Dr. Hugo Morais
Dr. Morais was born in a hyper-urban area of Brazil, moving with his family to Boston at the age of 12 and then to Florida a few years later. Having so many opportunities to interact with people of differing cultures, backgrounds, demographics, religions and experiences fueled his fascination with belief structures. He has extensive experience helping clients face significant life challenges and particularly enjoys seeing them grow and overcome adversity.
Dr. Morais completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Auburn University, then a fellowship at the Psychiatric Research Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. There he received training in forensic assessment and worked with individuals suffering from severe and persistent mental illnesses. He also worked extensively in an outpatient setting treating patients with a wide range of mental health concerns.
Following his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Morais worked in private practice and also served as a psychologist at the Arkansas State Hospital with a full-time faculty appointment as assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Dr. Morais remains engaged in scholarly work. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, including the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. His scientific work has been published in leading scientific journals, particularly the journal Sexual Abuse. His therapeutic style is informed by cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral approaches.