Portia Rawles



Portia Rawles


Humanistic and Clinical Psychology
Saybrook University
Address Map of 475 14th St Oakland CA 94612
475 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Dr. Portia Rawles is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Rawles received her bachelor's degree from Stanford University and doctorate from Regent University. In the past, Dr. Rawles served as an online Adjunct Professor for Yorkville University, which is located in Fredericton, NB Canada. Prior to this, Dr. Rawles served for 4 years as Assistant Professor at South University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's program and Psychology department. Dr. Rawles also previously served for five years as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program at Regent University. Dr. Rawles' instructional responsibilities have included: Multicultural Psychology, Research Method, the Psychology of Trauma and Crisis, Internship, Psychopathology and Addictions, just to name a few of the courses.

Dr. Rawles' clinical efforts include being the founder of Rawles Psychological Services, PLC and Covenant Place. Rawles & Associates, PLC is a mental health organization committed to providing quality, clinical, consulting, training and presentation services. The clinical focus of Rawles & Associates, PLC is meeting the needs of vulnerable populations experiencing trauma related mental health disorders. Dr. Rawles currently works with various municipal, county and private community mental health agencies in Virginia and North Carolina, providing trauma informed mental health services. Some previous clinical highlights include the establishment of Covenant Place. Covenant Place was a faith-based therapeutic group home for adolescent girls that have been sexually and/or physically abused. The group home was established in 2006 and continued operating until 2009.

Dr. Rawles' professional credentials and expertise include: Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Critical Incident Stress Debriefer, Forensic Evaluation of Sexually Abused Youth, EMDR - Level One and Level Two, Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations, Parenting Capacity Evaluations, Expert Witness in Traumatic Stress - Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, Expert Witness in Traumatic Stress among children & Adolescents - Virginia Circuit Courts, Certified Forensic Consultant and ASPPB Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ). Dr. Rawles was also the first Mental Health Officer for Virginia DMAT2 (Disaster Medical Assistance Team). DMATs are federal response teams consisting of a group of professional and para-professional medical personnel (supported by a cadre of logistical and administrative staff) designed to provide medical care during a disaster or other event. DMAT teams are a part of the National Disaster Medical System and operate under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Dr. Rawles' scholarly area of interest include: the use of human security as a framework for to quantify social justice and civil right challenges of vulnerable populations, in U.S., in order to improve community development and public policy efforts; and trauma informed interventions and trauma related mental health disorders among public safety personnel and vulnerable populations in the U.S. and abroad is a trauma informed perspective regarding the various societal and behavioral health challenges of vulnerable populations.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
B.A. Stanford University, Stanford, CA 1986
Psy.D. Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA 2001
License Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
License Psychologist, North Carolina
Curriculum Vitae