Donica Harper is a first-generation Bajan- American third-year doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University. She graduated from the Winston-Salem State University with a dual bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology in 2013. She obtained her M.A. in Military Psychology from Adler University and her Certificate of Professional Counseling Studies from the University of Baltimore.
Since her time at Fielding, Donica has been expanding and honing in on her clinical, professional, and research niches. Her clinical niches are interpersonal trauma in children/teenagers, couples, racial and sexual trauma and identity in BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, and military/first responders. She is also passionate about exploring, teaching, and researching areas around racial and sexual identity disparities and intersectional concerns. Donica recently coined a new framework called the B.R.A.G. method that encourages Black and Brown individuals to brag about themselves through finding a sense of being, embracing how remarkable they are, becoming accomplished, and sitting in the power of their gifts.
Donica served as the Vice-President of the Black Student Association during the pandemic and is currently transitioning to becoming the President of the Black Student Association. She is also the Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology) Student Ambassador for Fielding. Donica also serves as the Student Delegate for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, formally named the Retention, Recruitment, and Diversity Committee, in the School of Psychology. Donica was also recently awarded the first inaugural award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the D.E.I. Committee of the Clinical Psychology Program. Donica’s future career goals are to become a licensed psychologist running her group practice, author several workbooks, and texts on her niches, and become a graduate professor at a local H.B.C.U.