Donald F. Dansereau

Emeritus Professor of  Psychology and Consulting Scientist—
Former IBR Associate Director for Cognitive Interventions

Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology
Carnegie- Mellon University

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Don Dansereau is presently a consulting scientist with the IBR. He was on the faculty at Texas Christian University from 1968 to 2011, where he was a Professor of Psychology and also served as Associate Director for Cognitive Interventions in the IBR. He was Principal Investigator for the CETOP (Cognitive Enhancements for the Treatment of Probationers) Project, a NIDA-funded research grant and he served as a Research Scientist on a number of other IBR grants. Dr. Dansereau taught graduate statistics and cognitive psychology, and his research focused on cognitive approaches for improving education, drug abuse prevention and treatment, and parenting. His primary contributions have been the development of spatial techniques for improving the communication between clients and counselors. This work provided the foundation for TCU Mapping-Enhanced Counseling and the creation of perspective taking games and tools (i.e., the Downward Spiral Game and the Thought Team) to increase creative problem solving. Grants from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Education, U.S. Army Research Institute, National Science Foundation, and National Institute on Drug Abuse have funded his research. His publications include over 200 papers.

Featured Interview

APA’s summer The Addictions Newletter features TCU Mapping-Enhanced Counseling (TMEC) in “Bridging the Gap: An interview with Donald F. Dansereau” (PDF: 1.3 mg/20 pages).

Selected Publications

Dansereau, D. F., Knight, D. K., & Flynn, P. M. (2013). Improving adolescent judgment and decision making. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44(4), 274-282.  [Abstract]

Simpson, D. D., Joe, G. W., Dansereau, D. F., & Flynn, P. M. (2011). Addiction treatment outcomes, process and change: Texas Institute of Behavioral Research at Texas Christian University. Addiction, 106(10), 1733-1740.  PMCID: PMC3003748  [Abstract]

Czuchry, M., Newbern-McFarland, D., & Dansereau, D. F. (2009). Visual representation tools for improving addiction treatment outcomes. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 41(2), 181-187.  [Abstract]

Dansereau, D. F., & Simpson, D. D. (2009). A picture is worth a thousand words: The case for graphic representations. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 40(1), 104-110.  [Abstract]

Rao, S. R., Czuchry, M. L., & Dansereau, D. F. (2009). Gender differences in psychosocial functioning across substance abuse treatment. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 41(3), 267-273.  [Abstract]

Simpson, D. D., & Dansereau, D. F. (2007). Assessing organizational functioning as a step toward innovation. Science & Practice Perspectives, April, 20-28.  PMCID: PMC2851070  [Abstract]

Czuchry, M., & Dansereau, D. F. (2005). Using motivational activities to facilitate treatment involvement and reduce risk. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 37(1), 7-13.  [Abstract]

Dansereau, D. F. (2005). Node-link mapping principles for visualizing knowledge and information. In S. O. Tergan & T. Keller (Eds.), Knowledge visualization and information visualization: Searching for synergies(pp. 61-81). Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

Czuchry, M., & Dansereau, D. F. (2003). A model of the effects of node-link mapping on drug abuse counseling. Addictive Behaviors, 28(3), 537-549.  [Abstract]

Czuchry, M., & Dansereau, D. F. (2003). Cognitive skills training: Impact on drug abuse counseling and readiness for treatment. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 29(1),
1-18.  [Abstract]

Dansereau, D. F., & Dees, S. M. (2002). Mapping training: The transfer of a cognitive technology for improving counseling. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 22(4), 219-230.  [Abstract]

Bahr, G. S., & Dansereau, D. F. (2001). Bilingual knowledge maps (BiK-Maps) in second language vocabulary learning. Journal of Experimental Education, 70(1), 5-24.  [Abstract]

Newbern, D. & Dansereau, D. F. (2001). Evolutions in scripted co-operative learning: Emotional competence. In N. Falchikov (Ed.), Learning together: Peer tutoring in higher education
(pp. 257-261). London: Routledge Falmer.

Blankenship, J. & Dansereau, D. F. (2000). The effect of animated node-link displays on information recall and session evaluation. Journal of Experimental Education, 68(4), 293-308.  [Abstract]