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About D.C. McGuire
D.C. (Donna-Christine) McGuire has been engaged in clinical practice, education, and neuroscience research for over 2 decades. 14 years of her career have been dedicated to the study of dopamine and neuroplasticity.
In her forthcoming book, The Brain You Need for the Life You Want, Or Why We’re Addicted to Stress, Overeating and Violence, she discusses the remarkable influence of dopamine on politics, business, health, education, parenting, relationships, and social issues, with particular focus on violence. The book also offers the means to harness dopamine and neuroplasticity for better immediate and future outcomes, individually and collectively.
After earning an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, D.C. became a congressional aide on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Several years later, she resettled outside New York City and established a commercial space planning and design firm. While there she served on the Urban Renewal Commission, on the Boards of the American Ballet Theater and a marine technology firm. During that time, she had one-woman showings of her art in New York, Nantucket, and Palm Beach.
Hospitalized for 4 months as the result of an auto accident, she was motivated to make a major career change. The design firm was sold. D.C. entered a graduate program in psychobiology with cross-registration at Wellesley College and MIT where she focused on psychoneuroimmunology. Her incomplete PhD dissertation concentrated on the psychological and physiological effects of light on wound healing.
Returning to the West Coast, D.C. earned a graduate degree in clinical psychology, did research on wound healing at UCLA, and established a clinical practice utilizing brain related therapies to treat chronically and terminally ill patients.
D.C. has been sponsored by professional associations, non-profit organizations, and private firms to apply recent neuroscience-based solutions to challenging issues – professionally and personally. Her presentations, nationally and internationally have shown thousands of men, women and school children how to be healthier, happier, and more successful.
She currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and is actively engaged with Human Rights Watch.