Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Undergraduate CSPP

San Diego Campus

Program Dir., Psych & Criminal Justice

Associate Professor

10455 Pomerado Rd
San Diego CA 92131


Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Trauma informed systems of care; neurological development as a result of complex trauma; traumatology; developmental psychopathology with emphasis on attachment; presexualization

Bio and Links

Dr. Griffin has a background in public interest work that improves policy and empowers people, families, communities, and systems. She has extensive experience in law enforcement, child welfare, and educational systems and how these systems respond to children and families exposure to trauma and violence. Specifically, Dr. Griffin's professional interests and research lies in the inter-connection of early exposure to trauma and violence to mental health and substance abuse issues. Dr. Griffin has comprehensive forensic and policy experiences, motivation to improve systems, passion for social justice, and a commitment to community service. Her vision is to fill the holes in the systems that children often slip through.

Dr. Griffin's scholarship surrounds developmental psychopathology with particular emphasis on attachment, trauma in early childhood, presexualization, and neurology development as a result of trauma. Dawn attended University of California, Irvine and University of Birmingham, U.K. for her Bachelors in Cognitive Science, Pepperdine University for her Masters in Clinical Psychology, and Alliant International University for her Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology.

Dr. Griffin has worked for the Department of Justice in the CATIC program where she created training program on terrorism. She was a professor of psychology at Fresno City College. Dr. Griffin has also worked with the Fresno Police Department. There, she worked in the Homicide, Child Abuse Unit, and Domestic Violence Unit to develop a systemic program that advances systems change in the Police Department and within the current Juvenile Justice System.

Dr. Griffin is president of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, a coalition of more than 300 organizations and 1200 individual members that work to respond to and prevent relationship violence.