Adjunct Faculty - Music and Theatre Department
Born and raised in Martinsville, Virginia, Damian began his music therapy studies at Radford University and went on complete his internship at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. There, he gained experience working in a community hospital inpatient and outpatient (children and adults) behavioral health program in Wheeling, West Virginia for almost four years. During this time, he began his graduate work through Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. While finishing up the last revisions of his thesis examining the effects of music therapy on empathy levels in adolescent females, Damian accepted a new job working for the State of California’s Department of State Hospitals. Since 2007, he has resided in Napa, California and has worked with the states’ forensic psychiatric population implementing interventions with the focus of assisting patients to be restored to competency to stand trial. Additionally, he has used his group facilitation skills to work with staff treatment teams to develop effective communication and conflict resolution skills, aiding in increased teamwork and delivery of quality clinical care. Damian is thrilled to be in his third year teaching as an adjunct faculty instructor at SMWC in classes such as Therapeutic Processes in Music Therapy and also Clinical Improvisation. When not working or grading papers, he can be found hiking, biking, playing water polo, making music, and is a part/full time wine and food enthusiast.