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Donna Zaorski

Associate professor

Office

770-407-1069
dzaorski@argosy.edu

Education

  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Georgia School of Professional Psychology, 2000.
  • B.A., Psychology, Rutgers University, 1989.

Biography

Dr. Zaorski received a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology degree from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship at the West Side Chicago Veteran's Administration Health Care System, where she worked with veterans who had been diagnosed with a wide range of mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse/dependence, and psychotic spectrum disorders. Dr. Zaorski completed a postdoctoral fellowship in severe and persistent mental illness at Emory University Medical School, where she provided clinical services to those attending Grady Memorial Hospital’s intensive outpatient and day hospital treatment programs. In addition, she supervised psychology interns, practicum students, medical residents, and program staff. From 2001–2002, Dr. Zaorski was the Clinical Coordinator for a research study on intimate partner violence and child abuse. In that role, Dr. Zaorski was responsible for supervising a team of research assistants and managing clinical aspects of the research project. In 2003, she joined the staff of the Georgia Institute of Technology Counseling Center, where she provided psychological services to university students, conducted outreach presentations, and supervised therapy practicum students. In 2005, Dr. Zaorski returned to the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Atlanta, this time as a full-time core faculty member in the Clinical Psychology program. She was the founding Director of the Argosy University Atlanta Psychology Clinic, as well as a co-founder of Georgia School of Professional Psychology's chapter of Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

Her clinical interests include relational models of psychotherapy (i.e., attachment and interpersonal theory), existential/experiential treatment, feminist theory and therapy, assessment and treatment of psychological trauma, professional ethics, and clinical supervision. Existentialism and social justice are themes that inform her teaching as well as her clinical work. The courses she teaches include Diagnostic Psychopathology, Professional Ethics, Person-Centered and Experiential Theories and Therapies, Therapy Practicum Seminar, and Clinical Interviewing. In addition to teaching, Dr. Zaorski currently maintains a part-time private practice in Atlanta, with a focus on general adult psychotherapy. Dr. Zaorski has presented in the area of ethical decision-making and diversity.

Work experience: Private practice (2004-present); Staff Psychologist, Georgia Institute of Technology Counseling Center (2001-2004); Clinical Psychology Associate Faculty, Argosy University, Atlanta (2002-2004); Research Project Clinical Coordinator, Emory University School of Medicine (2001-2002); Post doctoral Fellowship in severe and persistent mental illness, Emory University School of Medicine (2000-2001).

Expertise

  • Adult General Clinical.
  • Person-Centered/Existential Therapy.
  • Adult Trauma Treatment.

Selected Publications

Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Atlanta Group Psychotherapy Association

Presentations

  • Zaorski, D. M. (2000, August). Utilizing the DBT format for female veterans with trauma, depression, and borderline personality disorder. In J. Willer (chair). Establishing a Psychotherapy Program for Female Veterans: Challenges and Successes. Symposium conducted at the American Psychological Association 108th annual meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Betan, E., Thomas, E., & Zaorski, D.M. (2008, November). Practical ethics in multicultural practice: Identifying, examining and responding to the practitioner's subjective perspectives. 3- hour continuing education workshop. Georgia Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

Selected Lectures

  • Zaorski, D. M. (2000). Therapeutic Alliance Ruptures: Theory and Research. Presented to members of the University of Illinois/Chicago Counseling Center, Chicago, IL.