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Bita Ghafoori

Professor - Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling

Director of Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center

Coordinator of MFT Program



Dr. Bita Ghafoori is a Professor of Counseling, Director of the Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center, and a licensed clinical psychologist.  After completing her doctoral degree and research and clinical post-doctoral training, Dr. Ghafoori completed a post doctoral fellowship, Research Education in Disaster Mental Health (REDMH) sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health/Dartmouth University. 

Dr. Ghafoori's research focuses on mental health equity and mental health services in trauma-exposed groups.  She received a grant from the State of California Victim Compensation and Government Claim Board (Cal VCGCP) to establish the Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center (LBTRC).  The primary goal of the Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center project is to create a comprehensive model of trauma and mental health care for victims of crime and their families while removing barriers to care for underserved victims of crime.  Under Dr. Ghafoori's leadership, the LBTRC has become a center for community-partnered research, effectiveness research, and implementation and dissemination science.

Dr. Ghafoori was selected by the Fulbright Committee and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) to serve as a candidate on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for a period of 5 years beginning in July, 2013. She completed her first Fulbright Specialist grant at the University of Crete (Greece) Department of Health Psychology in 2014. She completed her second Fulbright Specialist grant at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) in October, 2017.

Dr. Ghafoori serves as a peer reviewer for the Psychological Trauma: Research, Theory, Practice, and Policy, the Journal of Traumatic Stress, and the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research Journal as well as several other journals.  She is also actively involved with the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology (Division 56) and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).

She has extensive experience as a mental health clinician and clinical supervisor. She teaches courses in treatment planning (COUN 608), ethics and law (COUN 510), child abuse and domestic violence (COUN 512), psychotherapy techniques (COUN 522), practica in Marriage and Family Therapy (COUN 609), fieldwork in Marriage and Family Therapy (COUN 643d and COUN 644d), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (COUN 692). She provides clinical supervision to students learning adult psychotherapy skills in the CSULB Community Clinic for Counseling and Education.


BS Biological Sciences , University of California, Irvine , 1991
MA Counseling Psychology, MFT emphasis , Pepperdine University , 1999
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology , Alliant University, 2000
Post Doctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health/Dartmouth University

Professional Licenses and Credentials

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (State of California)

Research Interests

Mental Health Equity: Mental health services research; racial, ethnic and gender disparities assessment; access to quality and timely mental health care for culturally diverse victims of crime and violence

Intervention & Prevention: Development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based mental health programs in racially and ethnically diverse community settings; community-based interventions for diverse victims of crime and violence;  development, implementation, and evaluation of outreach and education prevention programs

Traumatic Stress: Psychological reactions to trauma; disaster mental health with specific emphasis on reactions to trauma, epidemiology and impact of traumatic stress; attachment bonds and traumatic stress; cross-cultural differences in resiliency and pathology after trauma

Representative Publications


Ghafoori, B., Caspi, Y., & Smith, S. (2016). International Perspectives on Traumatic Stress: Theory, Access, and Mental Health

              Services. Nova Science Publishers

Peer Reviewed Articles

(*denotes students under my supervision)

J.21.Ghafoori, B., Hanson, M.C., Garibay, E*., Korosteleva, O. (2017). Feasibility of training

frontline therapists in Prolonged Exposure: A randomized controlled pilot study of treatment of complex trauma in diverse victims of crime and violence.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 205 (4), 283-303


J20.Ghafoori, B., Taylor, R.* (2017).  Age related differences in trauma experiences, mental

health needs and mental health service use in victims of human trafficking: a pilot investigation of transition aged youth compared to older adults.  Journal of Human Trafficking.


J19.Hanson, M.C., Ghafoori, B. (2017). Correlates of Psychological Distress among Urban

Trauma-Exposed Adults:  Influence of age and coping preferences.  Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.


J18.Ghafoori, B., Fisher, D., Korosteleva, O., & Hong, M.* (2016).  A randomized, controlled,

pilot study of a single session psychoeducation treatment for urban, culturally diverse, trauma-exposed adults.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204 (6), 421-430.


J17.Ghafoori, B., Fisher, D., Korosteleva, O., & Hong, M.* (2014).  Factors associated with

mental health service use in urban, impoverished, trauma-exposed adults.  Psychological Services, 11(4), 451-459.


J16.Smith, S.F., Ghafoori, B., Caspi, Y., Felix, E., & Contractor, A. (2014).  Importance of

Considering Culture- Final Installment: Intervention and Treatment. Traumatic Stresspoints, 28(5).  


J15.Ghafoori, B., Caspi, Y., Contractor, A., & Smith, S.F. (2014).  Culture and traumatic

            symptoms.  Traumatic Stresspoints, 28(2).  


J14.Ghafoori, B., Barragan, B.*, & Palinkas, L. (2014).  Mental health service use after trauma

exposure: A mixed-methods study.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 202(3), 239-246.


J13.Ghafoori, B., Barragan, B.*, & Palinkas, L. (2013).  Gender disparities in the mental health of

urban survivors of trauma and violence.   Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 22, 950-963.


J12.Caspi, Y., Ghafoori, B., Smith, S.F., Contractor, A. (2013).  On the importance of culture

            when defining trauma.  Traumatic Stresspoints, 27(5).  


