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Debeka V. Bennett, Ph.D

Psychologist, Outreach to Special Populations Coordinator

Debeka V. Bennett is an NJ permit psychologist who joined the staff in March 2019. Dr. Bennett currently serves as a Staff Therapist and Outreach Coordinator for Special Populations. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Florida State University in Family & Child Sciences, her master’s degree in Family Therapy at Drexel University, and her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology at Seton Hall University.

Prior to MHS, Dr. Bennett worked in various settings, including psychiatric and addiction rehabilitation inpatient and outpatient programs, forensic departments, emergency rooms, and schools. She approaches her practice from a psychodynamic and ecological systems theory perspective.

She has a strong interest in racial and cultural identity development, trauma, interpersonal relationships, issues related to masculinity, abuse, issues of diversity and social justice, outreach, and the intersectionality of race, culture, and gender.

Dr. Bennett enjoys traveling, horseback riding, going to the beach, attending art shows, and going to the arcade.