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Ayanna Abrams, Psy.D.
1549 Clairmont Rd., Suite 108-----Decatur, GA 30033

Ph: (732) 722-6413-----E: Dr.Ayanna.Abrams@gmail.com

www.AscensionBehavioralHealth.com

LICENSURE & CERTIFICATION

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Licensed Psychologist - #PSY003613 Georgia, September 2012


Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Certification – In Progress

Trainer: Michael Barnett, LPC


American Red Cross

Disaster Mental Health Psychologist


EDUCATION

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Doctorate, Clinical Psychology, 2011; Master’s Degree, Clinical Psychology, 2008

Concentration: Multicultural & Family Systems

Dissertation Title: Consumption of Black Erotic Literature and Perceived Impact on Partner Seeking and Relationship Habits in Heterosexual African American Women


Syracuse University

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2002



Bachelor of Arts, African American Studies, 2002


CLINICAL TRAINING

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Emory University Student Counseling Center

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship, 2012

Faughn Adams, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Supervisor

  • Provided individual and couple’s counseling with undergraduate and graduate students. Facilitated interpersonal process group. Proficient in diagnostic assessment. Served as mental health liaison to Office of Multicultural Programming and Services (OMPS) and participated in campus events. Crisis intervention and after-hours on-call services. Served as clinical supervisor to an intermediate doctoral level practicum student. Coordinated and taught practicum seminar for intermediate and doctoral level practicum students on clinical and professional development topics. Co-facilitated Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) group for graduate students. Provided individual and couple’s counseling, and diagnostic assessment through Emory University and Hospital EAP (Faculty Staff Assistance Program) utilizing six-session brief therapy model. Co-facilitated grief and loss group with Emory faculty and staff.


Emory University Student Counseling Center

American Psychological Association (APA) Accredited Predoctoral Internship, 2011

Pamela Epps, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Supervisor

  • Provided individual and couple’s counseling, diagnostic assessment and co-facilitated interpersonal process group. Held crisis intervention and on-call services. Served as mental health liaison between EUCC and Office of Multicultural Programming and Services (OMPS) and also provided consultation to Residence Life staff. Outreach provision included developing and co-facilitating program relevant to black romantic relationships for students of African descent. I also supervised a doctoral level practicum student.





  • WORK EXPERIENCE

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Ascension Behavioral Health, LLC, 2012 - Present

Founder & CEO

  • I provide evaluation, counseling and consultation services to individuals, couples and organizations throughout the metro-Atlanta area. Areas of specialty include adults, racial and ethnic minorities, multicultural/diversity concerns and training, young adult populations and students through individual, couple, and group counseling. I also provide psychological assistance and treatment to employees and impaired professionals. Additionally, I consult with various organizations nationally on topics related to mental health and wellness.



Atlanta Job Corps Center, 2013 – Present

  • Center Mental Health Consultant

  • Provide social, emotional and career assistance to all student-employees to increase chances of employability. Facilitate weekly seminar to new students providing information about issues of mental health and wellness, and diversity. Deliver presentations to students and staff on topics including Psychopathology, Stress Management, Decision Making, Work-Life Balance, etc.


Emory University Faculty Staff Assistance Program, 2012 – 2014

  • Contract Staff Psychologist

  • Responsibilities included diagnostic assessment, individual and couple’s counseling, family treatment and case management through Emory University and Hospital EAP (Faculty Staff Assistance Program), utilizing six-session brief therapy model.


Emory University Student Counseling Center, 2012 – 2014

Contract Staff Psychologist

Provided diagnostic assessment and brief individual and couples therapy to undergraduate and graduate students presenting with a wide range of mental health issues.


Morehouse College Counseling and Resource Center, August 2012 – November 2012

  • Contract Staff Psychologist

  • Responsibilities included diagnostic assessment and six-session model individual psychotherapy with undergraduate, primarily African American male students presenting with a wide range of mental health concerns.



Community Mental Health Council, 2008 – 2010

Parent Assessment Team - Assistant to the Psychologist

  • Reviewed psychological, court, hospital, and the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) records and condensed information for dissemination and review by Parent Assessment Team. Consulted weekly with a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and doctoral candidates on Parent Assessment Team (PAT) tasks to write forensic assessment reports for DCFS. Reviewed and edited forensic documents written by multidisciplinary PAT for final distribution to DCFS. Trained and supervised diagnostic externs in clinical interviewing, psychological report writing, forensic report writing and therapy.



CLINICAL PRACTICA EXPERIENCE

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Roosevelt University Counseling Center, 2009 – 2010

Advanced Extern

Mary Grigar, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Supervisor

Individual therapy, diagnostic assessment crisis intervention with college aged (undergraduate, graduate and professional) populations. I also provided outreach (psycho-education, workshops and program development) for students and staff.


Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., 2008 – 2009

Therapy Extern

Drew McLeod, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Supervisor

Diagnostic assessment, individual and group therapy with adults presenting with a wide range of severe and persistent mental illnesses. Groups included psycho-educational groups and interpersonal process groups i.e. social skills training, anger management, healthy eating/meal planning, healthy emotions and substance recovery groups.


Community Mental Health Council, 2007 – 2008

Diagnostic Extern

Grant White, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Supervisor

Diagnostic assessment and psychological testing (intellectual and personality) of children, adolescents and adults. Group co-facilitation with children diagnosed with ADHD. Forensic assessment of families with the Parenting Assessment Team (PAT) which included structured interviews with parents with various mental illnesses coupled with open Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) allegations of abuse or neglect of their children; assessed level of potential risk or harm these parents pose to their children through audio and videotaped interviews and observation of family dynamics.



