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Thema Bryant-Davis, Ph.D.

Thema Bryant-Davis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

Phone: (818) 501-1632
thema.bryant-davis
@drthema
School: Graduate School of Education and Pyschology
Location: Encino

Areas of Expertise

  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual trauma
  • War trauma
  • Human trafficking
  • Racism and discrimination

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Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis teaches Individual and Family Development: A Life Cycle Approach, Trauma in Diverse Populations, Expressive Arts Therapy, Intimate Partner Violence, and Professional Practice and Mental Health Systems. Her research expertise is in the cultural context of trauma, particularly child abuse, partner abuse, sexual assault and the societal trauma of racism. She directs the Culture and Trauma Research Lab, which studies the intersection of cultural context and trauma recovery. 

Dr. Bryant-Davis' work has been highlighted on the Ricki Lake Show, PBS and BET, as well as in The Boston Globe.

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis teaches Individual and Family Development: A Life Cycle Approach, Trauma in Diverse Populations, Expressive Arts Therapy, Intimate Partner Violence, and Professional Practice and Mental Health Systems. In 2007 the American Psychological Association awarded her the Emerging Leader of Women in Psychology Award for her scholarship and clinical work on violence against women. In addition, she was awarded the Sarah Allen Research on the Status of Black Women Award. Her research expertise is in the cultural context of trauma, particularly child abuse, partner abuse, sexual assault and the societal trauma of racism. Her work has been highlighted on the Ricki Lake Show, PBS and BET, as well as in The Boston Globe.

Dr. Bryant-Davis is author of the book Thriving in the Wake of Trauma: A Multicultural Guide and is published in the journals The Counseling PsychologistProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice, and Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. Dr. Bryant-Davis serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Her book chapters can be found in the books The Complete Guide to Mental Health for WomenThe Psychology of Racism and DiscriminationThe Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma, and Featuring Females; Feminist Analyses of the Media.

On a global level, Dr. Bryant-Davis was selected as an American Psychological Association representative to the United Nations where she provided education, advocacy, and monitoring of Member States' mental health policies for three years; she currently serves as the Global and International Issues Chairperson for the Society for the Psychology of Women. She also serves on the American Psychological Association Committee on Women in Psychology.

Dr. Bryant-Davis directs the Culture and Trauma Research Lab, which studies the intersection of cultural context and trauma recovery. 

Education

Ph.D., Duke University

M.A., Duke University

B.A., Duke University