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Bryana White

Bryana White, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island
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Areas of Expertise: 
Multicultural Psychology

“I am particularly interested in individuals' identity and the role of intersecting aspects of identity in overall functioning. I view diversity as a broad and inclusive term which is relevant to all aspects of aspects of the human experience. My clinical and research work takes place with in an integrative framework meaning that I employ empirically supported methods to address presenting problems and combine practices from multiple theoretical orientations using ‘whatever works’ for a particular individual. I am particularly invested in working with college students as they are in a developmentally unique position to explore and determine who they are and how they would like to function in and contribute to the world around them.”

Dr. White studied clinical psychology at the University of Rhode Island where she earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees. During her graduate studies, the focus of her research and clinical work was multicultural psychology. She has had experience working in a variety of clinical settings serving a broad spectrum of clients. Her clinical experience includes work at the Rhode Island Training School (an adolescent detention center), Whiting Forensic Division (a forensic psychiatric facility in the Connecticut Department of Mental Health), River Valley Services (a Connecticut state mental health care facility), the Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program, and the University of Rhode Island and Connecticut College on campus counseling centers. Her research milestones (master’s thesis and dissertation), teaching experiences, and continued area of interest and focus include issues of racial and ethnic identity, awareness of White privilege, the interpersonal implications of identity, multicultural training in clinical and counseling doctoral programs, and the development of multicultural competence.

Presently, Dr. White works as the Coordinator of Multicultural Counseling at Connecticut College’s Student Counseling Services. There she engages in both individual and group psychotherapy with students, develops and implements psycho-educational and cultural competence trainings and outreach programs for students, faculty, and staff in the campus community, and serves as a multicultural consultant and trainer for her colleagues in Student Counseling Services and the doctoral student intern and practicum students. The courses Dr. White instructs for Roger Williams University focus on multicultural psychology, the role of diversity and cultural knowledge across settings, and the development of self-awareness and knowledge that facilitates personal and professional development.