Donal MacCoon, Ph.D.
It’s clear — our current way of living on this planet cannot continue. But, did you know that we already have the solutions for thriving on one planet by integrating psychology, mindfulness, permaculture, and ecology? See this post on the big picture of one planet thriving: problems, solutions, and transition.
- Graduate of Pomona College, Philosophy major
- M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Madison, the #2 program in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report (2012)
- Mentor and post-doc and scientist advisor and collaborator: Dr. Richard Davidson, a Time Magazine 100 Most Influential Person, known for neuroscience work with the Dalai Lama
- Collaborator with Richard Davidson’s Center for Healthy Minds
- Designed and ran National Institute of Health clinical trials
- Published original scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and popular press, like the Shambhala Sun
- Published a neuroscience-consistent theory on Emotion Regulation (see Free Stuff)
- Worked and published with one of the world’s experts on psychopaths, Dr. Joseph Newman
- Worked and published with a world expert in hopelessness depression, Dr. Lyn Abramson
- Practicing mindfulness meditation for years
- Here is a copy of my curriculum vitae which includes education, list of publications, etc.
- Part-time maker of hand-made goods ranging from Messenger Bags to Bushcraft items (see more here)
Performed and recorded two albums of original music and performed publicly in many venues, from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Spain
Public Talks. Here’s just a few of the anonymous (meaning honest!) comments I have received from people who have heard my message in public talks where I combine psychology, mindfulness, ecology and community to explore new ways of living that are sustainable and resilient. This involves research, education, music, and psychotherapy:
“Thanks for [the] integration of all the technical with practical, reminding us all of the beauty of people when they live their lives fully.”
“Very, very, clever, so touching, hilarious, wonderful and enlightening. Life changing!”
“Moving and educational — Loved the music!!”
I am married and have two boys
We have survived my 3-year-old’s leukemia. As of 9/24/11, our
youngest son successfully completed 1151 days of treatment for leukemia. He is doing well. That means that our family has experienced a level of hell and survived it by using the tools that I share here.
My wife has experienced daily, disabling pain since 2013. Anyone who has lived with this will understand how difficult that challenge can be. I am practicing all the skills I share here to help our family thrive as much as possible under these difficult circumstances.
And, I have helped hundreds of individuals and dozens of couples learn to thrive (through my 10 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Psychologist). Here’s some patient feedback:
“You helped me to love and appreciate the person that I am; the great parts and the bad parts and everything in between”
“The work we have done together has huge ripple effects on my life.”
“…with your help I was able to change my perception of the world and myself.”
Combining Skills to Give Practical Tools
I have published scientific articles on attention, personality, anxiety, depression, and psychopaths (cv). I bring all this expertise to my writing and talk about it here at OnePlanetThriving.com.
My private psychotherapy practice focuses on adults and couples and represents a vital investment in our ability to relate with others, especially our spouses, and our communities. I use mindfulness in my practice and teach these skills when appropriate.
To contact me, you can email or just leave a comment and a current email.
Kennie DeLoatch is a contributing writer with his own channel on One Planet Thriving: Kennie D’s Science Projects.
Humbly, I am known to many as a “renaissance man” having lived my life rooted with an insatiable curiosity. I apply my knowledge of math and science to my love for nature. I try to use my limitless imagination to create new approaches to complex problems, solving them in simple, understandable presentations.
I was born in a small town in New York’s Hudson River Valley, Nyack, NY. As a child I was alway curious. I am the middle child of five children. My father was a Baptist Minster and my mother a Registered Nurse. When I started my first day of elementary school, my mother gave me my very own study desk. I named my new desk the “Figg-i-dee Out” which to me as a 6 year old, meant a place to go to “figure things out”. When I had a problem I would chant the mantra “I know what to do, I know what to do” over and over as I ran to my Figg-i-dee Out to find the answers.
I often helped my mother preserve foods; drying, pickling and canning. My father was an outdoors man, out necessity to provide for family. I would work with him in the garden planting and harvesting plus my father would take me on fishing trips. We often sat at the waters edge all day and into the evening. I loved to collect flotsam and jetsam I’d find on the shore.
My father cultivated worms in wooden boxes next to the outhouse for bait. He had red worms, night crawlers, and meal worms. Depending on what we were fishing for, he’d give me a paper cup and say “go get some worms”. My father was also a small game hunter.
So there it is. I am from a family of pioneers in comparison to today’s standards of living. In my childhood I rarely got new toys. I aways got things in need of repair so I began honing my mechanical skills.
Using my imagination, for fun, I would romp through dense forests near my home, mimicking the behavior of a deer. I would lie on the forest floor face down and smell the earth and then roll over and gaze at the sky through the tree tops. At night I stared at the moon and drifted into dreams. My bond with nature continues today in this era of uncertainty. I continue to create visions that are harmonic with the nature around me and create sustainable environments.