Maxine Harris

Maxine Harris, PhD
CEO for Clinical Affairs and Co-Founder 
Community Connections 
801 Pennsylvania Ave. SE Suite 201 Washington , DC 20003 
Phone: (202) 608-4794 
Fax: (202) 608-4286 



Research Interests

Trauma Recovery of adult women with serious mental health, PTSD, and substance abuse concerns; male trauma survivors with mental health and substance abuse concerns; adult women with HIV and mental health concerns; Intentional Recovery Communities; Peer-to-Peer Recovery Support Services; Trans-generational Violence

Research summary

Principal Investigator in Randomized Controlled Study of TREM & PTSD funded by NIMH; Senior Project Consultant for Sisters Empowering Sisters: A Peer Recovery Community for Women (SAMHSA funded).

Senior Project Consultant for Creating Communities, an integrated services project for chronically homeless individuals with severe mental illness (SAMHSA funded).

Senior Project Consultant for the West Institute Co-Occurring Disorders Study, a multi-level project testing psychosocial and pharmaceutical interventions for substance abuse among people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (funded by the West Family Foundation).

Senior Clinical Consultant for the Isis Program, a services program for African American women with mental health concerns and HIV (SAMHSA funded).

Co-Principal Investigator in former DC Trauma Collaboration Study funded under the Women, Co-Occurring Disorders and Violence Study (SAMHSA funded)

Representative Publications:


  • The Twenty-Four Carat Buddha and Other Fables: Stories of Self-Discovery. Sidran Press, March 2004.
  • Using Trauma Theory to Design Service Systems: (ed. with Roger Fallot), New Directions for Mental Health Services, Jossey Bass: San Francisco Spring 2001
  • Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Women’s Workbook (with Mary Ellen Copeland} New Harbinger Press, 2000
  • Trauma Recovery and Empowerment: A Clinician’s Guide to Working With Women in Groups, Free Press, 1998
  • Sexual Abuse in the Lives of Women Diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness (ed with Christine Landis) Harwood Academic Publishers, 1997


  • Fallot, R.D., McHugo, G.J., Harris, M., & Xie, H. (2011). The Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM): A quasi-experimental effectiveness study. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 7(1), 74-89.
  • Ford, J.D., Fallot, R.D., & Harris, M. (2009). Group therapy approaches to complex traumatic stress disorders. In Courtois, C. & Ford, J.D. (Eds.). Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide. (pp. 415-440). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Fallot, R.D. & Harris, M. (2008). Trauma-informed services. Reyes, G., Elhai, J.D., & Ford, J.D. (Eds.). The Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma. (pp. 660-662). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.
  • Fallot, R.D. & Harris, M. (2008). Trauma-informed approaches to systems of care. Trauma Psychology Newsletter, Division 56 of the American Psychological Association, 3(1), 6-7.
  • Whitley, R., Harris, M., Fallot, R., & Berley, R.W. (2007). The active ingredients of intentional recovery communities: Focus group evaluation. Journal of Mental Health, 17(2), 173-182.
  • Harris, M., Fallot, R.D., and Berley, R.W. (2005). Qualitative interviews with female abuse survivors on substance abuse relapse and relapse prevention. Psychiatric Services, 56(10), 1292-1296.
  • Fallot, R.D. and Harris, M. (2004). Integrated trauma services teams for women survivors with alcohol and other drug problems and co-occurring mental disorders. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 22(3/4), 181-199. Co-published in Veysey, B. and Clark, C. (Eds.). Responding to Physical and Sexual Abuse in Women with Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Disorders. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
  • The Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model: Conceptual and Practical Issues in a Group Intervention for Women, Fallot and Harris, Community Mental Health Journal, December, 2002
  • The Relationship Between Dimensions of Violent Victimization and Symptom Severity Among Episodically Homeless, Mentally Ill Women (with Goodman and Dutton), Journal of Traumatic Stress Vol. 10, No 11997
  • Treating Sexual Abuse Trauma With Dually Diagnosed Women, Community Mental Health Journal Vol.32, No. 4,1996.