Dr. Donna Rockwell is a mindfulness meditation teacher, with expertise developed over 15 years in Shambhala International meditation training and the Harvard University Continuing Education Program in Meditation and Psychotherapy. Dr. Rockwell is a grant recipient of Marjorie S. Fisher for The Mindfulness Initiative through which Dr. Rockwell designed the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy curriculum in the Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP) doctoral program, training graduate students in mindfulness-based theory and clinical practice. Dr. Rockwell is also a researcher in the field of mindfulness and its role in clinical psychology training, presenting her original research at annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, as well as at national and international conferences, including the 2nd International Conference on Existential Psychology, at Fudan University in Shanghai, China in 2012.
Dr. Rockwell’s other research interest includes media psychology. Her research on the experience fame and celebrity is published in the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, and as a book chapter, in “Film and Television Stardom.” Dr. Rockwell is a celebrity mental health expert quoted in major media, including USA Today, ABCNews.com, Cosmopolitan.com and on TV and radio. Dr. Rockwell is a mentee of Humanistic psychology founder, Clark Moustakas, PhD, and was trained at the Center for Humanistic Studies (now MiSPP), in human science and qualitative research, including the Phenomenological research model and the Heuristic research method. Her training includes person-centered, existential-humanistic psychotherapy, existential dream analysis, and play therapy. At Dr. Moustakas’s retirement, Dr. Rockwell was invited to teach his qualitative research courses. She also served as Dissertation Chair on various qualitative research committees.
In her clinical work, Dr. Rockwell is a psychologist in private practice, in New York City and Farmington Hills, Michigan, working with individuals, couples and adolescents. 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 is currently the mental health expert on WDIV-TV, and a regular contributor to Huffington Post in her blog Mindfulness in Everyday Life. Dr. Rockwell is the co-editor of the Society for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter.
Courses taught include: Mindfulness, Meditation and Health; Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; Foundations and Applications of Qualitative Research; Core Concepts in Humanistic Psychology; Group Process and Communication; Community Outreach in Psychology; and Professional Writing Seminar.