Lediya Dumessa

“I am passionate about making mental health resources accessible to a wide range of communities, and strive to provide culturally sensitive treatments.”


Lediya Dumessa, Ph.D

As a therapist, I integrate cognitive-behavioral and humanistic theories, which I find effective in building meaningful therapeutic relationships while simultaneously challenging and restructuring thoughts and modifying relevant behaviors. My personal and professional experiences living in different parts of the world have increased my sensitivity to the differences in how individuals from different cultural backgrounds experience mental health concerns and seek treatment. As such, I am passionate about making mental health resources accessible to a wide range of communities, and strive to provide culturally sensitive treatments. I am also interested in examining protective factors that promote resilience in individuals with trauma, and in disseminating research about adverse childhood experiences to promote awareness of their lifetime impact. I have treat a range of varied presenting concerns, such as depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, grief, trauma, acculturation issues, interpersonal difficulties, and substance use disorders. I also treat couples as well as help families in search of help in parenting young children with behavioral difficulties.

Training and Experience

Lediya Dumessa, Ph.D., obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University and completed her internship training at Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. Prior to that, she worked in various settings including specialty outpatient clinics, residential treatment programs, substance use units, and inpatient hospital.

Publications and Presentations

Dumessa, L., Oliveros, A., & Coleman, A. (2018). Attributions of Conflict: Impact on the Relationship between Parental Physical Assault and Emotion Regulation Difficulties. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 1-16.

Dumessa, L., & Oliveros, A. Adversity and Resilience Training (ART): Pilot Study. Presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in Washington, DC (November, 2018).

 Dumessa, L., & Oliveros, A., (November, 2017). Interparental Conflict: Impact on Parental Emotional Availability and Emotion Regulation. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego, CA.

Dumessa, L., Coleman, A., Oliveros, A., (March, 2017). Family violence: Impact on attachment and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Paper presented at the Southern Psychological Association, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dumessa, L., Coleman, A., Oliveros, A., (March, 2016). Attributions of Parental Physical Assault: Effect on Emotion Regulation Difficulties. Paper presented at the Southern Psychological Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dumessa, L., Coleman, A., Oliveros, A., (March, 2016). Conflict Attributions of Physical Discipline: Impact on Drinking to Cope. Paper presented at the Southern Psychological Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dumessa, L. (March, 2015). Preschool Disruptive Behaviors and Classroom Management Intervention. Poster presented at Southeastern Psychological Association, Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Dumessa, L., Semcho, S., Harrop, T., & Lewis, S. (November, 2014). Higher Avoidance PTSD Symptoms Predict Coping Motives For Alcohol Use Among Treatment-Seeking Adolescents. Poster presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

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