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Rachel Harris, MA

Psychology Extern

Rachel Harris, M.A., is a psychology extern at CBC, where she conducts individual, family, and group psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults. She is a fourth-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at William Paterson University. Rachel earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from The State University of New York at Albany and her Master's Degree in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Rachel is intensively trained in both Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and treats patients with a range of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, suicidality, self-harm, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and emotional dysregulation.

Prior to her clinical externship at CBC, Rachel was a psychology extern at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, where she worked with inpatients and outpatients, conducting initial psychological evaluations, as well as providing individual and group psychotherapy to adults. During the year prior, Rachel's clinical externship was at the VA New Jersey Health Care System, where she worked with Veterans with chronic medical conditions and complex trauma. Additionally, while completing her Master’s Degree, she was an extern at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic Treatment Center where she provided Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and assessments to children and adolescents who had experienced trauma. Rachel has also worked as a clinical research coordinator at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center on several suicide prevention clinical research trials.

Rachel's research at WPU focuses on the quality of suicide safety plans related to suicidal behavior outcomes. Rachel is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), NY Psychological Association (NYSPA), and NJ Psychological Association (NJPA).