School of Education

Professor Donna-Maria B. Maynard


Professor Donna-Maria B. Maynard
Title: Professor of Psychology (Clinical and Counselling Psychology)
Department: School of Education
Discipline: Psychology
Additional Titles: Registered Psychologist
  • Ph.D., The University of the West Indies, 2007
  • MA, The University of Sussex,1994
  • B.Sc., The University of Warwick, 1992
Contact: Telephone no: (246) 417-4430
Fax no: (246) 417-9615
Teaching Areas: Undergraduate:
  • PSYC 3011 - Research Paper in Psychology
  • PSYC 3028 -Theory and Practice of Counselling Psychology
  • PSYC 3017 - Personality Theory and Assessment Part II
  • PSYC 3030 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • EDCL 6000 - School Counselling: Guidance Programmes & Professional Knowledge
  • EDCL 6001 - Individual and Group Counselling
  • EDCL 6002 - Fundamentals of Practice in Educational and Career Guidance
  • EDPS 6900 - Field Placement Practicum
  • EDRS 6910 - M.Ed. Research Project
Prior to relocating from the UK, Dr Maynard had a range of work experience in mental health settings. In Barbados she entered the field of Education where she worked as a counsellor in both secondary and tertiary institutions. She attended the UWI and received her PhD Education - Educational Psychology in 2007. She has 19 years of work experience teaching psychology and counselling in the Caribbean at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as providing research and clinical supervision for psychologists and counsellors in training.

Dr Maynard serves on the editorial board of the Caribbean Journal of Psychology and is a peer reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Counselling Psychology, Caribbean Educational Research Journal and the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. She is also an executive member of the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations (CANPA) and a Past President of the Barbados Association of Psychologists.
Research: Research Interests and Achievements:

Dr Maynard’s teaching and research interests span overlapping strands of clinical, counselling and educational psychology with emphasis on children and adolescents, identity development, disabilities, mental illness, sexuality, psychoeducational assessment and issues affecting students and teachers. Her current research addresses learning processes and the assessment of learning disabilities.

She has received the following awards for research and teaching:
  • The UWI Inaugural Campus Research Day Award for best collaborative research (2010)
  • The UWI, Cave Hill, Principal’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014)
  • The University of the West Indies, CETL/Guild Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2018).

Main Research Projects:
Culturally appropriate psychoeducational assessment of learning disabilities.
The role and use of psychometric tests in the assessment of children in the English-speaking Caribbean will be explored: use of assessment instruments and interpretation of results; administration of tests to a representative sample of Caribbean adolescents with the intent of establishing norms.

Maynard, D-M., & Jules, M. A. (2017). Mind the gap! WEIRD psychological assessment of Caribbean children. The International Psychology Bulletin 21(4), 26-31.

Maynard, D-M., & Jules, M. A. (2017) Promoting Inclusive Education in Barbados: Applications of the Pre-Service Emerging Reflective Teacher Training (PERTT) Model. Caribbean Curriculum, 25, 19 – 37.

Maynard, D. (2013). The history and current status of psychology in Barbados: Research and Professional Practice. Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 47(2), 227-238.

Maynard, D., Campbell, M.H., Devonish, D., Leon, T., Roberti, J., & Emmanuel M. K. (2010). Psychometric properties and factorial structure of the State Trait Anxiety Inventory-Trait Version (STAI-T) in Caribbean university students. The Journal of Psychology in Africa, 20(1), 7-12.

Maynard, D., & Welch, P. (2009). Coping strategies of Caribbean “Problem Students.” International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 31(1), 17-31

Additional Information:
  • Registered Clinical Psychologist under the Paramedical Professions Act Cap. 372C, Barbados
  • Past President of the Barbados Society of Psychology
  • American Psychological Association, International Affiliate Member
  • Former member of the Paramedical Professions Council of the Ministry of Health
  • Past President of the Barbados Association of Guidance Counsellors

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