Rita Dudley-Grant, Ph.D.


Rita Dudley-Grant, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist with and the Clinical Community Outreach Coordinator for Island Therapy Solutions. Her primary interests include working through trauma, alternative approaches to therapy, and working across the generational spectrum. Her publications include books, articles and chapters on clinical psychology and capacity expansion in the Caribbean, women’s mental health, diversity and spirituality in mental health. She is a member of the Behavioral Health Advisory Council in the VI and serves on the State Advisory Group, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention USVI. She was the second Director of the then Minority Training Program, now CMTP starting at MTP in 1977 as a supervisor and assuming the directorship from 1982-1987 when she returned to her home in the US Virgin Islands to serve as Assistant Commissioner of Health. Dr. Dudley-Grant is a founding member and past president of the Association of Virgin Islands Psychologists, a founding and Executive Council Member of the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from her Alma Mater Simmons College in 2005. Most recently she co-chaired the 5th Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology, a virtual conference, held in November 2021 in St. Croix, bringing an international audience to the territory with a focus on Resilience in times of Disaster building behavioral health and wellness. She has been a trainer for decades on multiculturalism, trauma informed care, and women in treatment. Her current training focuses on self-care for caregivers in a variety of circumstances and nonviolent communication.