Donna Minter

Donna MinterDonna L. Minter, PhD completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1997. Early in her life she witnessed the devastating traumatic effects of structural racism when her family lived on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. As a young adult she worked as a houseparent at a group home for drugs addicts in England, and after college at a residential wilderness school for emotionally disturbed girls in northern Virginia. After her graduate fellowship, she worked as neuropsychologist with adjudicated youth in WI and then at a regional epilepsy center in Saint Paul, MN. Since 2001, she has witnessed the ravaging effects of unhealed psychological trauma while conducting psychological evaluations with over 750 adult defendants in the Wisconsin criminal justice system. In 2010 she began teaching Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience – the STAR Training. In 2013, she founded the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, a nonprofit organization that administers STAR-related and restorative justice community and continuing education trainings in Minnesota and beyond. MNPeacebuilding teaches positive productive alternatives to revenge to transform psychological trauma into nonviolent power.

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