Faculty Profile

Don MacDonald

Don​ MacDonald

Professor Emeritus of Marriage and Family Therapy


Education: BA, University of Texas, 1972; MS, Indiana University, 1973; PhD, Michigan State University, 1984. At SPU since 1980.

Dr. Don MacDonald has taught in the Peoples’ Republic of China (Beijing Medical School, Nanjing University), the Republic of the Philippines (Alliance Theological Seminary), and the United Kingdom (York St. John University).

His primary areas of study, publication, professional presentations, and teaching are in worldviews, culture, relational philosophies, psychotherapy ethics, psychotherapy law, and family therapy.

Dr. MacDonald says he stands on the shoulders of many, and has especially learned many important life lessons from his wife, three sons, and grandchildren.

​Selected publications

MacDonald, D. (2014). Connections between relational theologies, personalism, and a natural systems worldview. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 33, 203–211.

MacDonald, D. (2014). Diversity education in psychology. In K.D. Keith (Ed.). The encyclopedia of cross-cultural psychology (pp. 435-436). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. MacDonald, D. (2008). Toward a dynamical future. Counseling and Values, 52, 145-155.

MacDonald, D., & Sink, C. (2013). European philosophies and influences on school-based counseling practices in the United States. In H. Cudak & R. Kucha (Eds.). European ideas in the works of famous educationalists: Past, present and future perspectives (pp. 241–258).

Lodz, POL: Management Academy. McIntosh, E., MacDonald, D., & Sink, C. (in press). Macmurray on relationality: A tool for Systems Theory. Philosophy and Theology

Please view Dr. MacDonald’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Why I Teach at SPU

Don MacDonald, Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

“I am a holistic, lifelong learner. I invite my students, mostly graduate students, to join me on this journey of discovery. The endeavor is holistic, in that all of who I am — especially my relationship with the triune God — is involved. It is lifelong insofar as the learning continues up to the day that I exit this world for the next one. SPU affords all of us learners opportunities for such holistic growth, which, in turn, shows up in teaching and scholarly activities.”