J11.Contractor, A, Smith, S.F., Johnson, L., Ghafoori, B., Caspi, Y., & Triffleman, E. (2013). 

Importance of attending to cultural considerations in trauma scholarship.  Traumatic Stresspoints, 27(2), 10-11.


J10.Ghafoori, B. (2012).  Mental health care for urban, low-income, diverse communities. 

            Traumatic Stresspoints, 26(4).


J9.Ghafoori, B., Barragan, B.*, Tohidian, N.*, & Palinkas, L. (2012). Racial and ethnic differences

in mental health outcomes among urban survivors of trauma and violence.  Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 106-110.


J8.Ghafoori, B. & Davaie, S.* (2012).  Training student therapists in prolonged exposure

therapy: A case study demonstrating teaching, supervising, and learning a trauma focused treatment.  Traumatology, 18(4), 72-78.


J7.Ghafoori, B., Ratanasiripong, P., & Holladay, C.* (2010). Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy

for Mood Management in Individuals with Intellectual Disability: A Pilot Study. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 3, 1-15.


J6.Ghafoori, B., & Hierholzer, R.W. (2010).  Personality patterns among Black, White, and

Hispanic combat veterans.  Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2(1), 12-18.

J5.Ghafoori, B., Neria, Y., Gameroff, M.J, Olfson, M., Lantigua, R., Shea, S., Weissman, M.M. 

            (2009).  Screening for Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms in the wake of terrorist

            attacks:  A study in primary care.  Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22(3), 218-226.


J4.Ratanasirpong, P., & Ghafoori, B. (2009).  Setting up the on-site Marriage and Family Therapy

            clinical training course. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 36(4), 347-351.


J3.Ghafoori, B., Hierholzer, R.W., Howsepian, B., Boardman, A.* (2008).  The role of adult

            attachment, parental bonding, and spiritual love in the adjustment to military trauma. 

            Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 9(1), 85-106.


J2.Khouzam, H.R., Ghafoori, B, & Nichols, E.E. (2005) The use of religious hymn in the remission

            of symptoms of social phobia.  Psychological Reports, 96, 411-421.


J1.Ghafoori, B., & Tracz, S.  (2004). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a clinical intervention for

            childhood disruptive behaviors: a meta-analysis, Psychiatry On-line.


Chapters in Books and Monographs and Encyclopedia Entries

Ghafoori, B. (2016) Mental Health Care for Culturally Diverse Victims of Trauma and Violence: A

Focus on a Community Based Model.  In Ghafoori, Caspi, & Smith (Eds.), International Perspectives on Traumatic Stress: Theory, Access, and Mental Health Services. (pp. ).  New Jersey: Nova Science


Caspi, Y., Ghafoori, B., Smith, S. (2016) Trauma and Culture: Concluding Notes.  In Ghafoori,

Caspi, & Smith (Eds.), International Perspectives on Traumatic Stress: Theory, Access, and Mental Health Services. (pp. ).  New Jersey: Nova Science


Ghafoori, B.  (2012). Ethnicity, Culture, and Disaster Response.  In C.R. Figley (Ed.), Encyclopedia

            of Trauma.  Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.


Ghafoori, B. & Hierholzer, R.W. (2007) The Role of Altruism, Love, and Attachment in the

Development and Maintenance of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  In S.G. Post (Ed), The Science of Altruism and Health: Is it Good to do Good?  (pp. 230-245).  New York: Oxford University Press.


Khouzam, H.R., Ghafoori, B., & Hierholzer, R.W.  (2005) Progress in Identification, Treatment,

            and Diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  In T.A. Corales (Ed.), Trends in

            Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Research (pp. 1-25).  New Jersey: Nova Science.

Current Projects

2009-2012          National Institute of Health (NIH), Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI)

Bita Ghafoori, PI of subproject (PI: Alexander)

Title of Project:  Mental health reactions to trauma, treatment seeking, and barriers to care      in an ethnically  and economically diverse community based sample subproject total: $90,000.00; grant total: $4,786,395.00  

2011-2012          California State University Long Beach Multidisciplinary Research Award

Bita Ghafoori, PI; Dennis Fisher, Co-PI, Olga Korosteleva, Co-PI/Statistician

Title of Project:  Treatment Barriers for Low-Income, Urban, and Culturally Diverse Trauma Survivors:  Does a Single Session of Psychotherapy Improve Symptoms and Increase Treatment Seeking?  $15,000.00

2012-2013           California State University Long Beach College of Education Mini Grant Award

Bita Ghafoori, PI           

Title of Project: Efficacy of a one session psychoeducation intervention in increasing treatment seeking in trauma exposed adults, $4,000.00

2014-2015           California Endowment Grant

Bita Ghafoori, PI of subaward (award to St. Mary Medical Center Foundation), $85,000.00

2015-2018           CalGrip

Bita Ghafoori, PI of subaward (award to The City of Long Beach), $50,000.00

2014-2018           State of California Victim Compensation and Government Claim Board (VCGCB)

Bita Ghafoori, PI           

Title of Project: Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center, $ 2,870,507.36

2016-2017           Dignity Health Grant

Bita Ghafoori, PI           

Title of Project: Enhancing Special Victim Services for Crime Survivors, $ 60,000.00