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NEWTON – Rachel DiBella of Framingham was named a 2020-2021 Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health (CMGMH) scholar at William James College, a graduate school of psychology located in Newton, Massachusetts.

DiBella is the recipient of a Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved Scholarship in recognition of their commitment to serving the mental and behavioral health needs of underrepresented populations.

“This is a highly-competitive and prestigious award,” said Dr. Gemima St. Louis, William James College associate vice president for workforce initiatives & specialty training. “It highlights William James College’s commitment to diversifying the behavioral health workforce and preparing students to serve as agents of social justice and social change. The awardees are appointed as CMGMH Fellows and engage in volunteer and community service activities, participate in social-cultural and professional development programs, and receive peer and professional mentoring throughout their enrollment in the program.”

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DiBella is a Clinical Psychology PsyD student at William James College.

DiBella is a psychotherapist, gender equity educator and national speaker who has spent the past 12 years serving in gender justice organizations spanning nonprofit, legal, healthcare and higher education systems. Throughout her scholarship and practice, DiBella’s work has focused on trauma recovery, LGBTQ+ issues, women’s health, and gender equity in organizations.

In addition to operating a part-time private counseling and consulting practive, DiBella currently serves as Assistant Director of Title IX Education Programs at Harvard University and part-time on the faculty of the Boston College School of Social Work.

She is a graduate of Framingham State University and Boston College.

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Founded in 1974,William James College is an independent, not-for-profit institution and a leader in educating the next generation of mental health professionals to support the growing and diverse needs of the mental health workforce. Integrating field work with academics, the College prepares students for careers as organizational leaders and behavioral health professionals who are committed to helping the underserved, multicultural populations, children and families, and veterans. William James College alumni can be found making an impact in a variety of settings, including schools, the courts, clinical care facilities, hospitals, the community and the workplace.


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