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Michael Brant DeMaria

Michael Brant DeMaria, psychologist, author, speaker and recording artist. Licensed clinical psychologist, Florida; registered play therapist; diplomate in expressive therapy. Recipient Merit scholarship Department Psychology, Department Philosophy University West Florida, Alumni Foundation scholarship, Distinguished Alumni award, 1992; nominee Grammy award.


  • Bachelor in Psychology magna cum laude, University West Florida, 1982. Bachelor in Philosophy magna cum laude, University West Florida, 1982. Master of Arts in Psychology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, 1983.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, 1987.


  • Doctoral intern Baptist Hospital and Lakeview Center, Pensacola, Florida, 1985-1986. Resident Clinical Psychology Association, 1986-1988, clinical psychologist, 1988-1989. Founder, clinical psychologist, president, clinical director DeMaria and Associate, since 1989.

    Founder, director Ontos: A Center for Being, since 2001. Therapist Counseling Center Point Park College, Pittsburgh, 1983-1984, Center Training and Research in Psychology Duquesne University, 1983-1986, instructor Psychology Department, 1983-1985, research assistant, 1983-1985. Faculty associate University West Florida, since 1985.

    Consultant Adolescent Stress Center Baptist Hospital, Pensacola, 1985-1989, IMPACT Program, 1986-1988, Child Protection Team, 1986-1989. Consultant/expert witness State Attorney Office, Pensacola, Renascence Recovery Center, Anchorage Counseling Services, Community Drug & Alcohol Commission, Rivendale Hospital. Speaker in field.

Major achievements

  • Licensed clinical psychologist, Florida. Registered play therapist. Diplomate in expressive therapy.


  • Author: Horns and Halos: Towards the Blessing of Darkness, 1992, Ever Flowing on: On Being and Becoming Oneself, 2001, (Civil Defense) The River, 2003. Contributor articles to The Humanistic Psychologist, International Journal of Play Therapy, Art and Psychotherapy: An International Journal.


Member Florida Legislation Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Reports, 1988-1990. Member American Psychological Association, Society for Personality Assessment, Association for Play Therapy, Southeastern Psychological Association, Florida Psychological Association (treasurer since 1989), Psi Chi, Phi Kappa Phi.



Music, writing, poetry, drums, flute.


  • Son of Francesco and Jacqueline (Campbell) democratic. Married Kathleen Jean Kies, July 4, 1982. 1 child, Danielle.
  • father: Francesco DeMaria
  • mother: Jacqueline (Campbell) DeMaria
  • spouse: Kathleen Jean Kies
  • child: Danielle DeMaria
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  • 1982
    University West Florida
  • 1982
    University West Florida
  • 1983
    Duquesne University
  • 1987
    Duquesne University
  • 1985 - 1986
    Doctoral intern, Baptist Hospital and Lakeview Center
    Pensacola, Florida, United States
  • 1986 - 1988
    resident, Clinical Psychology Association
  • 1988 - 1989
    resident, Clinical Psychology Association
  • 1989