Dr. Christina Donaldson
Education Coordinator &
C.A.R.E.S. Compassionate Advocate
Dr. Christina Donaldson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in a private practice in Santa Barbara, CA where she works with individuals from all walks of life. Known as “Dr. T”, she proudly serves as NEAMA's Education Coordinator and also serves the C.A.R.E.S. program. Dr. T has dedicated much of her life to education in the movement arts and has been dancing since she was 3 years old. In addition to her private practice, Dr. T has a passion for teaching. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch University, a guest lecturer at various Universities and Community Colleges on the topic of eating disorders and offers presentations to the public about maintaining mental health.
Since earning her Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate University, Christina has developed and piloted an in-depth study on the relationship between music and psychology. In her research, Christina is unveiling the importance music plays on connection both to one’s inner world as well as to each other. Her doctoral dissertation research focused on Adolescent Romantic Love and how it impacts the developing psyche.
Dr. T continues to challenge herself in different dance environments including hip hop, samba and Afro-Brazilian. Recently, she co-founded Soul Meets Body, a self-esteem workshop for dancers. Along with a passion for music and dance, she has applied her talents towards mythology and storytelling, which she utilizes in consulting with screenwriters on character and plot development. She served on the Advisory Panel of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) for over 7 years and was an integral part of building the YPAD certification and educational offerings, both as a developer and a lead educational facilitator. However, she looks forward to continuing her advocacy for the health and safety of the movement arts community through her various roles in NEAMA!