Meet Your New Mentors: CSPP’s Illustrious Faculty

The California School of Professional Psychology is very proud of our accomplished faculty. Our professors’ collective expertise covers an extraordinary range of topics, about which they teach, study and publish. Experts can be found for most disorders and for assessment and intervention techniques across the life span.

Faculty members working as practitioners are a critical part of CSPP’s community involvement and demonstrate a commitment to the combination of academic rigor and practical experience that is our hallmark. You will thrive under the mentorship in the classroom and in the field that demonstrates our professors’ dedication to student development.

Learn From Psychology’s Famous Names

Because CSPP has a tradition of attracting world and nationally renowned experts in diverse specialties of psychology, you will be learning from the very best. Many of the leading pioneers in the field have taught in our CSPP programs, including Virginia Satir, Carl Whitaker, James Framo, Ivan Böszörményi-Nagy, Norman Paul, Edwin Driedman, Maurizio Andolfi, Susan Johnson, Jay Haley, Carl Rogers, Victor Frankl and Abraham Maslow.

Be Ready for Tomorrow’s Challenges

CSPP faculty members are committed to advancing the profession and dedicated to training professionals to meet the behavioral science challenges of today and tomorrow in a multicultural society.

Clinical Psychology (PhD)

Associate Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Research interest: neuropsychology and neuroimaginging in the fields of substance abuse (alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, etc), HIV, personality disorders, and late-life depression, and dementia. Refugee mental health and treatment. Clinical specialty: neuropsychological assessment in adults. Areas of future expansion: Transgender and bisexual discrimination and refugee mental health and treatment.

Associate Professor & Program Director  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Dr. Allard's clinical and research expertise is in posttraumatic distress. Her program of research focuses on the impact of interpersonal trauma, including risk and resiliency factors, cultural moderators, and intervention implications. In particular, she is interested in the differential effects of interpersonal trauma versus non-interpersonal trauma, and specifically the roles of betrayal level and misplaced guilt in trauma outcomes. Among the funded studies in which she is involved, Dr. Allard is a Co-Investigator on Department of Defense two-site randomized clinical trial of an intervention she co-developed with colleagues.

Interim Program Director  |   Fresno Campus
Research Interests:

Adult and child event memory (qualitative/quantitative paradigms); child development, including impact of abuse on development and attachment; cognitive models of trauma; applied psychology.

Associate Prof & Dir of LA Clinical PhD  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Couple therapy process and outcome; evidence based cross-cultural assessment; infidelity; treatment of military sexual trauma; individual and family effects of PTSD in military and veteran populations; training approaches and supervision for family/couple therapists

Distinguished Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Life span development (development, adjustment, psychopathology, and treatment from a psychoanalytic perspective); psychology of women; gender identity development; application of psychoanalytic theories (attachment and object relations); education and training in psychology; professional ethics

Assistant Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Distinguished Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Countertransference; memory for trauma child abuse; trauma-related disorders, dissociation; recovered or repressed memory; ethics and standards in psychology; empirical foundations of psychoanalytic concepts; trauma related to racism and discrimination; writer's block and the facilitation of writing

Academic Dean  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Psychology of women, including role strain, work, and health; gender roles; issues relevant to the practice of professional psychology; graduate education

Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

cross-cultural mental health,gender issues, Asian American psychology, sexuality, sex positivity, intergenerational transmission of trauma, prevention, global health care, health disparities, advocacy, spirituality, holistic care, wellness

Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Assessing adverse and beneficial responses to stress from the acute to chronic, the latter including health conditions. Assessing these responses within a cultural context and considering individual personality characteristics, such as the trait of mindfulness. Determining factors that distinguish adverse stress responses from psychological growth. Systemic analysis of mental health: program evaluation of health and mental health agencies

Distinguished Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Scientific study of mind/body medicine modalities; physiological patterning in stress-related disorders; clinical protocols for biofeedback training; mediators of autonomic control; anxiety disorders; heart rate variability (HRV) measurement and biofeedback

