Dr. Don Grant

Founder/CEO and Executive Director, (un)BOOT Camp and RESOLUTIONS TEEN CENTER

Dr. Don Grant is an internationally award-winning media psychologist, researcher, addiction specialist, Co-Founder/Executive Director of Resolutions Teen Center, (an intensive adolescent/teen outpatient treatment programme in Santa Monica; www.resolutionsteen.com), and Founder/CEO of "(un)BOOT CAMP," which assists teens, young adults, and families struggling with technology, Smartphone, online gaming, cyber/online pornography, and/or other technologically-mediated platform/device dependence, addiction, management, and negotiation. He is also Chairman of the American Psychological Association (Division 46) "Device Management" 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. Dr. Grant is 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, an MFA from the University of Southern California, and both his 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 (iCAAD; London), the APA Convention (San Francisco), The UCLA/CiR ; 2nd Annual Addiction & Mental Health Symposium (UCLA), the DFW Behavioral Health Symposium (Dallas), Thelma McMillen Center Frontiers In Addiction Lecture Series (Torrance Memorial Hospital), American Psychological Convention (Washington D.C.), "A Joyous Day To Unplug and Unwind (Malibu), the 2017 Advance L.A./Help Group Conference, "13 Reasons Why... ONE Reason Why Not" Panel Discussion, One Recovery "Technology & Device Management" Town Hall (Newport Beach), the Young Adult Transitions Association Conference (U-C Boulder), the Admissions & Marketing Symposium (Los Angeles), 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 clinicians and educators in the U.S. on behalf of Vyne Education.

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." His current research explores how the use of technology/online media platforms/devices affect/effect our biological, psychological, and sociological health and our relationships-especially in terms of cyberbullying.

Don's media credits as an expert recovery professional include: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Good Morning San Diego, Fox News Networks, The Michael Jackson Radio Show, The Associated Press, 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, John Wells Productions, and many other local, national, and international news, radio programmes and 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.


Aug 13, 2019 - Video

Crossing The Digital Divide

A blog by Dr. Don Grant, MA, MFA, CCDC, PhD Millennial technology proffers previously unimaginable opportunities which have forever changed our...


May 29, 2019 - Video

Practicing Healthier Device Management & Professional Digital Citizenship


May 30, 2018 - Video

Unplug to Reconnect: Healthy Device Management & the Practice of Good Digital Citizenship

Millennial technology proffers previously unimaginable opportunities which have forever changed much of our daily lives. Conversely, technology and...

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