(Philadelphia, PA) - Brendali F. Reis, PhD, has been appointed an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, effective immediately.

She earned her BA in Psychology from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and a MS in Developmental Psychology from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, with continued studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at The Cambridge Hospital at Harvard Medical School in 1997 and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology that same year.

Reis's interests span both psychology and psychiatry. She has participated in numerous lectures and workshops on developmental psychology and motivational enhancement therapy/cognitive behavioral therapy. She is currently the Co-Principal Investigator for the study, "The Co-Occurring Disorders Study," for which she received a 2000 award from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the US Department of Health & Human Services. In addition, she has written articles for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Arquivos Brasileiros de Psicologia and authored a chapter in Psicologia Social Para Principiantes.

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