ABOUT

Fabiana Wallis was born in the U.S. to a bicultural family and grew up in Rosario, Argentina. She obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at
University of Massachusetts Boston. During graduate school, she conducted research and provided clinical services to minority women in recovery from substance abuse. This lead to an interest in psychological trauma, and she is the co-author of Saber es Poder (SEP), a cultural adaptation for Latina women of the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) trauma group curriculum. She is a TREM/SEP facilitator and trainer, and has conducted many TREM groups for African American, White and Latina women.

She completed her clinical training at Harvard Medical School and was the Director of the Latino Mental Health Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She also pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at MIT and specialized in acculturation and the psychology of immigration.
In Portland since 2004, she was assistant professor at the Center for Health Disparities Research at OHSU and taught graduate courses in the Public Health and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner programs. She was also the Director and Clinical Supervisor of a community-based Latino Mental Health Program.

Dr. Wallis is the Co-Founder of the Center for Trauma Recovery and its model, which offers culturally informed mind-body outpatient trauma services. In the role of co-director of Conexiones and the Center for Trauma Recovery, she lead the design of the center’s new offices based on research on the healing aspects of space and implemented a student training program for masters and doctoral students. She was co-director for 3 years before transitioning to a consultant role with the center where she still provides clinical supervision and training.

She has recently expanded her private practice of 12 years to include consultation to organizations in the areas of trauma recovery and prevention, cultural competence, clinical space design for healing, and integration of body-centered trauma interventions.

She currently teaches a trauma and diversity course at Portland State University’s Trauma Certificate Program. She has served on the
Oregon Psychological Association Board of Directors, is the past Chair of OPA Diversity Committee, and was the Co-Chair of the Oregon Health Authority’s Cultural Competence Continuing Education Committee. That committee has completed its goals and is closed now. She is also affiliated faculty at OHSU and Pacific University School of Professional Psychology. In 2013, Fabiana Wallis Consulting has been certified by the state of Oregon as a Minority, Woman-owned, Small Emerging Business (OMWSEB).