Dr. Portia Rawles Founder & CEO

Dr.PortiaBizShotDr. Portia Rawles is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the CEO/Founder of Rawles Psychological Services (RPS) a behavioral health practice with a team of certified therapists (Meet Our Team).   Dr. Rawles received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and doctorate from Regent University. Currently, Dr. Rawles works in the capacity of a clinician, professor, and consultant. Dr. Rawles presently serves as an online faculty for Saybrook University’s  Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program.  Saybrook University is located in Oakland, CA.

Prior to this, Dr.Rawles served for 4 years as Assistant Professor at South University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program and Psychology department. Dr. Rawles also previously served for five years as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program at Regent University.

Dr. Rawles’ professional credentials and expertise include: License Psychologist, North Carolina, Critical Incident Stress Debriefer, Forensic Evaluation of Sexually Abused Youth, EMDR – Level One and Level Two, Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations, Parenting Capacity Evaluations, Expert Witness in Traumatic Stress – Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, Expert Witness in Traumatic Stress among children & Adolescents – Virginia Circuit Courts, Certified Forensic Consultant and ASPPB Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ). Dr. Rawles was also the first Mental Health Officer for Virginia DMAT2 (Disaster Medical Assistance Team). DMATs are federal response teams consisting of a group of professional and para-professional medical personnel (supported by a cadre of logistical and administrative staff) designed to provide medical care during a disaster or other event. DMAT teams are a part of the National Disaster Medical System and operate under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Dr. Rawles’ scholarly and clinical area of interest is a trauma-informed perspective regarding the various societal and behavioral health challenges of vulnerable populations. Dr. Rawles’ most recent scholarly endeavor involves utilizing the theory of human security to conceptualize the challenges of vulnerable populations in the United States. The article titled Rethinking the Plight of American Urban Areas as a Human Security Challenge was recently published in the Community Development Journal; a journal of Oxford University Press.

Prior to becoming a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Rawles served 13 years with Norfolk Fire and Rescue. She retired as a Captain being the first African- American woman to reach this rank.