George Lucas Educational Foundation

Dr. Mac

Don R. MacMannis, Ph.D. is Clinical Director of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara. He is a licensed child psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of children and families, and has been a consultant to teachers and schools for the past thirty-five years. He holds a Master's degree in School/Child Psychology, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is past President of the Santa Barbara Psychological Association. He has taught numerous courses in developmental, cognitive, behavioral and family systems psychology at graduate and undergraduate levels.

Dr. Mac is also a music director and songwriter for the PBS animation series, Jay Jay the Jet Plane. His latest creative project, Ready to Rock Kids, is an award-winning series of songs and activities to help children boost their social and emotional skills. He has written and produced over one hundred songs. He is the author of articles on parenting and clinical issues published in national newspapers and magazines, and has been interviewed on hundreds of radio programs, CNN Espanol, Time Magazine, Inside Edition, Time for Kids, AOL, and At Home-Live.

Dr. Mac's music has won the following awards:

Teacher's Choice Award

iParenting Media Award

Dr. Toy Best Vacation Products Award

First Prize, Children's Category, for "The Magic Word"
-- 2004 USA Songwriting Competition

Honorable Mention, Children's Category, for "Bye Bye Bully"-- 2006 International Songwriting Competition

The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval

Seal of Excellence Award from Creative Child Magazine

Areas of Interest: 
Music and Social and Emotional Learning

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