Deborah Gilman, Ph.D.


Resistance to change comes up in our work often.  As clients discover they must make changes, avoidance, defensiveness, or confrontation can occur.

Recognizing resistant behavior and underlying motivations helps us identify best approaches to respond to unwilling clients, and colleagues.

Learning to “Roll with Resistance” can enhance cooperation between clients and professionals in order to elicit meaningful change, and agreements.


Dr. Gilman is a member and current President of the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Dr. Gilman is a frequent speaker and trainer in both introductory and advanced collaborative training programs.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Tulane University. She teaches “Trauma, Crisis and Recovery” at the Masters and Doctoral Level at Chatham University.


May 2007 Ph.D. in Clinical/School Psychology, Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
Dissertation: Toward a greater understanding of community violence and the impact on child development: Event features that shape the experience and influence mental health functioning.

May 2002 M.S. in Clinical/School Psychology, Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
Thesis: Stress, coping, depression, and smoking during the transition to college: A diary study

May 2000 B.S. in Psychology with Honors, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Honors Thesis: Infant categorization: A language-based or task-dependent process

Teaching & Supervisory Experience

Chatham University Counseling Psy.D. Graduate Program Fall 2018- present

Created a Trauma, Crisis And Recovery class for Masters’ Level and Doctoral Level students.

The course is an introduction to psychological trauma, examining the historical development of trauma as a clinical entity, focusing on the present, and providing an overview of strategies for treating trauma. This introductory class provides the student with a comprehensive exploration of the psychological trauma field, including the history and current theories in the field, the nature of trauma (interpersonal abuse, combat, community, and natural disasters), how trauma affects individuals and systems, grief reactions, and traumatic stress. Students will also learn to identify, assess and work with trauma, as well as address their own reactions to clients who present trauma issues (e.g., vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue/burnout), Students have the chance to review evidence-based practices in the trauma field. A variety of theoretical frameworks are presented, including cognitive, neurobiological, clinical, and socio- cultural (including main controversies surrounding the field of trauma).

Pre & Post-Doctoral Supervisor, Chatham University December 2016- Present

Clinical supervisor for students who have completed their internship and need clinical hours for PA licensure. Focuses on skills required to build a clinical caseload and effectively implement interventions. Provide weekly group and individual supervision and case consultation.

Intern and Post-Doctoral Supervisor, The Watson Institute May 2008-December 2009

Trained pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows to implement behavioral interventions and conduct wrap around evaluations for infants, toddlers, youth, and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Conducted weekly “Lunch and Learn” case consultations with research component.
Participated on thesis and dissertation research committees. Mentored students to present research at conference poster sessions.

You may download Dr. Gilman’s complete CV here.