Paola Michelle Contreras, PsyD
Program Director, MA in Counseling Psychology in Global Mental Health
Michelle Contreras, PsyD, is an adjunct faculty member in the MA Counseling Psychology Department at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Contreras earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Contreras also holds a Psychology Licentiate Degree from Universidad Rafael Landivar conferred in Guatemala. She has taught and trained mental health professionals extensively in the treatment of trauma-affected populations. Her teaching interests include the psychological effects of trauma, human trafficking and other immigration-related issues, participatory action research methods, cross-cultural clinical and academic collaborations, and diversity. Dr. Contreras’ research and scholarly interests also focuses on participatory action research, cross-cultural collaborations, and secondary trauma. Dr. Contreras has over ten years of professional clinical experience with children, adolescents, and adults, and she has provided individual, couples, and family therapy. Dr. Contreras has consulted to a wide range of organizations throughout the U.S. on the treatment of psychological trauma. She was selected as a member of the APA’s Presidential Task Force on the Trafficking of Women and Girls.