Divina T. Johnston, Psy.D., is a 2017 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Divina Johnston

Dissertation Committee:

  • Salvador Treviño, Ph.D., Dissertation Chair
  • Brett Kia-Keating, Ed.D., Committee Member
  • Yoon-Hee Cha, M.D., External Expert


Mal de Debarquement Syndrome, MdDS, Phenomenology, vestibular disorders, neurological disorders

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The objective of this study was to understand the life experiences of individuals who have been diagnosed and live with the symptoms of Mal de Debarquement Syndrome. This is a rare and incurable neurological disorder that creates a feeling of imbalance and that can lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety. This study involved a phenomenological investigation of the study participants in order to obtain data and increase awareness of this rare disorder. Eight women participated and shared their experiences with onset, diagnosis, and living with MdDS. The electronic version of this dissertation is available free at Ohiolink ETD Center,


ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3852-6537

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