Division of Counseling and Psychology
Donna San Antonio
Professional Title: Assistant Professor of Counseling and Psychology
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: School Counseling, Adolescent Development, Rural Education, Adventure Therapy, Program Development, Participatory Action Research.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Counseling and Psychology, School and Community focus.
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: • Orientation to Professional Psychology• Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy• Clinical Skills and Counseling Processes• Counseling Adolescents• Psychology of Culture and Identity• Advanced Seminar• Professional Integrative Seminar
Education: B.A., Sociology, University of New Hampshire; M.Ed., Counseling, University of New Hampshire; Ed.M., International Education, Harvard University; CAS, Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University; Ed.D., Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, Harvard UniversityLicensed School Psychologist and School Guidance Counselor.
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: PublicationsTieken, M. & San Antonio, D.M. (Co-editors) (In progress) Special Issue on Rural Youth Aspirations and Opportunities, Peabody Journal of Education. Routledge.San Antonio, D. (2004). Adolescent lives in transition: How social class influences the adjustment to middle school. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. San Antonio, D., Marcel, E., Tieken, M., & Wiener, K (2011, April). Lives in transition: What students say. Educational Leadership Online, Vol. 68, No. 7. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.San Antonio, D. (2008). Understanding students’ strengths and struggles. Educational Leadership, Vol. 65, No. 7. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.San Antonio, D. & Salzfass, E. (May 2007). How we treat one another in school. Educational Leadership, Vol. 64, No. 8. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.San Antonio, D. (May 2007). Making the transition to middle school. Middle Matters. Vol. 15, No. 5. San Antonio, D. (April 2006). Broadening the world of early adolescents. Educational Leadership, Vol. 63, No. 7. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. (Chosen as one of 8 best articles in 2005-06 for a special end-of-year publication.)Yamada, S. & San Antonio, D. (2006). Toward a common understanding: A method for organizing terminology in the field of adventure therapy. Conference Proceedings for the 4th International Adventure Therapy Conference. Rotorua, New Zealand.Presentations“I got grand things in me and America won’t let me give nothing:” Constructing and Resisting a Standard American Identity. Invited speaker, Psychology and the Other Conference, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. October 2013. Inventing the Future: Sustaining Hope, Searching for Purpose in the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood. International Conference on Life Designing and Career Counseling, University of Padova, Padova, Italy, June 2013.Strength and Struggle in the Lives of Emerging Adults: What They Teach Us About Support and Guidance. Lesley University Community of Scholars Conference. Cambridge, MA. March 2013.Effective Cross Disciplinary Teaming17th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health. Salt Lake City, UT, October 26, 2012Rural Education: Regional Challenges, Promising SolutionsPanelist with Cynthia Mil Duncan, Francisco Guajardo, Leroy Johnson, and Rachel TompkinsAskwith Education Forum, Harvard Graduate School of Education, April 2008The Impact of Trauma on Child Development and LearningCommunity presentations in Laconia and Wolfeboro, NH, Spring 2008Crossing the Threshold from Teen to Young Adult: Opportunities and Challenges Key Note Presentation, Laconia, NH, September 2006Fostering Success During Early Adolescence Training for middle school staff, parents, and community youth workers, Conway, NH, Sept. 2006What’s Class Got to Do With It? Social Class, Culture, and PerceptionProfessional training for counselors, educators, and social workers, Laconia, NH, May 2006Social Class and Social Service: Are We Helping or Harming?Workshop presentation at the Diversity Conference of Casey Family Services, January 2006Statewide professional development for social workers with Casey Family Services, March 2006Participatory Action Research: Bridging the Research-Practice GapModerator for panel discussion with Michelle Fine, Julio Cammarota, Veronica Garcia, Jessica Madden-Fuoco, Askwith Education Forum, Harvard Graduate School of Education, April 2006Social Class and Adjustment to Middle SchoolNH Public TV interview on NH Crossroads, November 2004NH Public Radio interview on The Exchange, September 2004
Fun Facts: Former Licensed Middle-High School teacherCompetitive Canoeist
Donna Marie San Antonio has worked as a community organizer, middle school teacher, school counselor, outdoor educator, non-profit administrator, and university instructor. She came to Lesley University in 2011 after teaching for seven years in the Risk and Prevention Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For twenty-five years, she directed the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, an activity-based counseling program that she founded in 1984 to serve low-income and struggling youth in central and northern NH. Dr. San Antonio is a frequent consultant to rural school and community programs addressing social, emotional, and economic barriers to success for children and youth. Her work in the northernmost part of NH continues as the Inventing the Future Project – a project that strengthens the capacity of schools and communities to guide low-income young people toward higher education and good careers. “The Inventing the Future Project will provide possibilities for me to collaborate with graduate students to work with school counselors, mentor referred youth, and engage in research and writing. I enjoy working across diverse sectors of the community and I believe in involving youth as active participants in addressing issues that threaten their well being, such as poverty, racism, trauma, sexism, and homophobia.” As a classroom instructor, Dr. San Antonio values, “working to create a classroom community that offers a high level of active critical reflection and dialogue.” She enjoys being outdoors, especially hiking, biking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Research interests include developmental transitions for adolescents and emerging adults; rural education; social class and education/career opportunity; experiential education; adventure therapy; school-based mentoring; school climate and social-emotional development; cross-role and cross-institutional collaboration; cross-cultural ethnographic research; and community and school-based participatory action research for social change.
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