Lavonda Mickens



Lavonda Mickens

Department Faculty

  • Assistant Professor

  • Campus:
  • Los Angeles
Marriage and Family Therapy
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Lavonda Mickens Braham, Ph.D. is a native of Southern California and has spent her career as a clinician and researcher within the field of psychology studying addiction and other health behaviors. As a core faculty member in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Braham regularly shares her experience and expertise in a wide range of courses, ranging from addiction treatment to clinical psychopathology.

Dr. Braham is a Licensed Psychologist who has worked with individuals with psychiatric and substance use disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings. To date, Dr. Braham has provided comprehensive services as a therapist at three addiction treatment centers in southern California. She has also worked with youth, adults and families to assess and improve health outcomes in San Diego, CA, Detroit, MI and New Orleans, LA. These health outcomes have included: substance use, eating behaviors, and emotional well-being. Dr. Braham has spent several years of her career providing treatment to urban-bound, low-income youth and families living with chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, obesity, HIV/AIDS). Furthermore, Dr. Braham worked as an inpatient emergency room (ER) psychotherapist for victims of violent crime at Detroit Receiving Hospital in Detroit, MI. During this time, Dr. Braham treated victims who sustained gunshot, robbery, and burn trauma wounds and participated in assisting individuals and families with a healthy psychological recovery. Dr. Braham also completed an APA-accredited internship at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine/Health Sciences Center in New Orleans working to improve health behavior and psychological health among trauma victims post-Hurricane Katrina. Her background is diverse, and includes 10 years of clinical training with several academic publications in addiction, substance use, body image, and depression. She practices with psychodynamic, family systems, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral approaches.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.A. in Psychology San Diego State University
M.A. in Psychology Pepperdine University
Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology Louisiana State University
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology University of Detroit Mercy
Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Southern California
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association
Member Association of Black Psychologists
Licensed Psychologist (PSY 25833)
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Faculty Advisor Black Student Union (BSU) Organization- Los Angeles, Westwood, and Irvine campuses
Psych 1 On 1 Professional Appearance Discussions of Substance Abuse and Treatment- Los Angeles, CA
Psychoeducation with minority youth at a faith-based learning academy- Los Angeles, CA
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Addiction/Substance Abuse Contingency Management
Co-occurring Disorders
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Addictions
Disaster Mental Health
Personality Disorders
Diversity African American Psychology
Diversity Issues
Gender Issues, Class
Latino/a Mental Health
Multicultural Training
Marriage & Family Family Therapy
PTSD/Trauma Vicarious Trauma

Mickens, L.,Ameringer, K., Brightman, M., & Leventhal, A. (2010). Epidemiology, determinants, and consequences of cigarette smoking in African-American women: An integrative review.Addictive Behaviors, 35,383 - 391.

Leventhal, A. M.,Mickens, L.,Dunton, G., Riggs, N. R., Sussman, S., & Pentz, M. A. (2010). Tobacco use moderates the association between major depression and obesity.Health Psychology, 29,521 - 528.

Ayala, G. X.,Mickens, L.,Galindo, P., & Elder, J. P. (2007). Acculturation and body image perception among Latino youth.Ethnicity and Health, 12,21 - 41.

Porcerelli, J. H., Cogan, R., Markova, T., Miller, K., &Mickens, L.(2011). The DSM-IV Defensive Functioning Scale: A validity study.Comprehensive Psychiatry, 52,225 - 230.