Dr. Harris spent over 20 years as a psychologist and faculty member at Harvard Medical School providing therapy to people from all ages and all walks of life. Her focus has been on learning and teaching others on how to provide therapeutic services that value the person, their cultural background and incorporates all their social determinants of health.
Over time, she began receiving private referrals for psychotherapy and requests from training and clinical directors to consult on multicultural & diversity mental health curricula, on improving mental health services for diverse populations in their hospitals and clinics and on how to support early career mental health professionals in reaching their goals.
In addition, she has been advising religious leaders on how to recognize typical mental health difficulties faced by their congregants (and themselves) and when to refer them for mental health care.
Dr. Harris founded CULTURA Psychotherapy & Consulting, LLC to centralize all of these services and to fully implement what she named the CULTURAscope Model of Health & Advancement. Like the Adinkra African symbol Dwennimmen, captured in the CULTURA logo, Dr. Harris aims to empower people & organizations across the world to be their most fulfilled and most effective through strength and humility.
Basically it was time to be BRAVE, have FAITH, bet on myself and TRUST what God had instilled in me to offer others.
- Dr. Treniece Lewis Harris
Dr. Harris earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Howard University, specializing in multicultural and child psychology. She completed post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School specializing in adolescent medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and lifespan attachment research at Judge Baker Children’s Center. Dr. Harris is an Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the Master's Program in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College. She is also a part-time Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School where she has used her expertise in lifespan and multicultural mental health to teach mental health professionals, clinical educators and interdisciplinary trainees on practical skills that promote culturally-relevant mental health care.
For over 15 years Dr. Harris was the Director of Child Psychology Outpatient Intern Training at the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). At CHA, she also spearheaded the cultural diversity curriculum development for the psychology, social work, psychiatry residency and child psychiatry training programs. In 2018 she received the prestigious Leston Havens Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Division of Psychology Teaching Award. Her work has been published in Academic Psychiatry, Adolescent Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry, the Journal of Adolescent Health and Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.