Board Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist:
Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, #8872
Established in 1947, the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) grants Diplomate certification to licensed psychologists who demonstrate an advanced level of competency and experience in their service specialty. To obtain this certification, a psychologist must undergo a rigorous written and oral examination process by a team of examiners certified in that specialty.
California Licensed Psychologist:
Licensed by the California Board of Psychology, PSY25806
APA accredited professional training:
Two-year American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the University of Southern California (USC). Specialty focus on transgender youth at the Division of Young Adult and Adolescent Medicine and the Center for Transyouth Health and Development.
One year APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University of Southern California (USC) University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. I conducted bilingual psycho-diagnostic and developmental evaluations for school-aged children collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of medical and mental health providers.
APA accredited academic training:
The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on International Disaster Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) B.A. in Psychology and Spanish with extensive research in Public Health/Nutrition
Additional training and international experience:
Community Health Volunteer in Peru with the United States Peace Corps. I lived and worked in a small community of one thousand people in the Andes mountains of Peru on projects ranging from reduction of infant mortality, best nutrition, and hygiene practices for school-aged children and was affectionately dubbed the town “psychologist.
Two-year intensive training on Leadership Education in Neuro-Developmental and Related Disabilities training (LEND) where I conducted assessments for children in the foster care system and youth who are experiencing co-morbid medical and mental health symptoms.
The range of my experiences includes conducting neuropsychological evaluations for a stroke and sleep apnea study at Children’s Hospital Colorado, training local mental health providers on assessment tools at the Nhi Dong Pediatric Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and providing training to medical providers as a staff psychologist with the Peace Corps Headquarters (based in Washington, DC and extensive travel to volunteer sites).