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Dominique Malebranche

Assistant Professor, Counseling and Psychology, PhD

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Dominique A. Malebranche is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychology, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences. Her intersectional experiences as a first-generation Haitian-American offers her a critical lens to center her teaching, practice, and scholarship in liberatory and trauma-informed approaches. Dr. Malebranche’s work has a strong commitment to dismantling relational and structural violence through the study of race, class, gender and the psychology of culture and oppression. She trained at the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults with psychological traumatic stress and assessment of human trafficking, as well as at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, engaging in mind-body clinical research for PTSD. Her experiences have deepened her work to understand the impact of cultural and historical trauma and fosters her emerging scholarship in embodied healing justice. 

In addition to her university appointment, Dr. Malebranche provides multicultural/ cross-cultural and trauma-informed consultation services in clinical, organizational and community settings. She has extensive experience in program development and training, holding healing spaces and providing clinical, social justice- and contemplative-based services for individuals, communities and organizations in global and local settings. Self-identified activist-practitioner-scholar, she roots her endeavors in social change efforts to promote a paradigm shift toward critical reflection, transformative action and cultural healing through embodiment. She also values and encourages multiple ways of knowing through the practice and facilitation of mindfulness and yoga.



Malebranche, D. A., Hopper, E. K., & Corey, E. (in press). Sex and Labor Trafficking: Modern Approaches for Modern-Day Slavery In R. Geffner, V. Vieth, V. Faughan-Eden, A. Rosenbaum, L. K. Hamberger, & J. White (Eds.), Handbook for Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan. Springer Science/ Springer Nature.


Hopper, E. K., Azar, N., Bhattacharyya, S., Malebranche, D. A. & Brennan, K. (2018). STARS Experiential Group Intervention: A complex trauma treatment approach for survivors of human trafficking. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. DOI: 10.1080/23761407.2018.1455616  


Malebranche, D. A., & Wang, L.  (2017). Beyond the Classroom and Across Borders: Cross-Cultural Immersion and Training in Counseling Psychology. Division 17 International Section Newsletter Special Issue: Counseling Worldwide.


French, B. H., Tilghman, J., & Malebranche, D. A. (2014). Sexual coercion context and psychosocial correlates among diverse males. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0035915


Mowatt, R. A., French, B. H., & Malebranche, D. A. (2013). Black/female/body: A Black studies re-conceptualization and advancement of feminist-based leisure research. Journal of Leisure Research, 45, 645-661.


Wyatt, G., Williams, J., Gupta, A., & Malebranche, D. (2012). Are cultural values and beliefs included in U.S. based HIV interventions? A Review. Prevention Medicine, 55, 362-370. 


PhD, Counseling Psychology, Multicultural Psychology and Education (minor), University of Missouri Columbia

M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri Columbia

B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign