Marvin McDonald, PhD

Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology

  • 2001-2017: Program Director, M.A. Counselling Psychology; Trinity Western University
  • 1996-present: Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology, Trinity Western University
  • 1991-1996: Associate Professor of Psychology, Augustana University College
  • 1987-1991: Assistant Professor of Psychology, The King's College, Edmonton, AB
  • 1984-1986: Joint appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Wausau Family Practice Center, Department of Family Medicine and Practice, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Marathon Center

  • PhD - Clinical-Community Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology; Phi Kappa Phi; A.P.A. approved internship in clinical psychology at Pine Rest Christian Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI (Purdue Universit;,1984)
  • MS - Clinical-Community Psychology (Purdue University; 1981)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Psychology and Mathematics majors, summa cum laude (St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota; 1978)
  • Registered Psychologist (R.Psych.), College of Psychology of British Columbia, Reg. No. 1262
  • Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), Canadian Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Awards & Honors


  • Johnson, A., & McDonald, M. (2012, May). Living Alternative Narratives of Trauma. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Calgary, Alberta.
  • Begalka, B., & McDonald, M. (2010). International collaboration for hybridized strategies for professional education in psychotherapy: Indonesia, Canada, and competency-based curricular development in higher education. Proceedings of the 4th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (pp. 699-709). Valencia, Spain: International Association for Technology, Education and Development.

Recent Publications

  • Chau, M. & McDonald, M. (under review). An Experiential Contructivist approach to biculturalism research: Core processes of change in immigrants. Journal of Contructivist Psychology.
  • Bradshaw, R. A., Cook, A., & McDonald, M. J. (2011). Observed & Experiential Integration (OEI): Discovery and development of a new set of trauma therapy techniques. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 21, 104–171. doi: 10.1037/a0023966
  • McDonald, M. J., Wong, P. T. P., & Gingras, D. T. (2011). Meaning-in-life measures and development of a brief version of the Personal Meaning Profile. In P. T. P. Wong & L. C. J. Wong (Eds.), The human quest for meaning: Theories, research, and applications (2nd ed., pp. 353-378). New York: Routledge.
  • Brosseau, D. C., McDonald, M. J., & Stephen, J. E. (2011). The moderating effect of relationship quality on partner secondary traumatic stress among couples coping with cancer. Families, Systems, & Health, 29(2), 114–126. doi: 10.1037/a0024155
  • Schulz, B. R., & McDonald, M. J. (2011). Weight loss self-efficacy and modelled behaviour: Gaining competence through example. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy / Revue canadienne de counseling et de psychothérapie, 45(1), 53-67.
  • Graham, M. D., McDonald, M. J., & Klaassen, D. W. (2008). A phenomenological analysis of spiritual seeking: Listening to Quester voices. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 18, 146-163.