RESEARCH

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2010

Dissertation Title: Consumption of Black Erotic Literature and Perceived Impact on Partner Seeking and Relationship Habits in Heterosexual African American Women

Chair: Chante’ DeLoach, Psy.D.

A qualitative study exploring the perceived impact of consumption of black erotic literature on relationship habits and expectations of heterosexual black women in relationships with black men. Implemented focused dyadic interviewing to conduct 60-90 minute interviews with women regarding their experiences with reading black erotic literature, stereotypes in the black community, and romantic relationships with black men.
University of Chicago Institute for Juvenile Research, 2009

Co-Facilitator

Primary Investigator: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D.

  • Promoted pilot study of IMARA (Informed, Motivated, Aware and Responsible about AIDS) program. Implemented 2-day workshops for African American at-risk mothers and their teenage daughters on STI and HIV/AIDS awareness, education, prevention and intervention.


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2007 - 2008

Research Assistant

Primary Investigator: Chante’ DeLoach, Psy.D.

  • Served on research team focused on ethnic and gender discrimination, workplace stress, and coping styles in sample of Ethiopian nationals.


SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2005 – 2006

Research Assistant

Primary Investigator: Richard O’Neill, Ph.D.

  • Ten-year data analysis of research study on Systems Centered Therapy (SCT) annual conferences.


Syracuse University Department of Psychology, 2005 – 2006

Research Assistant

  • Meta-analyzed research interventions on Mental Retardation in child populations.


Syracuse University Department of Psychology, 2004

Research Assistant

  • Implemented reading interventions with elementary school children in school settings.



  • SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & MEDIA APPEARANCES

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  • Atlanta Job Corps Center, April 2016

  • Mental Health Consultant

  • Sexual Assault Education


Atlanta Job Corps Center, Feb 2016

Mental Health Consultant

  • Conflict Resolution



  • Reconnect Chiropractic Women’s Luncheon, March 2016

  • Presenter

  • Mindfulness Meditation, Stress Management, Work/Life Balance & Practicing Nonjudgment



  • Emory University Student Counseling Center, October 2015

  • Presenter

  • Cultural Considerations in the Clinical Treatment of Heterosexual Couples of African Descent




  • Dekalb Medical Pediatrics Conference, July 2015

  • Presenter

  • A Foundational Overview of Gender Dysphoria



  • Atlanta Job Corps Center, May 2015

Mental Health Consultant

Making the Right Choices





  • Black Celebrity Giving, Inc, May 2015

  • Empowerment Panelist



  • Dr. Sarah’s Hourglass Radio Show, April 2015

  • Guest

  • Interview Title: Social Media, Anxiety and Mood


Dr. Sarah’s Hourglass Radio Show, March 2015

Guest

Interview Title: We’ve Finished High School, Now What?


Live & Love, LLC and Velvet Lips, LLC, October 2014

Panelist

Participated in a panel discussion on sex, sexuality sex addiction as portrayed in the media vs. clinical presentations in therapeutic settings.





  • Huffington Post Live , November 2013

  • Guest Expert

  • Is the Label “Crazy” Problematic for Women?


Atlanta Job Corps Center, October 2013

Mental Health Consultant

Campaign Against Bullying




  • Siemens Corporation USA, PRIDE Network’s Lunch & Learn, NJ, November 2012

Facilitator

StressBreak: Stress Within the LGBT Community


Single Black Male (SBM.org) Blog, December 2011

Guest Blogger

The Problem with Black Men Accusing Black Women of Being Crazy








RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

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  • DeLoach, C., Bolden, M., Ball, J., Abrams, A. (2008) The Boondocks: Use of Provocative Media in Teaching Multicultural Competence. Presented at The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Annual Convention: Chicago, IL. (Poster)



  • McFadden, M., Abrams, A., Arizmendi, P. (2008) Training through Intergroup Dialogue. Presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Annual Cultural Impact Conference: Chicago, IL. (Poster)



PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)

Georgia Psychological Association (GPA)

International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)



LEADERSHIP

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Association of Black Psychologists, Chicago Chapter (ABPsi), 2007 – 2010

Executive Board Member and Student Representative Co-Chair


The Chicago School Student Association (CSSA), 2007 – 2008

Secretary/Historian




COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

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Use Your Words, Inc, 2015 - Present

American Red Cross of Metropolitan Atlanta, 2015 - Present

Black Celebrity Giving, 2015 - Present

Multicultural Mentoring Program, 2006-2008 BeHIV – Better Existence with HIV, 2006-2008

SKILLS

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  • Proficient in the following programs in Microsoft Office. Proficient in EAPiSoft: EAP software, Daybreak software and Titanium university counseling software.



REFERENCES

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Chante’ DeLoach, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Professor

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

325 N. Wells St.

Chicago, IL 60654

cdeloach@thechicagoschool.edu

312.329.6681


Pamela Epps, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Associate Director for Training

Emory University Counseling Center

1462 Clifton Rd., Suite 235

Atlanta, GA 30322

pepps@emory.edu

404.727.7450


Faughn Adams, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Emory University Counseling Center

1462 Clifton Rd., Suite 235

Atlanta GA, 30322

fadams@emory.edu

404.727.7450


Marilyn Hazzard-Lineberger, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Emory University Faculty Staff Assistance Program

1762 Clifton Rd.

Atlanta, GA 30322

mlinebe@emory.edu

404.727.3428



A. Abrams, Psy.D.



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