G. Rita Dudley-Grant

G. Rita Dudley-Grant, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP, is Clinical Services Director of Virgin Islands Behavioral Services, providing residential/ community based medical/ mental health services for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed youth in the USVI. Career emphasis: capacity expansion for community health, mental health, and substance abuse in the VI, with a focus on children and adolescents, training for graduate psychologists and allied professionals, adolescent and women's mental health, health promotion and protection in the Caribbean. Publications include books, articles and chapters on Clinical psychology and Capacity Expansion in the Caribbean, women's mental health, diversity and spirituality in mental health. She is a member of the Learning Collaborative for Trauma Informed Care systems in the VI and serves on the State Advisory Group, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention USVI. Dr. Dudley-Grant is a founding member and past president of the Association of Virgin Islands Psychologists. She is a founding member of the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations, currently serving on the Executive Committee. A fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) she has been active in all levels of APA or over two decades, presenting on multiculturalism, trauma informed care, women in treatment and psychology and Buddhism. She is the recipient of numerous awards inclusive of an honorary doctorate from her Alma Mater, Simmons College the Heiser Award for State Advocacy from APA in recognition locally and nationally for her advocacy in expanding mental health services to underserved populations.