Society Presidents

President: Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Donna Rockwell, PsyD Donna Rockwell, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and mindfulness meditation teacher, with expertise developed over 20 years in Shambhala International meditation training. Rockwell is a grant recipient of the Marjorie S. Fisher Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan for "The Mindfulness Initiative," through which she designed the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy curriculum for the Michigan School of Professional Psychology doctoral program, training graduate students in mindfulness-based theory and clinical practice.

Rockwell is adjunct faculty at Saybrook University, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Mind-Body Medicine, where she teaches the course Mindfulness and Meditation in Health. She is a mindfulness researcher, exploring mindfulness’ role in clinical psychology training and practice, presenting her original research findings at annual meetings of the American Psychological Association as well as at other national and international conferences. Rockwell presents mindfulness workshops and continuing education (CE) courses and is author of the book chapter: “Mindfulness as Therapy: How Buddhist Psychology Contributes to Enhancing Therapist Efficacy and Client Outcomes” in, The Changing Faces of Therapy: Evolving perspectives on clinical issues and assessment (Valle, R., (Ed.), San Francisco, CA: Argosy University, 2016).

A student of humanistic psychology founder, Clark Moustakas, PhD, at the Center for Humanistic Studies (now the Michigan School of Professional Psychology), Donna Rockwell was trained in and later taught person-centered psychotherapy, qualitative research, group process, community psychology and dissertation writing.

In her clinical work, Rockwell is a psychologist in private practice, working with individuals, couples and adolescents in New York City and Metro Detroit. She is a specialist in Celebrity Mental Health, with her research study: “Being a Celebrity: A phenomenology of fame” published in the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology.

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 a mental health expert who is quoted in social and traditional media and appears on TV and radio. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post in her blog, Mindfulness in Everyday Life.

President-Elect: Nathaniel Granger, Jr., PsyD

Nathaniel Granger, Jr. PsyDNathaniel Granger, Jr., PsyD is an adjunct faculty at Saybrook University. He serves an editor of University Professor’s Press and treasurer of Rocky Mountain Counseling and Psychological Association (RMHCPA). He has published several articles along with two books Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives on Multiculturalism and Diversity and Silent Screams: Poetic Journeys Through Addiction and Recovery. Nathaniel is the psychotherapist/founder and director of Be REAL Ministries, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he takes an existential-humanistic approach to Christian service. He actively continues the march towards humanizing the homeless and advocates for the displaced and disenfranchised. He specializes in trauma, relationships and diversity and inclusion and continues to add to his research on microaggressions. Granger’s commitment to human dignity and social justice are the substrata upon which a majority of his work is predicated.

Past President: Shawn Rubin, PsyD

Shawn Rubin, PsyDShawn Rubin, PsyD's training and immersion in humanistic psychology has included graduate training with Clark Moustakas, an apprenticeship with Tom Greening and Kirk Schneider culminating in becoming editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, seven years service in Society of Humanistic Psychology governance and chairing the School of Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University. His intention as president was to focus attention on how we can continue to actualize the aspirational ethics and values of humanistic psychology through community-focused initiatives. He planned to establish a task force on humanitarian psychology in collaborations with other APA divisions and other organizations that champion activism in support of human rights, social justice and transformation. He is dedicated to creating opportunities to listen to, and learn from, the voices of our fellow citizens and will seek to illuminate and address underlying inequities that perpetuate psychological distress in many aspects of our society. He believes it is time for humanistic psychology to more vocally and visibly enter the conversation in the service of the common good.