Donald is a clinical-child psychologist and family therapist in practice since 1971, a child custody and family mediator, and a national and international trainer and consultant in child psychology and mediation since 1977. He was director of the family courts services in Santa Cruz County for 17 years and has mediated over 5,000 custody disputes. He is the author of the classic text, Mediating Child Custody Disputes: A Strategic Approach (1983/1998 Rev., Jossey-Bass/Wiley), co-author of Splitting America: How Politicians, Super Pacs and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce (2012, HCI Press) and co-author of The Child Support Solution: Unhooking Custody from Support (2019, CSS Press). He serves on the Editorial Boards of several international journals of conflict resolution, is Editor-in-Chief of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators’ publications and has published extensively in the professional literature on divorce mediation and child psychology. He taught on the Psychology Faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for 41 years, and is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution since 2009.
His website is: www.donsaposnek.com.