Dr. Don Grant is an internationally award-winning media psychologist, researcher, addiction specialist, and Chair of the new American Psychological Association (Division 46) “Device Management” Committee. He is also a certified chemical dependency counselor, nationally certified group facilitator, and clinician/educator trainer. Don received his B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan, an MFA from the University of Southern California, and both his MA and Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Psychology (with an emphasis in media diagnosis comorbidity), from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. In addition to his work with substance abuse and dual diagnosis comorbidity, Don is the Founder/CEO of “(un)BOOT CAMP,” a treatment program for teens, young adults, and families struggling with technology, Smartphone, online gaming, cyberpornography, and/or other technologically mediated platform/device dependence, addiction, and negotiation.
Don was recipient of the 2015 American Psychological Association “Early Career Achievement Award.” In 2012, he was awarded an international “Best of Show” prize in London for his addiction recovery research work. His recent keynote speaker and conference presentations included: The Young Adult Transitions Association Conference (U-C Boulder), The Admissions & Marketing Symposium (Los Angeles), The Pop Culture Association Conference (New Orleans), the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) Conference (L.A.), One Recovery Launch and Town Hall Symposium (Newport Beach), and The California Unified Collegiate Recovery Conference (UCSB). 2017 presentations will include: 1Recovery Technology & Device Management Town Hall II (Newport Beach), The Advance L.A. 2017 Conference (Los Angeles), and the 2017 American Psychological Convention (Washington D.C.). Don also designs, presents, and facilitates CEU training workshops for clinicians and educators nationwide on behalf of Vyne/Cross Country Education.
In 2015, Don was invited to present his research at the 2015 APA Convention in Toronto. While there, his global study on technologically mediated vs. Face-to-Face sobriety recovery support was hand-selected by the convention committee for individual external promotion through a dedicated APA-sponsored press release, distributed to the media, and immediately went internationally “viral.” His current research explores how the use of technology and online media platform/devices affect/effect our biological, psychological, and sociological health and relationships.
Don counsels individuals, couples, and families and facilitates groups through both his private practice and two Los Angeles based dual diagnosis treatment programs. He provides professional consulting, branding, program curriculum design/auditing, and content copywriting services to the mental health and addiction recovery community, and offers free education and recovery support to local schools. From 2001 through 2014, Don worked in residential dual-diagnosis treatment, serving for the last three years as Executive Director of a program for women which he created. His writing, editing, and production experience extends across all media platforms, including film, television, and traditional literary. In 2002, he created and implemented the Literacy in Treatment program, which today still offers adult clients in recovery the opportunity to earn their high school diploma.
Don’s media credits as an expert recovery professional include: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Good Morning San Diego, Fox News Networks, The Michael Jackson Radio Show, The Associated Press, Extra!, National College Radio, Internet Talk Radio, APA Division 46 Media Psychology Podcast Series, Addicted to Addicts; Webtalk Radio, The Australian Radio Network, the TV Guide Network, HER Radio, KTLA, John Wells Productions, and many other local, national, and international news, radio programs and podcasts.
Print, interview, and author credits include: The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Us, and People magazine. Academic publications include: Using Social Media for Sobriety Recovery: Beliefs, Behaviors, and Surprises from Users of Face-to-Face and Social Media Sobriety Support (Psychology of Popular Media Culture; January 2017), Internet Gaming Disorder in Children and Adolescents (the professional response of global experts to the DSM 5 inclusion of “Internet Addiction” as a “Condition For Further Study”; Pediatrics; 2017), The Sage Encyclopedia of Media Violence (Sage), Has Social Media Begun To “Sponsor” Addiction Recovery?: A Study of Face-to-Face Versus Online Sobriety Support (ProQuest), and The Digital Drug (APA Division 46 Amplifier Magazine).