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Meet one of our new consulting psychologists! Dr. Tatiana McDougall joined our team in November and will be providing training, counseling, and consulting services in English and French. We are very excited to welcome her to our team.
What is it about our work that caught your interest?
I was interested in joining the team as relief work and international development are close to my heart. My mother’s family is from Haiti and many of us (although born here in the US) have been involved in a school that my grandmother founded for the Restavek children. Restavek is a form of domestic servitude. I was excited to work with the Headington Institute because it helps me to remain connected to part of my larger mission and my family’s legacy while using the skills and tools that I love to share as a Clinical Psychologist.
What are your primary clinical interests and why? (Or, What are your primary research interests?—if you prefer to talk about that)
My background and training have primarily come through the VA system, where I have been working with military veterans and their families. My clinical and research interests lie in understanding how stress and trauma affect relationships, and helping people strengthen their relationships after a traumatic event to help build future resilience and find areas of post-traumatic growth. I have a strong interest and background in attachment theory, which guides how I conceptualize relational stress and resilience.
Tell us about one of your role models.
My grandmother is one of my biggest role models. My grandfather passed away in his early 50’s, leaving her a widow for most of her life. As a young girl, I asked her why she never remarried. She said something that I have never forgotten…she told me, “I never had need for anyone else because your grandfather gave me enough love while he was alive to sustain me for the rest of my life.” What struck me the most was that I knew it to be true. From the stories that my mom and uncles tell me they really did have quite a magical love. She inspired me to find that kind of love and to cherish it, which I try to do every day.
Describe your dream vacation.
I have a lot of places that I would like to go, but the trip that is probably closest to my heart is a trip with my mom. Saying that my mother and I are big tennis fans is an understatement and we love to watch matches together. My dream is to take her to see the final matches of all four of the Grand Slam tournaments, in the order they fall in the calendar year: the Australian Open in Melbourne, the French Open in Paris, the Championships Wimbledon just outside of London, and the US Open in New York. I’m hoping to surprise her with the idea and I can’t wait to see the look on her face when I do.
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