Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, Ed.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Dass-Brailsford

Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Licensed Psychologist, District of Columbia

2115 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 140
Washington, DC 20007

Phone: 202-687-7490
Fax: 202-687-0694


Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, EdD, MPH, studies the effects of trauma and violence and other stressful events, especially 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 HIV/AIDS: understanding maternal disclosure of HIV, developing an intervention for women living with HIV/AIDS who have histories of trauma and addictions and investigating the life histories of women living with HIV/AIDS. In the past she has worked with at-risk families in urban communities exposed to violence in the home and community. She has submitted grant proposals that sought to develop interventions to support parents in the aftermath of disasters and community violence. Besides numerous peer-reviewed publications, she is the author of two books: A Practical Approach to Trauma: Empowering Interventions (2007) and Disaster and Crisis Response: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (2009). Dr. Dass-Brailsford is an APA Fellow and has a trauma focused clinical practice.



Psychological effects of trauma and violence on ethnic minority and indigenous communities; Co-morbidity of HIV, PTSD and Substance Abuse among Women living with HIV; Mental health consequences of natural disasters nationally and globally; Intersection of trauma and homelessness among mothers of young children; the role of traditional healers in treatment of mental illness in South Africa.

Grants & Experience

  • Traumatic Life Experiences of Women Living with HIV
  • Using Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression to Enhance HAART Adherence
  • Women’s Serious Mental Illness and Pathways to Jail
  • Maternal Disclosure of HIV
  • Improving Communication between Primary Care Providers and their Trauma Patients
  • Community Violence and Inner City Youth
  • Ethnocultural Violence in Sri Lanka
  • Institutional Mistrust and intergenerational trauma
  • Racial Identity Development among Counseling Students
  • Safer and Stronger Girls Initiative
  • Ethnographic study on Resiliency among traumatized Black Youth in South Africa

Academic Publications & Presentations