Donald Vercellini, PhD
Dr. Donald Vercellini graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno before completing his doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in clinical neuropsychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. He received and completed a doctoral internship at the VA’s Joint Ambulatory Care Center, Pensacola, a joint project between the VA and the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Naval Air Station Pensacola, and Navy Hospital, Pensacola where he worked closely with colleagues from psychiatry, pharmacy, neurology, primary care, suicide prevention, chaplaincy, and addiction.
He has received training in chronic and serious mental illness including complex trauma, PTSD, suicide risk assessment, crisis intervention, and psychotic spectrum disorders as well as mood and personality disorders, group therapy, couples and family therapy, neuropsychology, traumatic brain injury, and polytrauma. Dr. Vercellini has conducted and presented research in the neurocognitive assessment of brain-injured patients, the relationship between family structures, adverse childhood experiences, attachment, and dysregulation, the effects of martial art practice on depression and anxiety, the role of emotional contagion in the perception of anger and has taught graduate level group psychotherapy.
Dr. Vercellini is a lifelong practitioner of traditional martial arts and a 6th degree black belt who incorporates mindfulness and traditional martial/eastern philosophy into his clinical work.