Gordon E. MacKinnon, Ph.D. - Lifetime Achiever

Gordon E. MacKinnon, Ph.D. – Lifetime Achiever in Psychology

Troy, MI — Gordon E. MacKinnon Ph.D. is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Lifetime Achiever in Psychology and for his outstanding leadership as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director at MacKinnon and Psychological Associates, Professor of Psychology at Rochester University, and Clinical Director at Rochester University’s MacKinnon Psychology and Counseling Clinic.

Gordon E. MacKinnon, Ph.D. - Lifetime Achiever

Having maintained a private practice in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Gordon E. MacKinnon has proudly been serving children, adolescents, families, and adults in Southeast Michigan. He brings a total of 35 years of professional experience in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient psychotherapy clinics, which have included Behavioral and Neuropsychological evaluations, Marital and Family therapy, Adolescent Residential Treatment, and as a Clinical Supervisor for Doctoral candidates in training. In his current capacity, he is a well-respected Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director at MacKinnon and Psychological Associates. He utilizes his vast repertoire of knowledge as a member of the American Psychological Association, Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations, an Advanced Level III Certified Chaplain by the Academy of Certified Chaplains, and as a Level II Certified in Homeland Security. He is currently serving as Vice-President for the Academy for the Psychoanalytic Arts.

In addition to his role as a Clinical Psychologist, he serves as a Professor of Psychology at Rochester University and was formerly Chair of the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences for 15 years (serving until 2020). He has been developing the groundwork and infrastructure for a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology. He currently serves as the Clinical Director of the MacKinnon Psychology and Counseling Clinic on the campus. Dr. MacKinnon has taught in higher education for over 26 years and 23 years at Rochester University. His teaching interests have been in psychology, media and culture, pastoral care, and ethics. As a testament to his professional excellence in the academic realm, Dr. MacKinnon received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award in 2014.

In light of his academic achievements, Dr. MacKinnon completed his undergraduate studies at Rochester University with his Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Education (1981), followed by an additional Bachelor of Science degree at Oakland University (1981). Then he went on to receive his Master of Arts degree at Wayne State University in Marital and Family Therapy (1984), and with a commitment to excellence, Dr. MacKinnon obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy in Clinical Psychology (1997).

Remaining abreast of the latest advancements in his field, Dr. MacKinnon maintains active memberships with the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Family Relations, and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology has received certifications from the American College of Forensic Examiners, and the American Board of Certification in Homeland Security. He also serves as a Member and Vice-President at the Academy for the Psychoanalytic Arts. The Academy advocates for the science and art of psychoanalytic psychotherapy from a face-to-face “whole person” perspective.

Determined to share his breadth of expertise, Dr. MacKinnon has published papers and articles, mostly centered on the effects of stress and trauma as a result of medical and psychological sequelae, specific to patient-caregiver relationships, marital and partner relationships when affected by serious illness, particularly cancer, and catastrophic trauma. He has been published in the Oxford University Forum on Public Policy, the Michigan Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology Newsletter, the Journal of Health and Human Experience, the Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia, and Historical Monuments: History, Culture, Heritage, and Beyond. Moreover, he has presented for several patient groups at the William Beaumont Hospital, in continuing education lectures at Rochester University, and at the Weisberg Cancer Center. The Journal of Health and Human Experience can be accessed at http://jhhe.sempervifoundation.org/.

In his spare time, Dr. MacKinnon enjoys the magical arts and the psychology of magic. He owns an “old world” letterpress printing press manufactured in 1886 and revived his interest in printing, after many years, when his daughter asked him to print her wedding invitations.

Looking towards the future, Dr. MacKinnon hopes to step away from academia and balance his work with patients and more private consulting. The most immediate goals include the continuation of a psychotherapy practice and the supervision of Doctoral candidates in training. He would like to find time to write in the field of psychology, and continue teaching in some capacity.

Dr. MacKinnon dedicates this honorable recognition to his wife of 41 years, Nancy Keller-MacKinnon, M.S.W., a retired Social Worker for the State of Michigan and adjunct Professor of Social Work and Early Childhood Education at Rochester University, as well as his daughter Ashley E. MacKinnon-Skutt, Director of Media and Public Relations at Loyola Marymount University in southern Los Angeles. Dr. MacKinnon is expecting his first grandchild.

To learn more, please visit https://rochesteru.edu/people/gordon-e-mackinnon/.

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