- M.A. in Psychology, Sonoma State University, 2002
- E.D.D. in Education, Fiedling Graduate University, 2007
Dr. Downey has been living in Sonoma County since 1986 and has enjoyed seeing it further develop it's commitment to sustainability, community, and the arts. He has found it's low-key temperament appealing to personal, educational, and professional growth.
More recently, he has enjoyed being apart of the Canine Companions for Independence community who have been instrumental in providing him with the best quality services dogs, which have enabled him to enjoy our beautiful community, moderate climate, and different groups of people with a greater since of independence.
Dr. Downey is a strong advocate of the "Go Local" indicative in Santa Rosa, which strongly advocates for local businesses and services.
- City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority, Commissioner (2016- present)
- Advisory Committee of the IHSS Public Authority, Member (2016- present)
- Disability Services and Legal Center, Board President & Executive (2017- present)
- North Bay Alliance for Professional Women, Board Vice-President (2019-present)
Dr. Downey's Tips and Tricks for Practicing Happiness!
- 15 tips to boost your well-being and happiness
- 8 Scientifically Proven Ways to Increase Your Happiness
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- 2010 American Psychological Association Distinguished Instructor
- 2013 Awarded Recognition by Congressman Jared Huffman, CA 2nd District
- 2015 Village to Village Global Project Award Recipient
- 2016 Honorary Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi