Douglas MacDonald

Associate Professor

Douglass A. Macdonald
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 308
Phone: 313-993-1094
Douglass A. Macdonald
Areas of Expertise:
Mental health
Psychology
Psychological Assessment
Research Methods
Religion and Spirituality
Statistics
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 published on topics in a variety of disciplines throughout his career.  His main area of interest and expertise is the measurement of spirituality and the exploration of its relationship to biopsychosocial functioning. He is associate editor (research) for the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, senior 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

    Al-ani, A., MacDonald, D. A., & Ahmad, M. (2020). Salivary sIgA and PRAP-1 protein in relation to dental caries. Journal of Advanced Oral Research, 11(1), 71-76.



    Anthony, M., Yastik, J., MacDonald, D. A., & Marshall, K. A. (2014). Development and validation of a tool to measure incivility in clinical nursing education. Journal of Professional Nursing, 30(1), 48-55.


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


    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  



    Duryea, D. G., Calleja, N. G., & MacDonald, D. A. (2015). Nonmedical use of prescription drugs by college students with minority sexual orientations. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 29(2), 147-159. 


    Friedman H. L., MacDonald D. A., Brown N. J. L., & Coyne J. C. (2020) Extraordinary claims require compelling evidence: Concerns about “Loving-Kindness Meditation Slows Biological Aging in Novices”, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 111, 104410.


    Friedman, H. L., MacDonald, D. A., & Coyne, J. C. (2020). Working with psychology journal editors to correct problems in the scientific literature. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cap0000248



    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.



    Lopez, E., Jodar, R., & MacDonald, D. A. (2017). Psychometric properties of a Spanish adaptation of the Expressions of Spirituality Inventory-Revised. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 36(1), 110-121.  



    MacDonald, D. A. (2017). Commentary on “Existential well-being: Spirituality or well-being?” Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 205(3), 242-248.


    MacDonald, D. A. (2018). 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 (pp. 26-52). Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.


    MacDonald, D. A., & Friedman, H. L. (2020). Growing up and waking up: A conversation with Ken Wilber about leaving transpersonal to form integral psychology. Journal of Humanistic Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167820902287


    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



    McClelland, M., Sesoko, C., & MacDonald, D. A. (2020). A mixed methods study on the short-term physiological effects of vaping and attitudes regarding its use and health effects in samples of young adults. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 31(2), 110-118.


    Mendez, D. M. & MacDonald, D. A. (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, 36(1), 122-136.

    Platt, M., Kwasky, A., MacDonald, D. A., & Spetz, J. (2019). Health economics course competencies for BSN programs: Exploring the determinants behind the nurse administrators perceptions of value. Nursing Outlook, 67, 270-279.

    Roebuck, H., Moran, K., MacDonald, D. A., Shumer, S., & McCune, R. L. (2015). Skin cancer prevention and detection education needs: An andragogical approach. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 11(4), 409-416.

    Roebuck, H., Leever, M., MacDonald, D. A., & Shumer, S. (2019). Tanning beds: Is it ethical to ban minors? Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association, 11(1), 1-7.

    Silva, L. X. L., MacDonald, D. A., Cunha, D. P. & Ferreira, A.L. (2017). Psychometric examination of a Brazilian adaptation of the Expressions of Spirituality Inventory-Revised.  Estudos de Psicologia (Natal), 22(2), 132-143.

    Silva, L. X. L., MacDonald, D. A., Simoes, M. P., Ferreira, A., & Lima, L. S. V. (2019). Expressions of spirituality and states of consciousness in Brazilian postpartum mothers: A convergent mixed-methods study. International Journal of Childbirth, 9(4), 193-202.

    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.