About Dr. Gelinas

 Call (413) 584-2617


Dr. Gelinas

  • grew up a military family in the United States, Guam, Germany, France and Taiwan.
  • received her undergraduate and Doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and completed her clinical psychology internship at the University of Virginia Medical School
  • worked in the Department of Psychiatry, Baystate Medical Center  -- first as an inpatient treatment team leader and then in the outpatient service to focus on providing direct care to clients with trauma
  • founded and Co-Directed the Baystate Medical Center’s Incest Treatment Program - one of the first in the nation to directly treat adult survivors of intra-familial child sexual abuse
  • co-founded the Sexual Abuse Intervention Network (SAIN) Demonstration Project, Commonwealth of MA – a multi-disciplinary (protective, mental health, pediatric, police, legal and social services) team to consolidate evaluation of  children reporting sexual abuse (to spare them multiple evaluations by different services) and coordinate treatment
  • is the author of The Persisting Negative Effects of Incest, a classic in the field and the first published article to recognize and describe that survivors of child sexual abuse may suffer from PTSD, until then largely considered as a condition limited to combat veterans and survivors of natural disasters
  • is licensed as a psychologist by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (#2279)
  • has written professional articles and chapters on a range of subjects, including treating trauma, child sexual abuse, phase-oriented treatment of trauma and the integration of  EMDR in the treatment of trauma and dissociation
  • is the recipient of the Third Annual Human Service Award from the then Holyoke Hospital’s Center for Psychiatry in recognition of her accomplishments in adult mental health in Western Massachusetts
  • served twice on the Revisions Task Force organized by the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation and was a co-author of the Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults, Second and Third Revisions (2005, 2011)
  • serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation and the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research
  • has held adjunct teaching or clinical appointments at the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School, Tufts Univ. Medical College, the Summer Faculty for the Smith School of Social Work,  Harvard Medical School, and the Univ. of Massachusetts
  • has presented at over 200 conferences and offered over 20 courses on how to treat the effects of trauma, especially repeated traumatization
  • provides individual consultation to clinicians on how to safely and productively treat individuals who have experienced repeated trauma
  • leads consultation groups – individually and co-leads with Dr. George Abbott - for clinicians integrating EMDR in the treatment of repeated traumatization and dissociation
  • is a Certified EMDR therapist and Approved Consultant for the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), an EMDR Institute training Facilitator, and a Facilitator and Trainer for EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program/Trauma Recovery

Married for over 30 years, she is the mother of two grown children.


International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.  (2011). [Chu, J.A., Dell, P.F., Van der Hart, O., Cardena, E., Barach, P.M., Somer, E., Loewenstein, R.J., Brand, B., Golston, J.C., Courtois, C.A., Bowman, E.S., Classen, C., Dorahy, M., Sar, V., Gelinas, D.J., Fine, C.G., Paulsen, S., Kluft, R.P., Dalenberg, C.M., Jacobson-Levy, M., Nijenhuis, E.R.S., Boon, S., Chefetz, R.A., Middleton, W., Ross, C.A., Howell, E., Goodwin, G., Coons, P.M., Frankel, A.S., Steele, K., Gold, S.N., Gast, U., Young, L.M., & Twombly, J.].

Guidelines for treating dissociative identity disorder in adults, third revision, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 12(1), 115-187.
~ The ISST&D has made the 2011 Guidelines open access, available at www.isst-d.org.

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.  (2011). [Authors as above]. Guidelines for treating dissociative identity disorder in adults, third revision: Summary version. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 12(1), 188-212.

Gelinas, D.J. (2009). Protocol for releasing stuck Negative Cognitions in childhood-onset Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In M. Luber (Ed.), EMDR Scripted Protocols: Special Populations (pp. 427-446). New York: Springer Publishing.

Gelinas, D. J. & Lipke, H. (2007).  How do I get started with EMDR?  Journal of EMDR: Practice and Research. 1(1), 62-65.

International Society for the Study of Dissociation. (2005). [Chu, J.A., Loewenstein, R., Dell, P.  F., Barach, P.M., Somer, E., Kluft, R.P., Gelinas, D.J., Van der Hart, O., Dalenberg, C.J., Nijenhuis, E.R.S., Bowman, E.S., Boon, S., Goodwin, J., Jacobson, M., Ross, C.A., Sar, V., Fine, C.G., Frankel, A.S., Coons, P.M., Courtois, C.A., Gold, S.N., & Howell, E.] Guidelines for treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in adults, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 6(4), 69-149.

Gelinas, D. (2003). Integrating EMDR into Phase-Oriented Treatment for Trauma. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 4(3), 91-135.

Gelinas, D. (2003). Witnessing Violence: The effects on children and adolescents, In J. Miller, I. R. Martin, & G. Schamess (Eds.), School Violence and Children in Crisis (pp. 37-49). Denver: Love Publishing Co.

Gelinas, D. (2001). The effects on children and adolescents of witnessing violence, Smith College Studies in Social Work, 71(2), 209-224.

Gelinas, D. (co-author), Hampshire/Franklin Sexual Abuse Task Force. (1996). Addressing Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Probate and Family Court: A Protocol. Northampton, MA. Family and Probate Court.

Gelinas, D. (1995). The trauma paradigm, In L. Cohen, J. Berzoff & M. Elin (Eds.), Dissociative Identity Disorder: Clinical and Theoretical Controversies. New York: Jason Aronson.

Gelinas, D. (1993). Relational patterns in incestuous families, malevolent variations, and specific interventions with the adult survivor, In P. L. Paddison (Ed.), Treatment of Adult Survivors of Incest (pp.1-34). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press.

Gelinas, D. (1988). Family therapy of incest: Basic therapeutic stance; and also, Critical early structuring in the family therapy of incest, In S. Sgroi (Ed.), Vulnerable Populations: Evaluation and treatment of sexually abused children and adult survivors. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath and Company.

Gelinas, D. (1986). Unexpected resources in the family treatment of incest. In M. Karpel (Ed.), Family Resources: The Hidden Partner in Family Therapy. New York: Guilford.

Gelinas, D. (1983). The persisting negative effects of incest. Psychiatry, 46, 312-332.

Gelinas, D. (1981). Identification and treatment of incest victims. In E Howell & M. Bayes (Eds.), Women and Mental Health, New York: Basic Books.