Publications and Appearances

Devin Scillian sits down to discuss how to deal with difficult conversations with family regarding the 2016 election.This weeks guests include:Dr. Gerald Shiener, Professor of psychiatry at Wayne state,  Dr. Donna Rockwell, Clinical psychologist, Cynthia Reynolds, Clinical social worker

Devin Scillian sits down to discuss how to deal with difficult conversations with family regarding the 2016 election.This weeks guests include:Dr. Gerald Shiener, Professor of psychiatry at Wayne state,  Dr. Donna Rockwell, Clinical psychologist, Cynthia Reynolds, Clinical social worker

Four Hollywood shrinks predict what November 9 is going to look like in Hollywood and America, from "a rise in anti-anxiety meds if Trump's elected" to "a great absence of stimulI" once the "schoolyard bully fight" is over.

"We can’t have a situation like in Dallas when Bobby comes back and it was all a dream. It’ s not a dream. ...We became addicted to the drama and we have had so much drama this cycle, so we are going to have to take our time and fill it with more productive experiences to get over the hangover this election will leave."

11/8/2016 by Jane Carlson        Tim Bower/The Hollywood Reporter

11/8/2016 by Jane Carlson        Tim Bower/The Hollywood Reporter

  • Chapter on the value of mindfulness in clinical psychology in NEW BOOK

Rockwell, D. & Valle, R. (2016), Mindfulness as Therapy: How Buddhist psychology contributes to enhancing therapist efficacy and client outcomes, in The Changing Faces of Therapy:  Evolving perspectives in clinical practice and assessment (Ron Valle, Ed.), San Francisco, CA: Argosy University.

The Changing Faces of Therapy can be purchased here.

  • Talking about mindfulness with Sharon Salzberg on the KATIE Show

Everybody's Meditating on the Katie Couric Show  - Two meditation experts weigh in on the question of how mindfulness can be achieved: Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness, and clinical psychologist Donna Rockwell. They discuss what mindfulness is and how the techniques can be applied to everyday life. When Rockwell demonstrates two breathing practices, the whole audience seems to be participating: eyes shut, backs straight, sitting in silence. July 9, 2014

Joy, in the end, is not a giddy affair. Joy is laced with sympathy and empathy and awareness of the impermanence that cradles us tenderly during our time together.

Mom & ME in Bequia

Mom & ME in Bequia

  • Interviewed about celebrity culture on NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

What does it mean to crave fame?

On Tuesday, The New York Times published a piece titled "What Drives Donald Trump? Fear of Losing Status, Tapes Show."...Alex Cohen spoke with Donna Rockwell about what drives a craving to be in the limelight. Rockwell is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in celebrity mental health. 

Donald Trump in "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice." NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Donald Trump in "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice." NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

  • Quoted on celebrity and fame addiction in THE FIX

CAN YOU REALLY BE ADDICTED TO FAME?

DUFFLYN LAMMERS

DUFFLYN LAMMERS

REBECCA FORD

REBECCA FORD

  • Commenting on the impact of fame on children in THE CHEAT SHEET

Are Child Stars More Likely to Use Drugs and Alcohol?

“I found that fame is an addiction,” said Dr. Donna Rockwell, a clinical psychologist with a focus on celebrity psychology told The Cheat Sheet. “That people find themselves addicted to the fame experience in very much the same way that people get addicted to any sort of neurological experience.”

NICOLE WEAVER               Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap | Disney

NICOLE WEAVER               Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap | Disney

  • Research on psychology of fame & celebrity cited in THE NEW YORK TIMES

Love People, Not Pleasure - NYTimes.com

The New York Times - Arthur C. Brooks

Jul 18, 2014 - What do fame, wealth and lots of sex bring? Exactly the opposite of what you think.

"That’s the paradox of fame. Just like drugs and alcohol, once you become addicted, you can’t live without it. But you can’t live with it, either. Celebrities have described fame like being “an animal in a cage; a toy in a shop window; a Barbie doll; a public facade; a clay figure; or, that guy on TV,” according to research by the psychologist Donna Rockwell. Yet they can’t give it up."

TRAININGS & CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

TELEVISION APPEARANCES, MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT ON WDIV-TV, DETROIT

WDIV Detroit-Nov 1, 2016 - Suicide in the country has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years. The rise is particularly steep for women, but overall affecting virtually every age group and gender...

