About me

Hello! I’m Dawnn Rabinowitz McWatters, Psy.D. For the past twenty-plus years, I’ve dedicated my life to improving mind/body health for adults and their families, as a clinical psychologist, educator, and activist.

Currently, I am on leave from my clinical role to focus upon our small farm and the needs of my young family during remote learning. When I return to my role as a psychologist in 2021, I plan to prioritize evidence-based psycho-educational trainings and services in the Seattle, Washington area.

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 builds upon my previous career as a clinical psychologist and my long-time passions for food, edible gardening, and social justice. I have taken 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, Inactive (#2195, Oregon; #PY00003711, Washington State)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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 briefly returned to practice in 2020 to provide supportive telehealth services during the pandemic, but I’m currently prioritizing endeavors that expand beyond my former clinical role.
  • 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 adoptive family and engaging in a ever-widening variety of interests, which include edible landscapes, raising chickens, cooking, food justice, and various artistic endeavors.

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