top of page
Work Experience

Read here to find out about my work experience, both as a therapist, and as a teacher

Me, 2016


Presenting at the Cottage Hospital Mental Health Fair, on Resiliency and Coping with Disasters, May 19, 2018

office interior.JPG

My Office


Volunteering with other Psychologists, at a Community Event for Disaster Mental Health, following the 1/9/18 Debris Flow

Clinical Psychology - Therapy, Research, Consultation and Teaching Experience

Private Practice: (05/02 – present):  Currently working in a private practice setting, providing therapy to Adults, College students, adolescents, couples, families and children.

Chairperson of the Disaster Response Team, Santa Barbara County Psychology Association (06/09 - 12/12 and 01/18-present). Coordinating Psychological First Aid response and Long-term recovery with local Psychologists, following disasters, in coordination with other county resources. Liaison with the California State Psychological Association's Disaster Response Network.  Providing trainings in Disaster Response for Mental Health professionals.  Community Outreach.

Member of the California Psychological Association's Disaster Response Network (01/2018 - present) - Representing Santa Barbara County for the State's Disaster Response Network.

Member of Community Wellness Team, Santa Barbara County (01/18 - present) - member of a multi-agency Disaster Response and Recovery Wellness Team.

Chairperson of Website Committee and Webmaster, Santa Barbara County Psychology Association (06/13-12/17). Maintaining website for county Psychological Association. Training and assisting other Board Members in website functionality.

Co-Chairperson of Continuing Education Committee, Santa Barbara County Psychology Association (01/12-12/15).  Coordination, planning and implementation of ongoing professional continuing education programs for licensed Clinical Psychologists.


Board Member, Dos Pueblos High School’s Engineering Academy Foundation (06/13-present).  Foundation Board Member for public high school’s specialized STEAM academy.  


Treasurer for the Board of Directors, Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (08/10 – 12/10):  Elected as Treasurer to Psychological Association in Santa Barbara County.


Adjunct Faculty, Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA (10/09 – present):  Teaching Practicum Supervision, Theories of Psychotherapy, and Psychopathology courses for graduate students.


Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Internship Supervisor, (07/09 – present):  Primary Supervisor for California-registered psychology assistants.


Advisory Board Member – First Five of Santa Barbara County, (05/09 – 05/13):  Member of Board for non-profit which creates, implements, and evaluates early intervention programs for children ages 0-5 years in Santa Barbara County.


Private Consultant (03/09 – 03/10):  Central Coast Individual Outpatient Program for Eating Disorders.  Providing consultation for cases, and supervising students in clinical training.

Practicum Supervision (04/09 – present):  Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA.  Primary supervisor for student working in the Counseling Center at Cleveland Elementary School in Santa Barbara, CA, and for a student at New Beginnings Counseling Center, Santa Barbara, CA.


Secretary for the Board of Directors, Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (01/09 – 12/09):  Elected as Secretary to Psychological Association in Santa Barbara County.


Advisory Board Member for “Assets for Santa Barbara Youth Coalition” (09/07 – 06/08):  Member of a Multi-Disciplinary Board of Directors, comprising professionals from around the Santa Barbara Community who created initiatives to benefit Santa Barbara Youth.


Director of Parent Education for Ojai Valley Community Nursery School (01/04 – 06/06): Directed and taught the Parent Education component at a Family Cooperative Preschool.  Secured Grants for workshops, as well.


(extended Maternity leave 5/98 – 1/04) 


Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children; Kapi’olani Child Protection Center; Honolulu, HI. (10/96 – 5/98):  Post-doctoral residency receiving specialized training in the assessment and treatment of victims and perpetrators of child abuse and maltreatment.  Conducted over 100 psychological evaluations on adults and children with active CPS cases. Served as an expert witness for the state of Hawaii in child abuse cases. 


Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children; Kapi’olani Counseling Center; Honolulu, HI. (9/95 – 8/96): Full-year, APA-approved predoctoral internship in child-clinical psychology.  Received training in both treatment and assessment of children and adults.  Specialized training in the treatment of ADHD, trauma, personality disorders, divorce, eating disorders, and pediatric medical consultation. 


Psychological Services and Training Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. (9/91 – 6/95):  Conducted individual and family therapy, as well as psychological evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults.  Experience in both short and long-term therapy. 


Instructor for Undergraduate Courses in Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, Wa. (Spring Quarter, 1995):  Instructor for a small, upper-level, undergraduate Psychology course on "Child and Adolescent Behavior Disorders".


Teaching Assistant, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. (1990-1994).  T.A. for a number of undergraduate Psychology, and graduate Clinical Psychology courses while I was a graduate student at the University of Washington: such as:  IQ Assessment, Advanced Assessment, Human Sexuality, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Psychology, and Intro to Psychology.


Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA.; Neuropsychological Testing (7/94 – 6/95):  Psychological testing of children and adults in an inpatient hospital setting.  Batteries included bio-psycho-social histories, IQ, memory, achievement, plus full Halstead-Reitan neuropsychological batteries.  Patients were on either the inpatient psychiatric or rehabilitation units and presented with serious head injuries, chronic mental illnesses, substance abuse, learning disabilities, AIDS, or mental retardation. 


Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, WA.; Department of Rehabilitative Psychology, (1994 – 1995): Administered psychological tests to children and adolescents who had suffered recent head injuries.  Tests measured:  IQ, academic functioning, memory, learning, visual-motor integration, attention, and neuropsychological functioning. 


Adolescent Clinic at the University of Washington Hospital, Seattle, WA. (9/93 – 7/94):  Family therapy team and individual therapy with adolescents, children and adults in a multi-disciplinary setting. 


Dental Fears Focus Group Leader, University of Washington Dental School, Seattle, WA., (1994):  Led focus groups on the topic of dental fears for a research project.  Participants were mothers who had not sought dental treatment for their children in the last few years. 


Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry; Seattle, WA.  (1992 – 1993):  Assessment on inpatient psychiatric children and adolescents with psychiatric disturbances.  Tests included:  IQ, achievement, personality, memory, neuropsychological, visual-motor, and attention. 


FAST Track Project, Seattle, WA. (1991 – 1992):  Co-leader for two weekly parenting skills groups targeting children at risk for developing conduct problems. 


National Institute of Mental Health – Laboratory of Developmental Psychology, Bethesda, MD (1989-1990): Received a grant to work as a research assistant on a project assessing early conduct problems in preschool aged children.  


Youth Homes of Mid-America, Johnston, IA. (1989):  Worked as the primary resident counselor for 5 adolescent boys living in a group home.  The adolescents were incarcerated for minor crimes, and lived by a behavioral point system. 

bottom of page