BLOGPOSTS by Dr. Donna

MINDFULNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE - The Huffington Post

FULL HUFFINGTON POST BLOG COLLECTION HERE

SELECTED POSTS

Wake Up! How To Meditate [part two] - ANEWDOMAIN.nET

Here's part two of mindfulness expert Donna Rockwell's continuing series, Wake Up. In this installment, she'll help you learn how to meditate. Enjoy. ... 

Wake Up! How To Achieve Mindfulness [tips] - aNewDomain.NET

In the first installment of her Wake Up! series, expert Dr. Dr. Donna Rockwell explains why and how to achieve mindfulness. Here's how to do it., Jan 30, 2015

 

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: After the Honeymoon: A Memo on Marriage

The Huffington Post

This willingness to learn may be the secret to a happy marriage: having a broad rather than limited view of a situation, expressing empathy rather than defensiveness, knowing that partnership is less about getting individual needs met, and more about contributing to something greater than oneself -- the family. Whether comprising two members or more, family grounds our daily lives, providing the intricate constellation of our existence. And nothing supports a person's healthy development more than living within an emotionally intelligent family system. As author Daniel Goleman points out, "current trends in marriage and divorce make emotional intelligence more crucial than ever."

... By cultivating tolerance for our own feelings, and softening to one another rather than constricting, healthy and mindful marriages have a fighting chance.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-in-everyday-l_4_b_5788380.html?utm_hp_ref=weddings&ir=Weddings

9.15.14

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: The Space Around Thoughts -- Mind the Gap

The Huffington Post

Life. Running here and there. Preoccupied with this and that. Swept away by one thought or another.

We barely have time enough to notice time passing, never mind the preposterous proposition, dare I say, to notice not just our thoughts, but the space around them: a momentary peripheral reverberation, an infinitesimal synaptic break between cognitions, the very slightest of pauses, a hiccup in the assembly line of thought production, when thought-after-thought-after-thought finally cease cascading like dominoes, responsible for the myopic blur that so often stands against our yearning for greater sanity. It's too bad, really, because in between is where the magic lies.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-in-everyday-l_3_b_5457123.html

7.8.14

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Embracing Your Sensuality: 6 Steps to Enhancing Your Sex Life

The Huffington Post

Being mindfully in touch with your sexuality is nothing more than giving yourself permission to have fun in the moment: to lighten up and stop taking everything so seriously -- to be in the present and connect, and to be honestly who you are. No matter on what continent you find yourself, whether in New Jersey, Beijing, Lagos or London, wanting to be happy seems to be an international obsession. Thus wanting to find love and stay in love is another coveted life-goal, made possible only if both people are willing to develop "sensual selves" who are embraced and cultivated and brought lovingly to the fore. It takes guts to awaken our unique sexuality. It takes fortitude to continue to develop as sensual beings. But think how much we'd be missing without it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-practice_b_5519407.html

6.24.14

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Desperately Seeking Happiness (It's Easier Than You Think)

The Huffington Post

"Authentic" happiness is never lost. Since it is burned into the very essence of our being, happiness remains a touchstone within us that can be accessed at any time, believe it or not, no matter what is going on around us. We need only conjure up joyful images or remember an event or moment, and we are there, alive in the energy of our own pure contentment. Happiness, we come to see, is not out there in what we can acquire or externally achieve; it is a place we discover within, a place that we can return to at will, reconnecting with the richness of our own human life.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-practice_b_5160201.html

4.17.14

Mindfulness in Everyday Life -- So You Want to Be Famous? What You Need to Know About Celebrity

The Huffington Post

The negatives of being famous are hardly ever discussed in the media in favor of coverage emphasizing the excessively lavish celebrity lifestyle, giving us a glimpse inside a world beyond our reach. Yet, witnessing the downside of fame could serve as a reminder to focus on our own lives instead, acknowledge and celebrate those people we most admire, and see that we, too, are celebrities in the eyes of others. While the grass may always seem greener on the rich and famous side of the fence, gratitude of what we already have is a more surefire approach to happiness than public acclaim, to no matter what height, could ever deliver.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-in-everyday-l_2_b_4818606.html

3.13.14

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Sitting in a Darkened Theater -- Movies and the Mind

The Huffington Post

From late 19th century celluloid to the multi-layered, digital images of today, real life becomes a mere substitute for life glorified on the film reel. Movies give voice to political commentary, national dialogue, and pursue explorations of self-discovery. Norma Rae (1979) showed the exploitation of workers and the power of the union, Schindler's List (1993) portrayed the plight of Holocaust Jews, Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) documented filmmaker Michael Moore's view of President Bush and the Iraq war, and this year's 12 Years a Slave portrays the horror of slavery and roots of discrimination in America's history. Movies model the best of times and the worst of times, providing a subtle, unconscious blueprint for how to understand ourselves and our world, engendering in us, perhaps, a more mindful and compassionate way of being.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-movies_b_4827320.html

