Donna C. Owens, PhD, SHRM-SCP is an Evaluation Research consultant, specializing in process and outcomes evaluation, performance management, and organizational development. Her evaluation background includes youth development, gender-specific and arts-integrated prevention programming, community-based participatory action research, and mixed-methods evaluation. Donna is Adjunct Faculty at the Boston College School of Social Work, the Graduate School of Arts & Social Sciences at Lesley University, and UMASS Boston’s College of Public & Community Service. She has experience teaching cultural competency, ethics, creativity, psychopathology, research and evaluation, and graduate thesis seminars. Donna received her BA in Women’s Studies from Trinity College and her MA and PhD in Expressive Therapies/Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. She currently serves as Board Chair of The Theater Offensive. Donna’s current research interests include multicultural competency training in the helping professions, use of poetic transcription in evaluation reports, and the role of spirituality in healing.
Owens, D. C. (2017). Meditations on the Psalms in words and images: An arts-integrated spiritual practice. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 31(1), 228-240. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08893675.2017.1351708
Owens, D. C. (2007). Constellations. In M. Van Sluytman, (Ed.), Layers of Possibility: Healing Poetry from the National Association for Poetry Therapy Members (p. 51). Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Palabras Press.
Owens, D. C. (2005). The Psalms: ‘A Therapy of Words’. Journal of Poetry Therapy: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Practice, Theory, Research, and Education, 18(3), 133-152. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08893670500232254
Owens, D. C. & Jones, K. T. (2004). Adapting the youth participatory action model to serve LGBTQ youth of color. Practicing Anthropology, 26, 25-29.
Berg, M. J., Owens, D. C., & Schensul, J. J. (2002). Participatory action research, service learning, and community youth development. CYD Journal: Community Youth Development, 3 (2), 20-25.
Berg, M. J. & Owens, D. C. (2000). Empowered voices: A participatory action research curriculum for girls. Hartford, CT: Institute for Community Research.
Sydlo, S. J., Schensul, J. J., Owens, D. C., et al (2000). Participatory action research curriculum for empowering youth. Hartford, CT: Institute for Community Research.
Berg, M. J. & Owens, D. C. (Summer/Fall, 1994). Correlation between education, employment, and income of women. WomanSpeak Newsletter. Hartford, CT: Permanent Commission on the Status of Hartford Women.