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Constance Dalenberg

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Dr. Constance Dalenberg is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology in the California School of Professional Psychology. She received her M.A. in clinical psychology and PhD in social psychology (with additional 4 year doctoral training in clinical psychology) at the University of Denver. Her research and clinical writings in the area of psychological trauma have won multiple awards, including the Morton Prince Award for Scientific Achievement (from the International Society of Trauma and Dissociation) and the award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Trauma Psychology from Division 56 of the American Psychological Association. She has been President of Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) and now serves as the Chair of the Science Committee. Dr. Dalenberg's research focuses on the consequences of psychological trauma, the measurement of trauma-related consequences and disorders, and the appropriate treatment of trauma-related symptoms. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California and an expert witness in the field of reaction to negative and traumatic circumstances (racial and sexual harassment and discrimination, sexual assault and abuse, wrongful termination).

Professional Interests
  • Countertransference
  • Memory for trauma child abuse
  • Trauma-related disorders, dissociation
  • Recovered or repressed memory
  • Ethics and standards in psychology
  • Empirical foundations of psychoanalytic concepts
  • Trauma related to racism and discrimination
  • Writer's block and the facilitation of writing
Education and Certifications
  • PhD in Psychology, University of Denver, 1983
  • BA in Psychology, Alma College



  • Award for outstanding clinical contributions (in recognition of Countertransference and the Treatment of Trauma, 2002, awarded by the International Society for the Study of Dissociation
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Advanced Multivariate Statistics
  • Child abuse: Assessment, dynamics and treatment
  • Trauma Studies: The Jews, the Germans and the Holocaust