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Triana, PhD, LCSW

Rafael Triana, PhD, LCSW

Rafael is currently a senior staff clinician at CAPS.  He is the former Divisonal Head of Mental Health Services and a former Director of CAPS in the Department of Student Health.  In the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, he is the faculty director for Medical Spanish and Culture.  He also teaches first year medical students in the Practice of Medicine course.  In the Department of Psychiatry, he teaches Psychodynamic Theory and Practice to PGY III residents,  In addition, he has supervised first year and second year candidates in the China-America Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA) training program.  Clinically, he provides treatment for a broad range of psychiatric disorders.  His speciality is in the neuroscience of late adolescent development and combat trauma in veterans.  He received an MSW and PhD degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School of Social Work.  Rafael also holds BS and MA degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Buddhism from the University of Virginia.  His education includes a four-year fellowship in the Mental Health Division at Yale University Health Services, and completion of psychoanalytic training at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis where he continues his affiliation as faculty.  In addition, he graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked as a professional actor.  As a marine sergeant long range reconnaissance patrol leader, he served for two tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor.  He was raised in a New York inner city barrio and comes from a family of Cuban immigrants and refugees.