She has been actively involved in Multifamily Psychoeducation for eighteen years as a practitioner and co-facilitator, as well as a supervisor, trainer and researcher in the area. She was Team Leader and Director of Training in the six-year long research program (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) that proved the validity of the PIER Model Program. She is currently coordinating a research study for youth at risk of psychosis investigating their attitudes toward their experiences and the role of stigma in their lives. She is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association Task Force on School Mental Health.
DONNA T. DOWNING MS, OTR/L received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire – where she later became a full-time faculty member in Occupational Therapy Program. She has worked in all aspects of mental health care – inpatient units, partial hospitalization programs, community-based projects and research.