Post doctorate Psychologist driven to help others overcome personal obstacles. Comfortable working autonomously or in a team-based setting.
Conduct comprehensive psychological assessments to measure intelligence, achievement levels, learning disabilities, personality, and neurological deficits. Assessments include: WAIS-IV, WRAT4, WIAT, WMS, MMPI2, MCMI-III, PAI, MSE, BDI, NAB, SDS,Brown Attention Deficit Disorder Scales, Nelson-Denny Reading Test, Strong, and the Bender-Gestalt II. Meet with clients for a structures clinical interviews to acquire self-reported history for reports and information as way to measure and diagnose any psychopathology that may interfere with being successful in the work or school environment. Write up psychological assessment reports that included treatment recommendations as a way to aid in individuals being able to be successful in the work force or school.
The post-doctoral position includes, creating and conducting a pilot research study that investigates the psychological motivation behind concert attendees, teaching as a guest lecturer on various topics related to adolescents (i.e. eating disorders and adolescent romantic love) at local universities, and working as a clinician at Central Coast Treatment Centers. Duties at Central Coast Treatment Center included supervision of MFT interns, conducting initial insurance authorizations and utilization reviews, coordination of care with outside providers, and performing initial assessments with adults and adolescents. Other clinical responsibilities included engaging in family, couple, and individual therapy, treatment planning, and discharge planning, leading group therapy (i.e. process groups, CBT, DBT skill building group, and family support groups). Assist supervisor with her private practice (i.e. patient billing, Medicare billing).
Conducted individual, couples and family therapy with adults, adolescents and children. Worked with a variety of people suffering mood disorders (i.e. anxiety, depression), personality disorders (i.e. narcissistic and borderline), conduct disorder in children, PTSD, sexual trauma, eating disorders, and substance abuse. In addition to therapy, I administered in-take and psychological assessments, developed treatment goals, taught psychosocial skills, maintained treatment records, coordinated with other health care professionals and schools (when needed), and assisted in billing insurance companies as well as State agencies.
Created and led daily process and social skills building groups to adults and adolescents with chronic and acute mental illnesses, such as bipolar, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, major depressive disorders, and substance abuse issues. Other duties included training new interns, intake assessments and assisting with discharge plans to ensure the patients had proper follow-up care.
Intakes, assessment and treatment of eating disorder patients in a multi-disciplinary intensive outpatient treatment setting. Population was high risk with dual diagnosis and received treatment from numerous professionals, which involved intensive coordination of care. Treatment consisted of individual and family therapy as well as leading weekly process and social skills training groups. Other duties included hiring, training, and managing new interns.
Focused on family systems and community psychology with a multi-cultural, diverse population. Diagnosis ranged from mild to severe, including chemical dependency and dual diagnosis. Co-facilitated adolescent groups on social and emotional intelligence.
Practicum site that conducted individual and group therapy for adolescents and adults who suffered from domestic violence and anger management issues. Facilitated group therapy for men who were court mandated for perpetrating domestic violence.
Dissertation: "Adolescent Romantic Love: A Phenomenological Study of Middle Adolescent Girls' Lived Experience of Romantic Love" examines how female adolescents experience, act upon, and conceptualize romantic love. The research provides insight on how romantic relationships affect various personal and relational development.
Master's Thesis: "Looking Down the Rabbit Hole for Our Ancestral Roots was a phenomenological study analyzing how family and archetypal relationships impact an individuals personality.
PsychoMusic Research (May 2014 - Present). Director and Founder
In conjunction with Nederlander Concert Promotions, this pilot research project analyzes the psychological relationship between concert attendees musical preference and the concerts they choose to attend. The goal of the research study is to identify various themes that motivate individuals to attend live concerts as a way to help market researchers improve their marketing strategies. Supervised by Betsy Bates-Freed, Psy.D.
Ready To Rock (December 2007 - February 2009). Family Therapy Institute Research Assistant.
Assisted in designing a pilot project to teach young children important skills and concepts through music and therapeutic activities. This project taught children social-emotional learning in their formative years that prepared them to succeed in school. Supervised by Don MacMannins, Ph.D.
American Psychological Association
California Psychological Association
Santa Barbara County Psychological Association
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