Danielle Rousseau, PhD LMCH is a professor, researcher, clinical therapist, and certified yoga teacher. Her focus is in both policy and practice. She considers herself to be a scholar activist and a justice educator. Both her research and teaching are informed by her experience in the field of forensic psychology and trauma informed interventions. Dr. Rousseau’s professional focus has been in trauma services, gender advocacy, and advocating or equal access to justice. She is a social justice researcher and practitioner. Dr. Rousseau worked in the field of forensic mental health as a therapist in correctional facilities, winning multiple awards for her service. She also served communities doing crisis response and victim advocacy.
Dr. Rousseau is an advocate of integrative, holistic approaches that support embodied self-care. She serves as the Director of Evaluation 4 Change, a non-profit that supports curriculum development and evaluation in the yoga service sector. She experience collaborating with multiple yoga and mindfulness organizations including Yoga 4 Change, yogaHOPE, the Yoga Service Council, Sensory Enhanced Yoga, and the Open Spirit Center. Dr. Rousseau has received multiple grants including a research grant from the Chartrand Family Fund and a grant from the Florida Blue Foundation to develop, implement and evaluate an opioid specific yoga based curriculum.
Dr. Rousseau’s research, teaching and practice focus on the areas of sentencing, race and gender disparities in justice, the treatment of women within the criminal justice system, trauma, mental health, and mindfulness. Dr. Rousseau’s work is published in The Prison Journal, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Gender, Race, and Justice, Law and Society Review, The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences, The Journal of Yoga Service and many other academic journals and books. Dr. Rousseau is an author on the Yoga Service Council’s Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System and the editor for Best Practices for Yoga and Resilience: Empowering Practices for Survivors of Sexual Trauma.
Forensic Behavior Analysis
Trauma and Crisis Intervention
Crime and Delinquency
Violence and Trauma
Gender and Justice
PhD Criminology and Justice Policy, Graduate Certificate Women’s Studies – Northeastern University
MA Clinical Forensic Psychology – University of Denver
BA Psychology – University of Vermont
Yoga Certifications and Trainings
Sensory Enhanced Yoga for Self-regulation and Trauma Healing. Warriors at Ease. March 2015.
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification. Divine Play Yoga with Gregor Singleton and Claire Este-McDonald. March 2014.
Certified Trauma Informed Mind Body (TIMBo) Facilitator. YogaHOPE organization. 100 hour trauma-informed yoga training, completed March 2013. Individual certifications completed: Hands on Healing (April 2012, Port-au- Prince, Haiti); TIMBo Foundations Training (October 2013, Boston, MA); Trauma Informed Yoga (November-December 2012, Boston, MA); TIMBo Facilitation (March, 2013, Ipswich, MA).
Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga and Meditation in Military Communities. Warriors at Ease. December, 2011.