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Meet Christina Villarreal, 2004 CSPP Graduate

Dr. Christina Villarreal is a 2004 Clinical Psychology PhD graduate from CSPP in Alameda. While she was a student at CSPP, Dr. Villarreaspecialized in Health and Multicultural Psychology. Prior to her time at CSPP, Dr. Villarreal earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Emory University and a Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco where she studied Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. Christina Villareal

Dr. Villarreal’s training includes years of intensive research-based and clinically rigorous experiences at leading healthcare institutions such as UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital (a nationally renowned teaching hospital and leading psychology internship program),  the Behavioral Medicine Department at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, the Health Psychology training program at San Francisco Veteran’s Hospital, and Laguna Honda Hospital’s Pain Education Program. Dr. Villarreal is also qualified to provide pre-surgical psychological evaluations such as preparation for Bariatric/Gastric Bypass surgery or organ transplants.  She has conducted research through the Center for HIV and AIDS Prevention (CAPS) at the University of California, San Francisco and has published research in the area of sexual risk behavior among Latinos.

Today, Dr. Villarreal maintains a private psychotherapy and forensic assessment practice in Oakland, California. This includes psychological treatment for adults, families and adolescents dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship or interpersonal difficulties, exploring sexuality/sexual problems, job related stress conditions, people coping with medical illnesses and/or chronic pain, bereavement, and phase of life transitions such as parenthood, divorce, or changes in careers.  Dr. Villarreal uses evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, and has expertise in treating culturally diverse populations. Dr. Villarreal’s forensic practice includes providing assessment services for the Department of Public Health/City and County of San Francisco, as well as assessment referrals from private attorneys.  She has also held a teaching position at Argosy University (San Francisco Bay Campus) where she instructs and supervises doctoral students in Cognitive and Personality Assessment, and Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology.  She also blogs for www.examiner.com/oakland as Oakland's Mental Health Writer, and maintains 700+ followers on Facebook.com, and is a member of our CSPP alumni group on LinkedIn.