REBECCA GRANDA, MSED, PHD
Rebecca Granda is a Licensed Counseling Psychologist in both New York and Florida. She completed her doctoral degree at Louisiana Tech University, an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited doctoral program, and has a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at an APA-accredited site, the New Jersey Veteran Affairs Health Care System (NJVAHCS) in Lyons, East Orange, and Bloomfield, New Jersey. At the time, she completed rotations in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acute Psychiatry, Traumatic Brain Injury, and the Bloomfield Vet Center, where she provided outpatient therapy to combat veterans with complex trauma. She then completed a post-doctoral residency in Melbourne, Florida, at Circles of Care, a psychiatric crisis stabilization hospital, where she provided DBT groups, diagnostic clarification, and supervised doctoral students at the Florida Institute of Technology. Her DBT training includes a year-long rotation within the Center for Health and Wellness at the NJVAHCS under the supervision of Dr. Ilysa Michelson, and she recently completed intensive training in October 2018 in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE). Rebecca has an interest working with adolescents and with individuals with a history of traumatic experiences.
Rebecca has been a clinician for 9 years and has worked with children for 12 years. She began her career as an employee for Miami-Dade Public Schools, where she conducted developmental evaluations at the Linda Ray Intervention Center within the University of Miami, and in addition to this, she provided preschool readiness assessments. She has also been a Crisis Interventionist at the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, a psychiatric residential treatment facility where she provided individual DBT-informed therapy and crisis intervention. She counseled college students at the Louisiana Tech Counseling and Career Center, in addition to teaching undergraduate psychology courses in Educational and Abnormal Psychology. She currently is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she teaches master’s level counseling to students. She has also provided therapy within community clinics, a forensic private practice, and for individuals in drug court where she provided weekly court consultation. She most recently was employed as a Staff Psychologist for older adults in nursing homes and assisted living facilities around Brooklyn. Overall, she has provided psychotherapy for individuals of all ages.
Further, she has been trained to use evidence-based treatments for PTSD and trauma. She was trained at the Overton Brooks Veteran Affairs Medical Center (OBVAMC) in Shreveport, Louisiana, by Dr. Jeffrey Kinderdietz, in the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team to provide evidence-based treatments for PTSD using Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She is certified in Telemental Health to offer therapy using video technology. She has led therapy groups focused on sexual trauma, grief and loss, body image concerns, women's issues, relationship difficulties, distress tolerance, and graduates of DBT. Her dissertation included a longitudinal design measuring PTSD within college students, to better understand coping mechanisms and the role of social support. She has authored multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals related to trauma, most recently in the Journal of Loss and Trauma. She has presented research findings at over a dozen conferences, including the Society for Personality Assessment and APA. She presented at two VA Grand Round meetings, one of which included a program evaluation she completed on the efficacy of DBT groups. Rebecca is enthusiastic to be a part of BHBA's team of clinicians that provide DBT therapy to families, adults, and adolescents, and she currently conducts the family intakes for BHBA.