Clinical Program Faculty

Allison Briscoe-Smith, PhD
Half-Time Institute Faculty
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

BA Psychology, Harvard University, 1998
MA Clinical Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
PhD Clinical Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 2004

Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California (San Francisco), San Francisco General Hospital where she specialized in child-parent psychotherapy and working with traumatized populations. Throughout her training, her studies focused on child psychopathology and diversity issues. After her postdoctoral work, Dr. Briscoe-Smith was the program director of a mental health program that serves children as they entered the Alameda County foster care system. She was a professor of child psychology at Palo Alto University for four years, and served as the director of Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Center for the Vulnerable Child for three years. In addition to being an associate professor at the Wright Institute, Dr. Briscoe-Smith serves as a consultant to non-profit organizations seeking to become trauma-informed and culturally accountable.

Dr. Briscoe-Smith’s research has focused on trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and how children understand race. She has worked broadly on these topics and has served many families and schools on matters salient to these issues.