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Douglas MacDonald

Associate Professor of Psychology

Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 308
Phone: 313-993-1094
Areas of Expertise:
Children and Family
Mental health
Philosophy and History of Science
Psychology
Psychology of Religion
Spirituality
Well-Being

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Windsor
  • M.A., University of Windsor
  • B.A. (Hons), University of Windsor

Biography

Douglas MacDonald, Ph.D., has been a faculty member at Detroit Mercy since 2000. He is an active scholar who has been pursuing a program of research focused on the measurement of spirituality and the exploration of its relationship to biopsychosocial functioning for the past several years. He is Associate Editor (Research) for the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Research Editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Consulting Editor for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, and the Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion.

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    Publications

    Berkowski, M., & MacDonald, D. A. (2014). Childhood trauma and the development of paranormal beliefs. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 202(4), 305-312. doi:10.1097/NMD.0000000000000123.


    Brown, N. J. L., MacDonald, D. A., Samanta, M. P., Friedman, H. L. & Coyne, J. C. (2014). A critical reanalysis of the relationship between genomics and well-being. Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences, 111(35), 12705-12709.

    Brown, N. J. L., MacDonald, D. A., Samanta, M. P., Friedman, H. L., & Coyne, J. C. (2016). More questions than answers: Continued critical reanalysis of Fredrickson et al.'s studies of genomics and well-being, PLoS One, 11(6), e0156415. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156415

    Huber, J. T. & MacDonald, D. A. (2012). An investigation of the relations between altruism, empathy, and spirituality. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 52(2), 206-221.

    Ikanga, J., Hill, E. M., & MacDonald, D. A. (2017). The conceptualization and measurement of cognitive reserve using common proxy indicators: Testing some tenable reflective and formative models. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 39(1), 72-83. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13803395.2016.1201462.

    Lopez, E., Jodar, R., & MacDonald, D. A. (in press, 2017). Psychometric properties of a Spanish adaptation of the Expressions of Spirituality Inventory-Revised. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies.

    MacDonald, D. A. (2013). Philosophical underpinnings of transpersonal psychology as a science. In H. L. Friedman & G. Hartelius (Eds.). Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. (pp. 312-332). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

    MacDonald, D. A. (in press). Taking a closer look at well-being as a scientific construct: Delineating its conceptual nature and boundaries in relation to spirituality and existential functioning. In N. J. L. Brown, T. Lomas, & F J. Eiroa-Orosa (Eds.). The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology. London, UK: Routledge.

    MacDonald, D. A., & Friedman, H. L. (2013). Quantitative assessment of transpersonal and spiritual constructs. In H. L. Friedman & G. Hartelius (Eds.). Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. (pp. 281-299). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

    MacDonald, D. A., Friedman, H. L., Brewczynski, J., Holland, D., Salagame, K. K. K., Mohan, K. K., Gubrij, Z. O., & Cheong, H. W. (2015). Spirituality as a scientific construct: Testing its universality across cultures and languages. PLOS One, 10(3), e0117701. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117701

    MacDonald, D. A., Walsh, R., & Shapiro, S. L. (2013). Meditation: Empirical research and future directions. In H. L. Friedman & G. Hartelius (Eds). Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. (pp. 433-458). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

    Mendez, D. M. & MacDonald, D. A. (in press, 2017). The measurement of spirituality in children: An evaluation of the Expressions of Spirituality Inventory- Revised with a sample of Peruvian school children. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies.

    Migdal, L., & MacDonald, D. A. (2013). Clarifying the relation between spirituality and well-being. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201(4), 274-280.

    Ventimiglia, M., & MacDonald, D. A. (2012). An examination of the factorial dimensionality of the Marlowe Crowne Social Desirability Scale. Personality and Individual Differences 52, 487-491.

 
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