Biography

Dawn M. Hughes, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical and forensic psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of interpersonal violence and traumatic stress.  Dr. Hughes maintains an independent practice in clinical and forensic psychology in New York City and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical Center - New York Presbyterian Hospital where she participates in the psychology faculty and conducts trainings for interns.  Dr. Hughes is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. 

Dr. Hughes has over 20 years experience within the field of traumatic stress and interpersonal violence, including intimate partner violence, rape, sexual assault, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and other non-interpersonal traumatic experiences.  Dr. Hughes has treated or evaluated hundreds of individuals who have experienced psychological trauma or victimization in their lives.  She holds distinctions and membership in numerous professional organizations, such as the Trauma Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association and is the immediate past President of the NYC-based Women’s Mental Health Consortium, an interdisciplinary group focused on the treatment of women’s mental health across the lifespan.  Dr. Hughes has conducted trainings for the Courts, Judges and attorneys; has taught members of the National Guard on how to live violence-free in relationships; and has conducted trainings to mental health professionals, in both clinical and forensic settings, to work within the area of intimate partner violence, rape and sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder, and complex PTSD. 

Her forensic work comprises comprehensive psychological evaluations, attorney consultations, and expert witness testimony in the area of forensic psychology, interpersonal violence, and traumatic stress.  She has been admitted as an expert witness in the States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania and in the United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of New York.  She has served as an expert witness in numerous criminal cases involving battered women who have killed their abusive partners and childhood abuse survivors who have acted against their perpetrators.  She has consulted on hundreds of criminal and civil cases of involving the multiple and varied psychological and traumatic effects of intimate partner violence, rape and sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, clergy abuse, Boy Scout abuse, sexual harassment, and other non-interpersonal traumatic experiences.

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