Community Outreach and Public Relations Liaison for the past seven years, responsible for developing media contacts, community relationships, and designing all community outreach efforts for the school. As Associate Faculty, Dr. Rockwell has taught: foundations of qualitative research, professional writing, core concepts of humanistic psychology, human science research, application of qualitative research, community outreach in psychology, and mindfulness and psychotherapy.
With expertise developed over 15 years in Shambhala International meditation training and the Harvard University Continuing Education Program in Meditation and Psychotherapy, Dr. Rockwell secured a grant through which she created and teaches the Mindfulness curriculum in the MiSPP doctoral program. She is conducting research in mindfulness and its role in doctoral training in clinical psychology, which she has presented at annual meetings of the APA. Dr. Rockwell also has a research interest in media psychology. Her research findings on the psychology of fame and celebrity were published in the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, in: Being a Celebrity: A Phenomenology of Fame, as well as a chapter in the book: Film and Television Stardom.
In her clinical work, Dr. Rockwell is a staff psychologist at the Center for Creative Living, a humanistic psychotherapy clinic in Royal Oak, Michigan, where she works with individuals, couples and adolescents. She conducts breast cancer support groups in Beaumont Hospital’s Caring and Sharing program, and teaches mindful-awareness stress reduction classes to patients, doctors, and staff. Dr. Rockwell is a former TV journalist, covering Capitol Hill, the White House, and national politics for CNN and WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. She has a regular column in Detroit’s Ambassador Magazine: Being & Becoming, and is a mental health contributor on WDIV-TV News.
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