Dawn Higgins, Ph.D.

Dawn Higgins

Associate Professor & Chair, Interprofessional Health Studies Department


Dr. Higgins received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. For the past 19 years, Dr. Higgins has specialized in the area of trauma, grief and loss, and traumatic brain injury. In 2004, Dr. Higgins developed a model of psychotherapy for individuals living with a traumatic brain injury (T.B.I.). For her dissertation study, Dr. Higgins interviewed the young adults who were adolescents when their parent died on 9/ll. She explored how losing a parent in a national tragedy shapes an adolescent’s worldview.

In 2015, Dr. Higgins was one of five faculty at Walden University who launched the first fully online, accredited master in social work program. Since that time, Dr. Higgins has become an expert in online curriculum development for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Dr.  Higgins is a licensed clinical social worker and is continuing her research in trauma. 


Ph.D., M.S.W., Social Work, Catholic University of America
B.A., English, Mount St. Mary's University

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