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Shelly Prillerman Harrell, Ph.D.

Online Psychology Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Dr. Harrell is a licensed psychologist with areas of specialization in multicultural and community psychology. Her research interests include cultural dimensions of wellness and positive well-being, racism-related stress, resilience-oriented stress management interventions, culturally-diverse contemplative practices, humanistic-existential and integrative approaches to psychotherapy, and African American mental health. Her current research focuses on the development of stress management and strengths-based interventions with diverse populations in community and clinical settings. Dr. Harrell has published in the areas of racism and mental health, race and clinical supervision, cultural issues in positive psychology, interventions with African Americans, psychospiritual principles for working with African American women, and therapeutic journaling. She is a frequent presenter and invited speaker at national conferences, and serves as a consultant to educational and community organizations on cultural diversity.

Dr. Harrell currently serves as a research coordinator for the Psy.D. program where she chairs dissertations, does clinical supervision, and teaches in the areas of psychotherapy skills, cultural diversity, and data analysis. Dr. Harrell maintains a small psychotherapy and consultation practice with a focus on couples and clients from diverse racial/ethnic groups.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors