Uma P. Dorn, PhD

(she/her)

Co-Founder

Dr. Uma Parameswaran Dorn is a counseling psychologist and has been working in the mental health field for over 15 years. As a 1.5-generation immigrant who moved to the U.S. from India, Dr. Dorn has experienced the cultural complexities of being South Asian American in various localities. These early experiences of race, culture and the intersection of gender has informed her work with clients and systems. Dr. Dorn has worked across multiple contexts including inpatient residential centers and hospitals and outpatient settings. Dr. Dorn has rooted her clinical work by continuing to teach and conduct research within academic settings. She embodies the belief that each person has in them the power to heal and grow, but often individuals are in environments or part of systems that prevent them from being their authentic selves. She works to understand the complexities of power within larger systems and its influences on intersecting identities. Dr. Dorn has centered much of her work in dismantling systems of oppression through creating space to engage in much needed conversations about racism and other inequities while also considering the individual and collective traumas that have been experienced especially within communities of color and queer and trans communities.

 

Dr. Dorn as a licensed sports psychologist, works with athletes providing individual, group and team-based services. She also is an adjunct professor at New York University. Prior to this, she was clinical faculty in the Educational Psychology department for close to 5 years. She received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Emory School of Medicine. She has presented at local, national, and international conferences. She also has a private practice providing individual therapy, mental performance consulting, assessment, education/training and consulting. 

 

 Dr. Dorn’s research interests include:

 

  • Creating healing systems from an equity lens

  • Reducing health disparities in pregnant and post-partum women of color

  • Pedagogical practices related to multicultural counseling education