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Debra Bekerian

Alliant Faculty Member

Dr. Bekerian received her PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Upon graduating she worked for the Medical Research Council's Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge, UK, where she was a senior research scientist on applied memory and trauma projects. She then worked for the University of East London, as a Reader in the School of Psychology. While in the UK she received training as a gestalt practitioner, and is currently licensed under the UK Health and Care Professions Council.

Professional Interests
  • Adult and child event memory (qualitative/quantitative paradigms)
  • Child development, including impact of abuse on development and attachment
  • Cognitive models of trauma
  • Applied psychology.
Education and Certifications
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1978
  • Cognitive and Affective Basis of Behavior
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Research Practicum
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • Bekerian, D.A. (2006). "Libraries: Linking the Past to the Future." Big C . Beijing, China
  • Stokes, D., Dritschel, B. & Bekerian, D.A. (2005). "The effect of burn injury on adolescents autobiographical memory." Behaviour Research and Therapy
  • Bekerian, D. A. & Levey, A. B. (2005). Applied Psychology: Integrating theory and practice. Oxford, Eng: Oxford University Press