MaryCatherine McDonald

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Old Dominion University

MaryCatherine McDonald is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

She received her PhD from Boston University, and her Masters Degree from The New School. Her most recent research examines combat trauma through the lenses of phenomenology, psychology, and neuroscience, ultimately arguing that these three fields are necessary for understanding the phenomenon of trauma.

In the summer of 2015, Dr. McDonald received a grant to complete a research study on the process of reintegration from military to civilian life. In the summer of 2017, Dr. McDonald received a grant to complete a research study on yoga as adjunctive therapy for combat veterans.

In addition to her research interest in phenomenology and neuroscience, Dr. McDonald is interested in feminism (specifically issues surrounding embodiment and epistemic authority) early modern philosophy, and the philosophy of mind.

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Old Dominion University