Donna Wilson, PhD
Donna Wilson, an educational psychologist, is the former university chairperson of education at University of Detroit Mercy, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and a former classroom teacher. She serves as president of the Center for Innovative Education and Prevention and BrainSMART, Inc. After completing doctoral study with a focus on motivation and cognition, followed by postdoctoral study in structural cognitive modifiability, Wilson began codeveloping research-based professional learning opportunities for K-12 educators delivered through graduate studies. Through the years, her work has been delivered live, as well as through distance learning, at the undergraduate, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral levels. Over the last 12 years, Wilson has personally presented to more than 100,000 educators who serve more than 1 million students. She has served as an educational consultant in many states and large school districts in the United States, as well as in many suburban and rural areas, and has presented in a number of other countries. Wilson is the author of more than 20 books and articles for educational journals; titles include BrainSMART 60 Strategies for Increasing Student Learning, Thinking for Results: Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement by as Much as 30 Percent, Courageous Learners: Increasing Student Achievement in Diverse Learning Communities, and the Wiring the Brain to Read series.
Wilson is most interested in helping K-12 classroom educators strengthen student learning by aligning instruction with current research from the fields of education, psychology, learning, and the brain; in systems for educational change and innovation; in the education of students with learning challenges; in school/university partnerships for change; and in parent/school and community partnerships.
Download: Donna’s Professional Vita