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Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region is thrilled to welcome Summer Rose, Psy.D. to the CIS Dallas Executive Management Team as Chief Clinical Officer. Dr. Rose joins the organization at a time of extremely high need for the mental health services provided by the CIS Clinical Team. This ever-growing need is largely driven by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism across the country, political unrest, and economic instabilities increasing the demand for K-12 mental health support. Students are experiencing higher counts of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, attention disorders, and general behavioral concerns than ever before. Within the last 2 years, what is ‘normal’ for school aged youth has been severely redefined, and it is up to mental health experts like Dr. Rose to help mitigate the fallout for our students.

Dr. Rose, licensed psychologist, comes to CIS Dallas with over a decade of experience in the Dallas mental health space. She has a private practice that is currently providing telehealth services to individuals across the lifespan. She was previously on staff at Momentous Institute, a Dallas area non-profit that provides therapeutic services to children and families. While there, she provided therapy, was the Assessment Coordinator, served as the primary supervisor for the Early Childhood Assessment Team, and provided training to community partners on topics such as the impact of trauma and poverty on well-being.  Dr. Rose also led the efforts to expand Momentous’ clinical services to the Southern sector of Dallas.  This included providing services in the Bonton community through a partnership with Bonton Farms (an urban farm in a food desert) and Dallas Housing Authority. Dr. Rose was a featured speaker for TedXPleasant Grove in 2020, highlighting this area of her work.

She is passionate about increasing equitable service delivery to overlooked populations and treating communities with the respect and dignity they deserve. Dr. Rose has trained in a variety of settings including an inpatient hospital, outpatient clinics, community mental health centers, and schools. She has been a guest speaker on NPR and KERA on topics related to the trauma of racism and racial violence in the media. She was a member of the inaugural cohort of Black Women in Nonprofit Leadership, sponsored by Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation. Most recently, she was selected for the Dallas Public Voices Fellowship, sponsored by The Boone Family Foundation. Her professional interests include the intersection of trauma and race, dismantling systemic racism and systems of oppression, childhood trauma, child protective service/foster family issues, culture/diversity, and family therapy. She personally enjoys cooking, being married to a career educator and being the mother of two wonderful children.