Nicole McDonald

Professor of Psychology, Disability Accommodations Officer

Staff Positions

  • Traditional Undergrad Academics / Social Science


Ph.D. in School Psychology, Michigan State University

Ed.S. in School Psychology, Michigan State University

M.A. in Educational Psychology, Michigan State University

B.G.S. Psychology/Sociology/Business, University of Michigan


About Nicole

Dr. McDonald’s role at Cornerstone includes teaching psychology and family studies courses, overseeing psychology and family studies internships, advising and mentoring students, ensuring program accessibility for students with disabilities, overseeing the Accommodations Review Committee, and working to educate the community on disability-related matters. She was recognized in 2009 with Cornerstone’s Faculty Teaching Award. Outside of work, she enjoys photography, mixed-media art, athletics, Lake Michigan beaches, traveling and exploring new places. Even though she earned degrees from Michigan State, Dr. McDonald is a U of M fan at heart. She also takes over 100 photos almost every day.

Professional Interests

  • Creative therapies
  • Children’s learning and development
  • Educational approaches for children and adolescents