About me

Hello! I’m Dawnn McWatters, Psy.D., a healthcare professional, mindful eating educator, and food activist. For the past twenty-plus years, I’ve dedicated my career to improving mind/body health for adults and their families.

In 2018, after attending the American Horticultural Therapy Association’s annual conference, I began studying applications of therapeutic horticulture and planted the seeds of what I now call The SAVOR Project: a mindfulness-based educational program that combines my clinical psychology background with my passion for food, edible gardening, and social justice. I am currently taking horticultural therapy classes through the New York Botantical Garden and I serve as an OSU Extension Master Gardener in Multnomah County, Oregon.

THE ACADEMIC DETAILS: B.A. in Liberal Arts, cum laude, Willamette University (1995); M.S. (2002) and Psy.D. (2006) in Clinical Psychology, Pacific University; President’s Award of Academic Excellence, Pacific University (2006)

LICENSURE: Licensed Psychologist (#PY00003711) – Washington State (2007 – 2019), now retired; Licensed Psychologist (#2195) – Oregon (2011 – Aug. 31, 2020), inactive status beginning Sept. 2020


  • From 2007 – 2019, I’ve maintained a small private practice as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist serving the needs of the Portland-metro community and specializing in eating disorder treatment. In previous years, I’ve worked in university and college counseling centers, correctional institutions, a community outpatient mental health clinic, and an inpatient psychiatric forensic unit.
  • I’ve led numerous presentations (most frequently, on stress management, general mindfulness, and mindful eating) at local colleges, yoga studios, the YMCA, New Seasons, Wild Oats, and Whole Foods.
  • I’ve served as an adjunct Professor and Instructor at several local colleges, including Oregon State University, a local art school, and Pacific University.

Dating back to 2002, I’ve conducted an in-depth personal and professional inquiry into mindfulness-based programs. Trainings include:

In the past, I have served in leadership positions or have been a long-standing member with organizations ranging from the Oregon Psychological Association (OPA), The Center for Mindful Eating, Columbia River Eating Disorder Network (CREDN), Washington State Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my transracial, interfaith adoptive family and engaging in a ever-widening variety of interests, which include edible landscapes, raising chickens, cooking, food justice, film making, and creative writing.

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