Savannah Grier, MA, PSYCHOLOGY EXTERN
Savannah Grier, MA, earned her degree at Teachers College, Columbia University with a concentration in research methods. Currently, she is a first-year doctoral student at Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus in the clinical psychology department and holds the position of Psychology Extern at BHBA.
After receiving her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College, Savannah spent five years as the lead clinical research coordinator for Deborah A. Perlick, PhD, an expert in family intervention research based at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Together, they worked on the development of MFG-Military Couples—an adaptation of Multifamily Group Therapy for post-911 Veterans with combat-related trauma and their significant others. This intervention combines practices from evidence-based treatments including emotion regulation skills training from Dialectical Behavior Therapy and communication skills training from Behavioral Family Therapy. Her duties included running the skills training groups and facilitating individual sessions with the couples to identify barriers to communication and group participation, as well as shared goals for improving relationship quality.
In addition, Savannah acted as the interim project director for a study examining the efficacy of a brief intervention involving family members in safety planning for Veterans at moderate risk of suicide. Notably, she conducted preliminary qualitative interviews with Veterans and family members to collect data on the aspects of family involvement that are beneficial and those that are problematic, which helped inform treatment development.
In her spare time, Savannah enjoys looking for new books and essays to read. One of her favorite authors is Haruki Murakami, whose works are often anchored in magical realism and a suspension of disbelief. Reading his work has become a great source of imaginative exploration that has helped Savannah remain open-minded and curious as she continues to develop her therapeutic style.