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Desia Grace Pereira, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Assistant Professor of Medical Education


Dr. Desia Grace is a clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Her clinical expertise extends to brief and longer-term empirically validated forms of individual, couple and group therapy with a multicultural student client base who present with a wide spectrum of psychological difficulties, including depression and anxiety difficulties; childhood and adult trauma-related difficulties; relationship difficulties; eating disorders; adjustment and academic-related difficulties; substance use and chronic pain or illness.


She has worked in several university and hospital clinics, the downtown Los Angeles VA, and most recently at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.


She has extensive experience developing and conducting outreach programs, coordinating NIMH funded psychological research and performing crisis assessment. She joins UMHS as the full time Clinical Psychologist and as an Assistant Professor of Medical Education.



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