Professor - Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
Director of Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center
Director/Coordinator of Counseling Psychology/MFT Program
Dr. Bita Ghafoori is a Professor of Counseling Psychology, 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.
Professional Licenses and Credentials
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
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)
Ghafoori, B. (2018). Prolonged exposure therapy for experiential avoidance: A case-series study. Clinical Case Studies.
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
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.
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000173
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.
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.
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).
Ghafoori, B., Caspi, Y., Contractor, A., & Smith, S.F. (2014). Culture and traumatic symptoms. Traumatic Stresspoints, 28(2).
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.
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.
Caspi, Y., Ghafoori, B., Smith, S.F., Contractor, A. (2013). On the importance of culture when defining trauma. Traumatic Stresspoints, 27(5).
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.
Ghafoori, B. (2012). Mental health care for urban, low-income, diverse communities. Traumatic Stresspoints, 26(4).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ratanasiripong, P. & Ghafoori, B. (2009). Setting up the on-site Marriage and Family Therapy clinical training course. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 36(4), 347-351.
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.
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.
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. (2017) Mental Health Services for Individuals Who Have Experienced SexTrafficking. In Rodrigues, A.M., & Guia, M.J. (Eds.), Conferencia Internacional 18 De Outubro Dia Europeu Contra O Trafico De Humanos. (pp. 81-92). Instituto Juridico, Universidade de Coimbra.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.
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
2016-2017 Dignity Health Grant
Bita Ghafoori, PI
Title of Project: Enhancing Special Victim Services for Crime Survivors, $ 60,000.00
2015-2019 California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
Bita Ghafoori, PI of subaward (award to The City of Long Beach), $125,,000.00
2014-2020 State of California Victim Compensation and Government Claim Board (VCGCB)
Bita Ghafoori, PI
Title of Project: Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center, $ 4,950,307.36