Michael Donner is a psychoanalyst and clinical and forensic psychologist in Oakland, California. He is the Immediate PAST-President of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and a past-Chair of the faculty and member of the Ethics and Impairment Committee. He is the Dean of the Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program.

He served for 10 years (six years as the Chair) on the California Psychological Association Ethics Committee and 10 years as the Chair of the Professional Affairs Committee of the Alameda County Psychological Association. He is also a Past-Chair of the California Psychological Association Division of Clinical and Professional Practice and Section on Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. 

He teaches, publishes and consults on Legal and ethical issues for Mental Health Professionals and on matters relating to Child Custody Evaluations to Family Law Professionals. He has served as a court appointed SPECIAL MASTER, Chemical Dependency Evaluator, a Child Custody Evaluator , and as an Expert Witness  for matters before the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and Board of Psychology.

He has been on the faculty at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, the Access Institute in San Francisco, CSPP Alliant International University, and St. Mary's College in Moraga Ca. 

A partial list of publications include:

Donner, Michael .B., (2013). Enough About Me. What Do You Think About Me? A Review of Understanding and Treating Pathological Narcissism by John S. Ogrodniczuk (Ed.)Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2013.

Donner, Michael B. (2012). A Private Mind: Holding On To a Sense of Privacy. The California Psychologist • March/April 2012, 6-9.

Donner, Michael B., (2011). Where character was met with in psychotherapy. [Review of the book Personality and Psychopathology: Critical Dialogues with David Shapiro by Craig Piers (Ed.; with David Shapiro)] PsychCritiques, Vol 56 (21)

Donner, Michael B.; VandeCreek, Leon; Gonsiorek, John C.; Fisher, Celia B., (2008) Balancing confidentiality: Protecting privacy and protecting the public. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Vol 39(3) 369-376.

Donner, Michael B., (2006) Tearing Children Apart: The Contribution of Narcissism, Envy and Perverse Modes of Thought to Child Custody Wars, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 3, 542–553.

Nicholas, L., &  Donner, Michael B., (2009). Ethical Standards in Custody Evaluations. The California Psychologist, 42, 2, 27-28.

Donner, Michael B..(2009). MySpace, Your Space, Facebook and Blogs: Self-Disclosure on the Internet. The California Psychologist, 42, 1, 28.

Zur, O., & Donner, M. (2009). The Google Factor: Therapists’ Transparency in the Era of Google and MySpace. The California Psychologist, 42, 1, 23-24. 

Donner, Michael B., (2008). Confidentiality: Not for patients only.  The California Psychologist. 41, 4, 22.

Donner, Michael B.,. (2007). The Ethical Use of the Listserv: Privacy and Professional Conduct. California Psychologist, Vol, 40, 6, 22.

Crespo, A., and Donner, M., (2007). Keeping Records in the Face of Disaster. The California Psychologist, Vol 40, 2, 27.

Donner, M., (2006). I heard someone say...Myths, the Ethics Code and Professional Life. The California Psychologist, Vol. 40, 1, 31.