Marina Dorian, PhD, CP

Core Associate Professor
MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Concentration( In residence & low-residency)
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN - PhD, 2007 / Clinical and Community Psychology / / UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN - MA, 2001 / Clinical and Community Psychology / / UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES- BA, 1997 / Psychology; Russian Language and Literature /
MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Concentration( In residence & low-residency)
The Mindful Counselor / Extending Mindfulness / Couples Therapy / Diagnostic Psychopathology / Assessment / Research Methods / Meditation Instruction

Marina Dorian, PhD, is an associate professor and associate chair of the Mindfulness Based Transpersonal Counseling Program. She is a clinical psychologist and meditation instructor. Dr. Dorian earner her doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and previously held a faculty position at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She currently has a clinical practice focused on mindfulness based therapy, treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and couple and family therapy. Dr. Dorian has been a meditation practitioner in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn for almost twenty years and facilitates a sangha for mothers. Her interests include yoga, meditation, dance, travel, hiking, literature and film.

  • Dorian, M. (2021). Mindful love: Buddhist and research perspectives. In Kaklauskas, F., Nimmanhedinda, S., Hoffman, L., Jack, M. S. & Perlstein, J. Eds. Brilliant Sanity: Buddhist approaches to psychotherapy and counseling, Volume 1: Revised and expanded edition.
  • Dorian, M. & Kelly, L. (2018). Doing well and doing good: An Exploration of the role of mindfulness in the entrepreneurial opportunity recognition and evaluation process. New / England Journal of Entrepreneurship, 20(2), 25-35.
  • Dorian, M., & Killebrew, J. (2014). A study of mindfulness and self-care: A path to self-compassion for female therapists in training. Women and Therapy, 37:1-2, 155-163, DOI:10.1080/02703149.2014.850345.
  • Dorian, M. (2014). Family stress theories. Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia. Sage Reference.
  • Dorian, M. (2014). Systems theory. Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia. Sage Reference.
  • Ramirez, J., Hernandez, B., & Dorian, M., (2009). Mexican American caregivers’ coping / efficacy: Associations with caregivers’ distress and positivity to their relatives with schizophrenia, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 4, 162-170.
  • Dorian, M., Ramirez, J., Lopez, S., & Hernandez, B. (2008). Acceptance and expressed emotion in / Mexican American caregivers of relatives with schizophrenia. Family Process, 47, 215-228
  • Cordova, J. V., Scott, R. L., Dorian, M., Mirgain, S., Yaeger, D., & Groot, A. (2005). The / marriage checkup: A motivational interviewing approach to the promotion of marital / health with couples at-risk for relationship deterioration. Behavior Therapy. 36, 301-310.
  • Dorian, M. & Cordova, J. V. (2004). Observing intimacy in couples’ interactions. / Invited chapter in P. K. Kering & D. Baucom (Eds.), Couple observational coding systems. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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