2.28.14

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: My Day with the Dalai Lama -- A Primer for Happiness

The Huffington Post

After seeing President Obama meet with the Dalai Lama, I remembered my special day with him. On that day, the Dalai Lama smiled, shaking his head. There is no difference between the East and the West, he said. Everyone has the same "mind," so every person has the chance to gain enlightenment -- the ability to live a joyful life. He was sitting in a packed ballroom, talking to a group of American researchers investigating the scientific underpinnings of compassion.

Every spring, I attend the Meditation and Psychotherapy Conference at Harvard Medical School. To my delight, one year the keynote speaker was to be His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the exiled leader of Tibet, who is considered a "living Buddha." I saw this as the chance of a lifetime. After all, I was going to spend the day with the Dalai Lama, a man who has dedicated his life to understanding the "big questions" of existence.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness_b_4834090.html

2.21.14

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: How to Meditate: 18 Tips to Successful Sitting Practice

The Huffington Post

In order to lead a more enlightened life, it is important, first of all, to understand how the human mind works. We are often unknowing prisoners of our minds, swept away by whatever thought we may be having at the time. We give our thoughts too much power.

Lost in regretting the past, or catastrophizing about the future, we miss out on experiencing the present moment, where all the promise and true joy lie. This video, recorded in Lhasa, Tibet in May 2012, is a brief "how-to-meditate" guide. It describes using the breath as an anchor to the present moment, in order to cultivate a more mindful, meaningful and happy life.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-practice_b_4632834.html

1.22.14

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Compassion and the Art of Having Fun

The Huffington Post

The world is a competitive place. That is why it's important to remember the value of kindness and compassion, or we might be taken over by a will to succeed at all costs and never have any fun or experience true joy. There is a quote from the Dalai Lama: "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion," the Dalai Lama says. "If you want to be happy, practice compassion." Apparently, in order to be happy, we better learn about compassion.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-compassion_b_4356626.html

12.2.13

True Stories About Sitting Meditation

Shambhala Sun Magazine

Four well-known Buddhist meditation teachers — Charlotte Joko Beck, Joseph Goldstein, Sylvia Boorstein and Sharon Salzberg talk to DONNA ROCKWELL about their own experiences of self-discovery through sitting meditation.

A decade ago I found myself learning how to meditate. I took to meditation right away, and it transformed my relationship to life. I began to question all sorts of things, including my concept of self. Later, when I enrolled at the Center for Humanistic Studies in Detroit for a graduate degree in humanistic and clinical psychology, I knew the topic I would choose for my thesis: meditation. I read much of the popular dharma literature and felt I came to know many of the authors. Yet I often wondered, what were their meditative journeys like? Had they squirmed in meditation halls like I did when I first began sitting? I decided to investigate by asking four Buddhist meditation teachers, Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck and Insight Meditation Society teachers Joseph Goldstein, Sylvia Boorstein and Sharon Salzberg my thesis question: “What is the experience of self-discovery through meditation?”

http://www.lionsroar.com/true-stories-about-sitting-meditation-from-charlotte-joko-beck-joseph-goldstein-sylvia-boorstein-and-sharon-salzberg/

Existentialism and the DSM-5: Humanizing Mental Health

The New Existentialists

What is the link between existentialism and a manual that gives most people on the planet their mental health diagnoses? From Major Depressive Disorder, to ADHD, to Asperger’s Syndrome, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the book in which psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals find the codes needed that allow insurance companies to cover the treatments provided. Sad to say, these labels often become the identity by which many people come to see themselves for the rest of their lives.

Humanizing mental health treatment has been a long time in coming. In other words, it’s high time that focus be turned to more humane approaches to healthcare treatment, in mental health fields, and beyond.

http://www.saybrook.edu/newexistentialists/posts/01-26-12

Journey to the East

The New Existentialists

I am taking mindfulness to the East.

It is something that I am rather excited about, and would never have imagined twenty years ago when, as a former TV news producer and then stay-at-home mom, I came upon a book by meditation teacher, Pema Chodron. I read this book voraciously, claiming it as the Holy Grail I had always sought. The book was called The Wisdom of No Escape. “Get it?” I used to say to people. “The wisdom? Of no escape? Get it?” Despite the quizzical looks I would get from pretty much everybody, after that nothing in my life was ever the same.