Adjunct Faculty  |   Los Angeles Campus
Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Substance abuse and AIDS treatment and prevention in multicultural communities; program evaluation in behavioral health systems including managed care systems including drug courts and alternative community approaches in juvenile probation; organizational systems with a focus on managed behavioral health policy evaluation, and analysis; early childhood prevention and intervention; cost analysis; studies in programs for assertive community treatment (PACT)

Interim Program Director  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Early childhood psychopathology; biological and neuropsychological basis of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders; neurodevelopmental effects of child abuse; attention deficit/hyperactivity and severe language disorders; assessment of children; differential diagnosis and treatment of childhood psychotherapy

Associate Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Social justice in psychology and psychotherapy; multicultural competence; Health at Every Size; LGBTQIA issues; impact of social privilege and oppression, especially as regards to body size, physical appearance, sexual orientation, race, gender, gender expression, religion, age, and social class

Assistant Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Gender role development; self-concept development; attachment relationships; cross-cultural psychology

Distinguished Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

HIV; substance abuse; intervention for adolescents; community prevention; ethnic and sexual minorities; drug-exposed infants and parents; juvenile delinquency; workforce development and pipeline; Latino health and higher education

Assistant Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Neurocognitive impairments in psychosis and schizophrenia, biomarkers of severe psychopathology, pathophysiology of cognition in patients with psychosis or at high-risk for psychosis, neurophysiological response to cognitive interventions.

Distinguished Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Ronald McDonald House Family/child and Couple Clinical Psychology Training Program; treatment of sex, intimacy and relationship problems; differentiation-based couple therapy; the role self of the therapist plays in treatment of individuals, couples and families; person of the therapist training.

Progarm Director  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Schizophrenia; mood disorders; the role of psychosocial factors in the course and treatment of severe psychopathology

Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

- Multicultural and international psychology - Trauma, resilience, and posttraumatic growth across cultures and nations - Cognitive emotion regulation strategies and mindfulness as protective factors - Peace psychology and political distress

Associate Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Intersection of substance abuse and HIV-related risk behaviors among gay and bisexual men (GBM); health disparities among LGBT persons; affirmative addictions treatment models; mental health issues among LGBT youth

Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Stress/trauma, coping, protective factors and resilience Alcohol and drug abuse and dual diagnosis, PTSD, depression and suicide, behavior problems, treatment factors and patient outcomes Vulnerable populations (e.g., ethnic minorities, refugees/immigrants, abused and traumatized populations, disadvantaged children and adolescents, people with serious mental illness, military veterans, etc.)

Associate Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Distinguished Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Rorschach Performance Assessment System and personality assessment. Assessment of malingering and response manipulation, adolescent psychotic-like experiences, child psychopathology; trauma, dangerousness, sexual offense risk. Variety of clinical, fitness for duty, and forensic psychological evaluations.

Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

Assistant Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Program Director  |   Sacramento Campus
Research Interests:

Personality and neuropsychological assessment; personality disorders; treatment process, outcome and alliance; teaching and training in assessment

Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Clinical intervention with children and adolescents and their families; treatment of depression, anxiety, and general childhood disorders.

Director of Professional Training  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Childhood psychopathology; chemical dependency; alcoholic family; children of alcoholics; forensic psychology; ethics; sports psychology.

Associate Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Multicultural and international issues particularly in the areas of sex roles and gender, children, health, trauma, and class; pediatric and geriatric neuropsychology

Distinguished Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Interpersonal trauma; sibling relationships; post-traumatic stress disorder; group psychotherapy

Distinguished Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Life span development (development, adjustment, psychopathology, and treatment from a psychoanalytic perspective); psychology of women; gender identity development; application of psychoanalytic theories (attachment and object relations); education and training in psychology; professional ethics

Associate Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Use of technology in counseling; Asian-American mental health and help-seeking; acculturation and identity development and their relations to adjustment and help-seeking

Associate Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Asian immigrant and refugee mental health issues, culture and intervention/assessment, behavioral addiction (e.g., gambling addiction), mindfulness, legal and ethics, forensic psychology, child and family issues

