Early Career Professionals (ECP) Committee Chair Bio

Lisa De La Rue, Ph.D.
Pronouns: She/Her
Term: 2021-2022

Lisa De La Rue is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco. Her research adopts a social-ecological framework, which aims to delineate the gendered, cultural, and contextual associations of violence and victimization. Much of her research has focused on supporting people who have been impacted by violence, with a focus on increasing access to trauma-responsive and culturally responsive services. She has largely focused on the experience of girls and womxn who are impacted by violence, with the aim of changing systems to be more responsive and accountable to the needs of diverse womxn.  This includes increasing access to therapeutic services and supports in schools and communities as a way to disrupt punitive reactions to trauma.

De La Rue is also invested in developing culturally humble therapists and school counselors, and increasing representation of BIPOC professionals in these spaces. She has initiated and led efforts to engage in curriculum reform and syllabus development that ensures content is more responsive to, and reflective of, the needs of diverse communities. In addition, with purposeful recruitment efforts she has increased representation of diverse groups among the graduate students in her program.