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Associate Professor to Discuss Childhood Abuse on "Dr. Phil"

Dr. Bryant-Davis

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, associate professor of psychology at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), will appear on Dr. Phil (KCBS 2 at 4 p.m. in the Los Angeles area) on October 20 and 21. She will be participating in a two-part series with a single family, addressing the topic of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the first episode, and adult survivors of childhood physical abuse in the second episode. Bryant-Davis previously appeared on Dr. Phil on September 3 to discuss the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and the possibility that Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was kidnapped at age 11 and recently found alive and living with her captor 18 years later, will suffer from it. The popular television program airs nationwide and in 73 foreign countries.

In addition, Bryant-Davis will be delivering the opening and welcome speech at RESPECT: Inclusion & Integrity of African-Americans in Health Care, an event hosted by nonprofit Black Women for Wellness, on October 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the California Science Center. This convention aims to bring together grassroots leadership, public health advocates, scholars, and the community to address the reproductive health disparity experienced by black women, and to explore strategies for achieving cultural competency in care, education, and services.

Bryant-Davis teaches "Individual and Family Development," "Trauma in Diverse Populations," and "Professional Practice and Mental Health Systems," among other classes. She is the author of Thriving in the Wake of Trauma: A Multicultural Guide, and director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab at GSEP. "I am primarily committed to uncovering and attending to the role of culture in the trauma recovery process," Bryant-Davis said. "Secondly, I seek to both teach and build on the empirical knowledge base that equips people to move from victims to survivors and from surviving to thriving."

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