Interim Prog Director, Sacramento/Fresno  |   Sacramento Campus
Research Interests:

Correctional psychology, geropsychology, rehabilitation psychology and integrated care

Associate Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Counter transference phenomenon and the interpersonal processes in therapist-client psychotherapy relationships; psychotherapist self-development and teaching and training of clinical skills; alternative paradigms for studying subjective and experiential aspects of the psychotherapy process

Associate Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Psychoanalytic approaches to the understanding of human development, personality, psychopathology, and clinical work (including modern psychoanalytic approaches such as self-psychology and intersubjectivity, the function and use of dreams, and the treatment of personality disorders); reproductive traumas (infertility, perinatal loss, disorders of pregnancy and postpartum, adoption, surrogacy, etc.); other topics related to the reproductive process (including, for example, the development of parental identity, decisions about childbearing, and parenting issues for gay and lesbian couples)

Assistant Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Assistant Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Social Justice, Cultural Humility, diverse clinical experiences, and research.

Program Director  |   Fresno Campus
Research Interests:

Psychological assessment; ADHD; self-handicapping and the interface of clinical and social psychology

Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Charismatic communication; musical theater and attitude change; mindfulness; improvisation; humor; transpersonal psychology; cognitive-behavioral therapy; psychedelics; cannabis

Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Cognitive styles and problem-solving abilities of Third World children; development of children of substance abusive mothers; child sexual abuse treatment; African American women and substance abuse; intergenerational study of black teen parenting; race and racism; special needs children; forensic psychology.

Interim Asst. Dean for Academic Affairs  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Multicultural and community psychology; Asian American mental health; feminism and women's issues; family therapy and its processes; qualitative research methodology

Associate Professor  |   Fresno Campus
Research Interests:

Forensic interviewing and assessment

Associate Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Psychodynamic theory and treatment; psychotherapy intervention and treatment outcome studies; treatment outcomes; eating disorders; suicide; multicultural issues; psychotherapy; feminism.

Assistant Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Ethnic Minority Mental Health, Children and Families, Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration

Assistant Professor  |   Fresno Campus
Research Interests:

Dr. Liang's research interests include diversity, multicultural care, weight, eating and body image issues, and Asian American psychology. Her current research explores the roles of ethnic identity and culture in the context of weight, eating, and body image concerns in the AAPI population and examines systemic barriers that contribute to disparities in mental health care across sociocultural groups.

Assistant Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Diversity and multicultural issues; ethnic minority mental health; adjustment of immigrant children and families; impact of family and cultural context on psychopathology; racial/ethnic identity development; evidence-based treatments with diverse populations; Asian American mental health

Internship Director  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Early childhood mental health; assessment and treatment of high-risk parents, infants, and children; behavioral, emotional, and mental outcomes of early trauma and adverse life events; caregiver-child attachment and parenting in early childhood; effects of prenatal trauma and exposures; infertility and fertility treatment outcomes; spirituality and mental health

Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Projective tests, differential diagnoses, clinical inference, psychological assessment, workplace violence prevention; school violence prevention, threat assessment

Associate Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Anxiety, stress, resilience and coping; complementary health practices; applied psychophysiology and biofeedback; trauma psychology; LGB psychology; transgender health; immigration psychology; cross-cultural assessment; trans-theoretical approaches to child and adult treatment.

Associate Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Developmental psychopathology, transition to parenthood; parents' and children's social perceptions in the family; parent skills training; children of divorce; school- based mental health

Associate Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Women''s issues; environmental issues

Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Cult and ritual abuse; child abuse; trauma and dissociation; dissociation of identity; disability determination; critical theory

Program Director, LA Clinical PsyD  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Pediatric health psychology; pediatric psychoneuroimmunology; psychological and neuropsychological functioning in children and adolescents with chronic health conditions, intellectual giftedness and twice exceptionality, ADHD and learning disorders

Dir, Inst on Disability and Health Psych  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Distributive justice; models of disability; parents with disabilities; diversity training; case formulation, psychopathology and diagnosis; family therapy; cognitive behavior therapy

