Dr. Rafael Triana, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pyschiatric and Neurobehavioral Sciences
Graduate Psychoanalyst; Licensed Clinical Social Worker
University of Virginia
Specialty: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy with Adolescents; Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy with Adults; Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Rafael Triana, Ph.D.: Dr. Triana is a Psychoanalyst, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. Currently, he is a Senior Staff clinician in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), in the Department of Student Health at the University of Virginia. Dr. Triana is the former Division Head of Mental Health Services and former Director of Counseling and Psychological Services in the Department of Student Health.
At CAPS, he provides seminars and supervision to psychology interns and post-doctoral candidates. In the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, he is the faculty director for Medical Spanish and Culture. He also teaches first year medical students in the Practice of Medicine course. In the Department of Psychiatry, he provides supervision and teaches seminars on Psychodynamic Theory and Practice to PGY III residents. In addition, he has supervised first-year and second year candidates in the China-America Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA) training program. His theoretical area of interest is in the interface between contemporary psychoanalytic theory and neurobiology science. Clinically, he provides treatment for a broad range of psychiatric disorders. In his private practice he, specializes in psychoanalysis and long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy. His specialty is late adolescence development and combat trauma in veterans.
He received a Masters and Ph.D. degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School of Social Work. Dr. Triana also holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Drama and Religious Studies with a concentration in Buddhism from the University of Virginia. His education includes a four year fellowship in the Mental Health Division at Yale University Health Services, and completion of psychoanalytic training at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis where he continues his affiliation as faculty.
In addition, he graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked as a professional actor. As a marine sergeant long range reconnaissance patrol leader, he served for two tours of duty in Viet Nam and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. He was raised in a New York inner city barrio and comes from a family of Cuban immigrants and refugees.
Languages spoken: Spanish
Accepts Insurance: N
Takes Child Patients: N
- Graduate in Psychoanalytic Studies Program