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Dara McDowell, PhD, MS, MFT

Dara Herbert, MS

Dara McDowell is a graduate of Drexel University's Couple and Family Therapy PhD program. Her research interests consist of race-related stress, substance abuse, historical loss and intersectionality theory. In addition, Dara has clinical experience working with couples, families, individuals and youth with trauma issues. Dara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tuskegee University and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University.


Dissertation Title:
Understanding Relationships and Experiences of Race-Related Stress, Historical Loss, Social Support and Substance Misuse among Black Young Adults

Education History:

  • MS in Marriage and Family Therapy
    Capella University
  • BS in Psychology
    Tuskegee University

Research Interests:
Motherhood status, race-related stress, recidivism rates, substance abuse, medicated assisted treatment, attachment styles and intergenerational trauma.

Faculty Mentor:
Jessica Chou, PhD