Donald, Dr. Karina

Assistant Professor - Counseling
School of Arts and Sciences
PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy, Texas Woman’s University 2020
MA in Art Therapy, George Washington University 2011
BA in Psychology, Brooklyn College 2009


Karina Donald graduated with a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. Her dissertation explores the experiences and resources of family resilience among families in the Caribbean.

Professor Donald has over 15 years of teaching experience online, hybrid and face-to-face. She was a high school teacher in the Caribbean. She developed undergraduate counseling courses and taught at the University of the West Indies Open Campus. Professor Donald has also taught graduate courses. Her teaching philosophy acknowledges that teaching should be a creative and exciting endeavor.

As a marriage and family therapist, and an art therapist, Professor Donald specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, children, adolescents, and families. Her clinical experience spans underserved populations in the US and Caribbean through teletherapy and in person.

Research Interests

  • Trauma
  • Resilience
  • Underserved families/populations
  • Arts-informed clinical interventions
  • Qualitative Research
  • Mixed methods research


Dingus Keuhlen, K., Donald, K., Falbo, R., Lekuti, Y., Marrroquin, L., & Ladd, L. (2019). Stop! Collaborate and listen! A content analysis of peer-reviewed articles investigating parenting strategies for managing adolescent internet use. Contemporary Family Therapy. doi:10.1007/s10591-019-09510-z

Donald, K. (2019). No man, or woman, is an island—especially on an island: Practicing art therapy in the West Indies. In A. Di Maria (Ed.). Exploring ethical dilemmas in art therapy: 50 clinicians from 20 countries share their stories. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis

Manuscripts in Progress

Donald, K. & Warson, E. Art Therapy with Caribbean Psychiatric Patients. International Journal of Art Therapy

Work in Progress

Donald, K. & Brock, L. Family resilience among English-speaking Caribbean families

Donald, K. Arts-based study of family resilience among Caribbean families

Courses Taught

Advanced Practicum in Social Work
Creative Expression in Early Childhood
Internship in Marriage & Family Therapy
Introduction to Psychology

Donald, Karina