Dr. Rockwell is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts with a BA in Language & Communication.
She received a Master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington D.C.
Dr. Rockwell earned her Master's and Doctorate in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology from the Center for Humanistic Studies (now the Michigan School of Psychology) in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Donna Rockwell, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with private practices in both New York and Suburban Detroit. She is founder and CEO of Already Famous with Dr. Donna, an online community inspiring women and girls to live their best, most authentic lives. She is a leading mindfulness meditation teacher, specialist in celebrity mental health, and an activist in contemporary humanistic psychology. She also spent many years as a news journalist and was an original member of CNN.
With 20 years of experience, Dr. Donna is a mental health expert featured on numerous national TV and radio stations and social media platforms. Her research on the psychology of fame and celebrity has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The BBC, The CBC, among other media outlets.
Dr. Donna is a 2022 Award Winner of WJR’s “Women Who Lead,” honoring 12 female leaders from throughout the Great Lakes region who are “influencing our communities in positive ways, leaning in and pushing the world to new heights.” Dr. Donna is founder of the online community, Already Famous with Dr. Donna. Through this group, teens and young adults realize that by comparing themselves to what they see on social media, they might well be inviting self-rejection. Dr. Rockwell has made it her mission to help women and girls learn how to overcome this negativity, creating a self-actualization that empowers well-being and bolsters success.
She is Past-President of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association (APA), and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and The Humanistic Psychologist.
Dr. Rockwell is Adjunct faculty at Saybrook University, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Mind-Body Medicine, co-teaching the popular course, Mindfulness and Meditation in Health.
Her published work includes peer-reviewed journal articles and popular press publications on Mindfulness, the psychology of fame and celebrity, and humanistic foundations of psychology and psychotherapy.
Dr. Rockwell’s original research on the psychology of fame and celebrity—the only published scholarship on fame–is titled “Being a Celebrity: A Phenomenology of Fame,” in the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology.
Dr. Rockwell’s book chapter, “Mindfulness as Therapy: How Buddhist Psychology Contributes to Enhancing Therapist Efficacy and Client Outcomes,” can be found in The Changing Faces of Therapy: Evolving Perspectives in Clinical Practice and Assessment.
Dr. Rockwell’s mindfulness research is highlighted in “Mindfulness and Courage: Lifelong Training in Clinical Psychology: Implications and Applications of a Three-year Study” in Existential Psychology East-West (Volume 2).
When not speaking or writing for Already Famous, Dr. Rockwell loves to connect with good friends and hang out with her husband, kids, and young grandchildren.