Dr. Don Grant is an internationally award-winning media psychologist, researcher, addiction specialist, chairman of the American Psychological Association "Device Management & Intelligence" Committee, and has been commissioned by APA to write the only book on "Healthy Device Management & The Practice of Good Digital Citizenship" they plan to publish. He is also a certified chemical dependency counselor, nationally certified group facilitator, and clinician/educator trainer. He received his B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan, MFA from the University of Southern California, and both an MA and Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Psychology (with an emphasis in media psychology) from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara.
Dr. Grant was recipient of the 2015 American Psychological Association "Early Career Achievement Award." In 2012 he was awarded an international "Best of Show" prize in London for his addiction recovery research work. His recent keynote speaker and conference presentations include: the International Conferences on Addiction and Associated Disorders (London), The C4 CORE “Issues and Innovations: Digital Technology and The Future of Behavioral Health” Conference (Amelia Island), The Adolescent & Young Adult Collective (Malibu), Mindhealth360 Town Hall (London), audience-requested repeat presentations (2018 & 2019) at the DFW Behavioral Health Symposium (Dallas), the American Psychological Association Conventions in Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Toronto, The Meadows’ “Connections & Collaborations” Speaker Series (Scottsdale), the 1st and 2nd UCLA/CiR Addiction & Mental Health Symposiums (UCLA), the Thelma McMillen Center “Frontiers In Addiction” Lecture Series (Torrance Memorial Hospital), "A Joyous Day To Unplug and Unwind” (Malibu), the Advance L.A./Help Group Conference (Los Angeles), "13 Reasons Why... ONE Reason Why Not" Panel Discussion (Newport Beach), the Young Adult Transitions Association Conference (Boulder), the Admissions & Marketing Symposium (Los Angeles), One Recovery "Technology & Device Management" Town Hall (Newport Beach), the Pop Culture Association Conference (New Orleans), the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) Conference (L.A.), One Recovery Launch and Town Hall Symposium (Newport Beach), and the California Unified Collegiate Recovery Conference (UCSB). Don also designs, presents, and facilitates CEU training workshops for treatment centers, clinicians and educators.
In 2015 Don was invited to present his research at the 2015 APA Convention in Toronto. His global study on technologically mediated vs Face-to-Face sobriety support and communities was hand-selected by the convention committee for individual external promotion through a dedicated APA-sponsored press release distributed to the media, which immediately went internationally "viral."
Don's media credits as an expert device management and addiction recovery professional include: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the TNB Network series; “Youth Suicide,” Good Morning San Diego, Fox News Networks, KABC Radio, The Associated Press, The Michael Jackson Radio Show, Extra!, National College Radio, Internet Talk Radio, APA Division 46 Media Psychology Podcast Series, Addicted To Addicts; Webtalk Radio, The Australian Radio Network, the TV Guide Network, HER Radio, KTLA, TBN, John Wells Productions, and many other local, national, international news, radio, and television programs, as well as podcasts-including his current series "The Unfiltered ONE" (Brigade-Radio-One).
Print, interview, and author credits include: The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, APA Monitor On Psychology, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Us, and People magazine.
Academic publications include: "Internet Gaming Disorder In Children and Adolescents;" (Pediatrics; November 2017), "Using Social Media for Sobriety Recovery: Beliefs, Behaviors, and Surprises from Users of Face-to-Face and Social Media Sobriety Support" (Psychology of Popular Media Culture; January 2017), "The Sage Encyclopedia of Media Violence" (Sage), "Has Social Media Begun To "Sponsor" Addiction Recovery?: A Study of Face-To-Face Versus Online Sobriety Support" (ProQuest), "The Digital Drug" (APA Amplifier Magazine), and "Contemporary Issues in Video Game Addiction" (Frontiers in Psychiatry, section Addictive Disorders; currently in submission).
Don's current research includes investigations of the potential effects of cyberbullying and cyberpornography on adolescents, teens, young adults, and our culture/relationships-at-large.