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Research and Teaching

Dr. Donna Rockwell, PsyD is a graduate of the Master’s, Specialist, and Doctoral programs at the Center for Humanistic Studies graduate school (now the Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP)). She serves as an adjunct faculty member at MiSPP having designed the courses: Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Community Outreach in Psychology, and Professional Writing Seminar, as well as teaching: Applications of Qualitative Research, Core Concepts of Humanistic Psychology, Foundations of Qualitative Research, and Group Process.

Dr. Rockwell is also adjunct faculty at Saybrook University, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Mind-Body Medicine teaching Mindfulness and Meditation in Health. 

Dr. Rockwell has presented her research findings on the psychology of fame & celebrity at:

* APA Convention 2010 - Celebrity Mental Health: Coping with the Fame Experience: Clinical Implications and Applications

* APA Convention 2008 - Humanizing Fame: Glimpses Inside the Celebrity Experience

* The International Communications Association (ICA) conference, 2005

*The Media Stardom Conference, Plymouth State University, 2005

*Dr. Rockwell’s findings are being adapted into a book on the true story of fame and the celebrity experience.  

Dr. Rockwell’s other research interest is in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and the role meditation plays in cognitive reframing, the capacity for self-actualization, and cultivation of well-being:

  1. APA Convention August 2013 - Mindfulness in Clinical Training--Theoretical and Experiential Journey to the Now (Division 12-Clinical Psychology) Skill-building Session.
  2. APA Convention August 2013 - Integrating Mindfulness into Clinical Psychology Training; Teaching MIndfulness to Clinical Psychology Students (Division 32-Humanistic Psychology) Symposium. 
  3. *APA Convention 2011 - Mindfulness in Clinical Training in Psychology: Well-being, Self-care, and Interpersonal Presence in Clinical Training in Psychology: A Mixed-method 3-year Study. 
  4. *APA Convention 2009 - Mindfulness in Clinical Training in Psychology: Well-being, Self-care, and Interpersonal Presence: A Pilot Study.                                                       

    (Awarded a grant by Marjorie S. Fisher, Dr. Rockwell has developed and taught a comprehensive mindfulness curriculum in the MiSPP doctoral program, and is researching the role of mindfulness in clinical training in psychology, education, and human potential.)

 

Teaching & Advisory Posts

Dr. Rockwell is adjunct faculty at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP) in Farmington Hills, Michigan and Saybrook University, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Mind-Body Medicine. She was mentored by Humanistic Psychology founder, Clark Moustakas, PhD at the Center for Humanistic Studies in: phenomenological and heuristic research methods, humanistic-existential psychotherapy, existential dream analysis, and play therapy for children.

Dr. Rockwell conducted mindfulness and stress reduction workshops for breast cancer patients at Beaumont Hospital's Sharing & Caring program, in Royal Oak, Michigan.

The Mindfulness curriculum at MiSPP was designed and taught by Dr. Rockwell, and she currently teaches Mindfulness and Meditation in Health at Saybrook University, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Mind-Body Medicine. Dr. Rockwell is on the Advisory Board of the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College.

Her research writing on mindfulness & psychotherapy and the psychology of fame & celebrity can be read in peer-reviewed journals. 

 Dr. Rockwell is a featured expert at The Huffington Post in her blog: Mindfulness in Everyday Life, and at PsychAlive.org. Her interviews with leading meditation teachers have been published in Shambhala Sun (Lion's Roar) magazine.