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Shelly Prillerman Harrell, PhD
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles; MA, University of California, Los Angeles; BA, Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors
Dr. Harrell is a licensed clinical psychologist with areas of specialization in multicultural and community psychology, racism and mental health, couples and relationship issues, multicultural competence, and African American mental health. Harrell's current research focuses on the the development of strengths-based community and clinical interventions with diverse populations.
Harrell is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Community Psychology, and has served as editor of the Community Psychologist as well as an editorial consultant for the Journal of Black Psychology. She has been a diversity consultant and trainer for nearly twenty years and served as a senior consultant at the Museum of Tolerance. Harrell has received awards from the Society for Community Research and Action, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association.
At Pepperdine, Harrell has taught Cross-Cultural Counseling, Clinical Skills Intensive, as well as Group Therapy and Interpersonal Skills. She currently serves as Director of Clinical Training for Psy.D. program where she is also active chairing dissertations. She teaches the year-long research and dissertation course sequences as well as Theories and Techniques of Cultural-Ecological and Community-Clinical Interventions. In addition, Harrell maintains a small psychotherapy practice where she specializes in work with couples.