Priscilla Dass-Brailsford



Priscilla Dass-Brailsford

Department Chair

  • Campus:
  • Washington, DC
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 1015 15th St NW Washington DC 20005
Office 427
1015 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, a native of South Africa, is chair and Professor in the International Psychology program at TCS. In the recent past she was an Associate Professor at Lesley University's Division of Counseling Psychology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a research faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University. She studies the effects of trauma, specifically community violence, and other stressful events and is interested in whether individuals from historically oppressed or stigmatized groups experience unique stressors or exhibit culturally specific coping processes. Dr.Dass-Brailsford has several ongoing research projects on ethnocultural violence, community violence, and disasters. Prior to moving to DC, she taught for several years and coordinated a Community Crisis Response team for the Victims of Violence program at Cambridge Health Alliance in MA that responded to affected communities in the aftermath of violence and trauma. Besides numerous other publications, she is the published author of two books: A Practical Approach to Trauma: Empowering Interventions (2007) and Crisis Disaster Counseling: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (2009). Dr. Dass-Brailsford has presented both nationally and internationally.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.A. History, Psychology Univesity of Durban-Westville, South Africa
B.A. Honours University of Durban-Westville, South Africa
U.H.D.E. University of Durban-Westville, South Africa
M.A. Child Psychology Boston College
Ed.M. Harvard University
EdD. Harvard University
Licensed Psychologist, District of Columbia
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Massachussetts
National Certified Counselor
Certified Trauma Specialist
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
PTSD/Trauma Crisis Intervention
Historical Trauma
Post-Traumatic Growth
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Secondary Traumatic Stress
Vicarious Trauma
Violence Refugees
Sexual Assault