Editor's note:  this is a summary of research findings that Donna Rockwell, PsyD, presented in China at the Second International Conference on Existential Psychology on mindfulness in clinical psychology training, May 24 - 27, 2012, in Shanghai.

http://www.saybrook.edu/newexistentialists/posts/12-14-11

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: The Trials of Michael Jackson: How Fame Killed the King of Pop

The Huffington Post

Mindfulness is an excellent intervention to help those in the public eye retain the requisite self-awareness to inoculate them against the greater ravages of the fame experience.

... There is a dirty little secret about fame, though. And it is something you find out only after you become famous, and then, it is too late. Fame isn't all it's cracked up to be. Ironically, fame can be life altering in ways that forever rob the celebrity of the essential ingredients of satisfaction and a meaning-filled life.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-in-everyday-l_b_3768846.html

8.19.13


Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Famed Journalist Daniel Schorr Teaches Lasting Life Lessons

The Huffington Post

Dan was a model of get-it-done-right journalism: not for the sake of personal fame and fortune, but to get the story and get it right, and, most importantly, to keep working at it until you do. ... [I]n many ways the lessons Dan's life teaches, go on. Reporters and bloggers can learn from his fierce allegiance to journalistic integrity, to unrelentingly seeking the truth, and what it means to be a watchdog in the sometimes-precarious political processes that make up the American way of life. Someone must be tasked with watching the henhouse.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-in-everday-li_b_3839401.html

8.31.13

Amy Winehouse, the Reluctant Celebrity: A Parable On the Fatal Cost of Fame

With the nationwide release of Amy, the bio-doc of Amy Winehouse, I am reminded of the all too often fatal cost of fame. After seeing the movie, there is something I want to shout from the highest peak so that people can it hear this loud and clear: "Fame can kill you!"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/amy-winehouse-the-reluctant-celebrity-a-parable-on-the-fatal-cost-of-fame_b_7782018.html

7.13.15

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: A Few Things (I Think) I Know About Kids or What My Children Have Taught Me

I wrote down these parenting tips around 20 years ago, as little reminders to myself when my sons were quite young -- they are 28 and 25 years old now. Yet, these observations still feel as true to me today, as they did back then. I found them recently, on note paper neatly stacked in the corner of my nightstand drawer, and thought to share them with other parents, new and seasoned. May they help us mindfully embrace "the wonder years" in what we soon discover, is an all too fleeting time.

1. If a child is whining, it's not because the child is spoiled it's because he or she needs you...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-in-everyday-l_7_b_6713096.html

3.18.15

Living Mindfully, Living Happily Through Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

It is ironic that people dash through life trying to figure things out, furrowing their brows in deep concentration and boring their minds like laser beams into making decisions without ever wondering what "mind" is in the first place.

Healthy Living

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-in-everyday-l_8_b_6718076.html

2.23.15

Mindfulness in Everyday Life -- So You Want to Be Famous? What You Need to Know About Celebrity

The negatives of being famous are hardly ever discussed in the media in favor of coverage emphasizing the excessively lavish celebrity lifestyle, giving us a glimpse inside a world beyond our reach. Yet, witnessing the downside of fame could serve as a reminder to focus on our own lives instead, acknowledge and celebrate those people we most admire, and see that we, too, are celebrities in the eyes of others.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-in-everyday-l_2_b_4818606.html

3.13.14

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Raising Windhorse -- How to Harness Innate Personal Power

There is an uplifted quality that naturally exists in our lives. It is an innate awareness of our unique and sacred existence, which is automatically stirred in our mindfulness of the present moment. We pay attention to details: We wash the dishes while we wash the dishes, we clean our room when we clean our room, we iron our shirts with awareness, and we purposely fold our sheets. When we pay attention to everything around us, the overall effect is a sense of “upliftedness” or “windhorse.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-everyday-life_b_4019802.html

10.2.13

Mindfulness in Everyday Life and Striving for Greatness: Be the Star of Your Own Show

Grab hold of your star, strive for greatness rather than fame, honor your contribution to your loved ones and the world and be proud of the celebrity...

Grab hold of your star, strive for greatness rather than fame, honor your contribution to your loved ones and the world and be proud of the celebrity you already are. Being the star of your own show is a true measure of success.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-rockwell-psyd/mindfulness-in-everyday-life-and-striving-for-greatness_b_5966990.html

10.15.14