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Donna A. Tonrey, Psy.D., LMFT
Director MFT Program/Athens/Montco/Bucks
Office: 218 Wister Hall
Phone: 215-991.3726
Fax: 215-951-5140
E-mail: tonrey@lasalle.edu

Education:
B.A Temple University; M.A. La Salle University, Psy.D. La Salle University

Licensure, Certifications & Other Credentials:
Licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Pennsylvania

Clinical interests:
Relationship issues and interventions, Family systems, Working with couples

Research Interests:
Further development of the Family Building Projective Technique (FBPT; Tonrey, 2001), which is an interactive projective technique utilizing a systems approach to therapeutic practice. Research evidence indicates an increase in Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) clients’ willingness to discuss family issues in group sessions, a reduction in tension with regard to family issues, and an increase in client awareness and participation. Research data indicates that clients’ project their own family-of-origin issues and constructs, which therefore indicates that FBPT is a therapeutic intervention which assists PHP clients to process through family issues in an effective and non-threatening manner.

Professional Development

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Board Member and Treasurer for the Association for Marriage and Family Therapists Regulatory Board
  • Board Member of the PA State Licensing Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
  • Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • 2008 – Awarded Marriage and Family Therapist of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Chair of the COAMFTE Committee for La Salle University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program. We are presently are Candidacy eligible and will submit our self-study in July 2007
  • Chair of the Comprehensive Exam Committee for La Salle University’s Graduate Clinical Counseling Psychology Program
  • Member of the Graduate Steering Committee for La Salle University’s Graduate Clinical Counseling Psychology Program
  • Member of the Clinical Committee for La Salle University’s Graduate Clinical Counseling Psychology Program
  • Member of the Student Progress Evaluation Committee for La Salle University’s Graduate Clinical Counseling Psychology Program
  • 2000 – 2001 Past President – Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • 1998 – 2000 President – Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 
  • 1996 – 1998 President Elect – Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • 1994 – 1996 Graduate Program Training Representative for the Board of the Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 
  • 1994 – Awarded Top Ten Business Woman by the American Business Women’s Association

Courses taught at La Salle University:

  • PCMF 500 – Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • PCMF 602 – Advanced Counseling Lab
  • PCMF 603 – Human Sexuality
  • PCMF 611 – Insight Oriented Approaches in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • PCMF 612 – Group Process in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • PCMF 614 – Working with Families
  • PCMF 616 – Contextual Therapy
  • PCMF 624 – Marital Therapy
  • PCMF 628 – Understanding Relationships
  • PCMF 634 – Addictions and the Family
  • PSY 660 - Counseling Practicum
  • PSY 661 - Professional/Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • PCMF 680 - Internship
  • PCMF 690 - Professional/Case Seminar

Recent Publications & Presentations:

Tonrey, D.A. (2007, November).  Telling family stories. Families In Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.

Tonrey, D.A. (2007, March).  Foundations of the Family Building Projective Technique:An interactive therapeutic technique.  Poster session presented at the Eastern   

Psychological Association AnnualConference, Philadelphia, PA.
Tonrey, D. A. (2007, January).  Self-study for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and FamilyTherapy Education. Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Philadelphia: La Salle University, Department of Psychology.

Tonrey, D. A. (2006, November).  Staying in charge of our lives: Caring for the caregiver. Keynote Speaker, Nursing Symposium, St. Mary’s Medical Center,  Langhorne, PA

Tonrey, D. A. (2006, May). A gift of wisdom. [Review of the book Letters to Sam: A grandfather’s lessons on love, loss and the gifts of life.] Philadelphia Inquirer.

Tonrey, D. A., Miller, P., & Hill, E. (2006, April).  Value of role play with clients: The Family Building Projective Technique.  Poster session presented at the Grimes lecture for La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Organizations:

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (PAMFT)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA)
  • American Psychological Society (APS)

Hobbies and Interests:

  • Reading novels: Favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Exercise – walking mostly
  • Traveling – I have had the good fortune to travel to Athens, Greece and Prague, Czech Republic for La Salle. Personally, I have had the good fortune to travel to England, Italy and Ireland. Paris is on the list for some day.
  • Movies – Drama
  • Would love to get back into horseback riding. We shall see…