Danielle Rousseau

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 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 justice, trauma, gender, mental health, mindfulness, inclusivity and resilience. 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 International Journal of Yoga Therapy, The Journal of Yoga Service and many other academic journals and books. Dr. Rousseau is a sought-after national speaker and trainer and  has developed a diverse range of curricula and training. 

Dr. Rousseau’s book Yoga and Resilience: Empowering Practices for Survivors of Sexual Trauma is due out this summer.






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Forensic Behavior Analysis

Trauma and Crisis Intervention

Crime and Delinquency

Violence and Trauma


Research Methods

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. 

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification. Divine Play Yoga with Gregor Singleton and Claire Este-McDonald. 

Certified Trauma Informed Mind Body (TIMBo) Facilitator. YogaHOPE organization. 100 hour trauma-informed yoga training. Individual certifications completed: Hands on Healing (Port-au- Prince, Haiti); TIMBo Foundations Training (Boston, MA); Trauma Informed Yoga (Boston, MA); TIMBo Facilitation (Ipswich, MA).

Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga and Meditation in Military Communities. Warriors at Ease. 


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