Dr. Dessie Clark is the Research Collaboration Coordinator for the ADVANCE program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Clark completed her PhD in Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. Dr. Clark received her Master’s of Education from Vanderbilt University in Community Development and Action. Dr. Clark’s research interests are broadly related to increasing quality of life for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. More specifically, Dr. Clark is interested in exploring the use of neurofeedback therapy in survivors who have experienced a traumatic brain injury.


Dr. Clark’s most recent publication suggests a voluntary, survivor-centered advocacy model focused on service access, connection, and collaborative resource acquisition should be used by domestic violence advocates working with survivors.

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