Assistant Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Psychological assessment, child and family, forensic psychology, teaching and training

Associate Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Lifespan development and posttraumatic growth, particularly in highly stressed populations (AIDS, cancer, refugees); psychology of spirituality; integrative psychology; health psychology; individual differences; quantitative and qualitative methods

Distinguished Professor  |   Sacramento Campus
Research Interests:

Psychology Education and Training Professional Competency and Competency Assessment Ethics and Legal Issues in Practice Supervision

Assistant Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Evidence based treatments for children, trauma informed treatment for children, countertransference, vicarious traumatization, clinical training and supervision

Assistant Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Assistant Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Personality assessment instruments with an emphasis on the MMPI-2/MMPI-A; assessment instruments use among practicing clinicians; standard of care practices; suicide; clinical work with adolescents and families, and sport psychology

Associate Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); posttraumatic growth; mindfulness; resilience; barriers to care, including mental health stigma; diversity and mental health; mental health treatment preferences; telehealth - using technology to enhance psychological services; mental health for military veterans and older adults

Director of Professional Training  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Creative arts and psychology; technology and psychology; psychotherapy and trauma; the therapeutic relationship; spirituality and psychotherapy; sports psychology; cultural anthro-psychological approaches to diversity.

Criminal Justice (BS)

Associate Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Police-Community Relations; Police Integrity and Moral Injury; Emotional Intelligence; Peer Mediation and Anti-Bullying Programs

Program Dir., Psych & Criminal Justice  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Social determinates of health; trauma informed systems; integrated healthcare; neurological development as a result of complex trauma and chronic stress; developmental traumatology with emphasis on social ecology.

Marital and Family Therapy (MA)

Professor  |   Sacramento Campus
Research Interests:

Common factors across effective MFT models; bridging the scientist/practitioner gap in MFT; International MFT education

Associate Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Assistant Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Assistant Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Person-of-the-therapist training. Emotion and attachment-centered therapies. Diversity and social justice in Couple and Family Therapy. Trauma therapy. Therapy with immigrant, Latino, and bilingual families. Qualitative research.

Marital and Family Therapy (PsyD)

Assistant Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Professor  |   Irvine/Orange County Campus
Research Interests:

Teaching, providing couple and family therapy, writing research articles, as well as mentoring students, and new professionals

Assistant Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Legal status and impact on mental health, Immigration and Deportation in families, Attachment theory, EFT, Self of Therapist issues and impact on clinical work, social justice.

Assistant Professor  |   Irvine/Orange County Campus
Assistant Professor  |   Irvine/Orange County Campus
Research Interests:

Immigration and acculturation; parenting; bicultural identity; cross-cultural research; cultural immersion programs; self-of-therapist training and supervision; qualitative research; systemic training and evaluation

Assistant Professor  |   Sacramento Campus
Distinguished Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Emotionally Focused Therapy; couples therapy, courtship, marriage, MFT process and outcome research; observational research; cultural issues in couple relationships; MFT supervision processes; MFT therapy training; religion, chemical dependency

Organizational Psychology (PhD)

Assistant Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Group dynamics, teamwork, group decision-making and problem-solving, leadership and influence in teams, diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion in organizations, employees' perceptions of justice and fairness.

Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Social psychology in organizations focusing on inter group relations, prejudice and discrimination, Leadership focusing on leadership emergence, transformational leadership, Diversity management, multiculturalism, and internationalization in organizations, Cross-cultural psychology

Distinguished Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion in organizations; inclusive and multicultural leadership; Latinos/Latinas in the United States; Latino/a leadership; ethnic and cultural identity; group and intergroup behavior; organization development; organizational behavior; psychology in the Americas

Professor  |   San Francisco Beach St Campus
Research Interests:

Developing healthy organizations, including strategic change, organizational consulting, executive development and leadership, organizational ethics and social responsibility. Research and practice related to Tibetan Buddhism and transformational change, mindfulness and other awareness practices in leadership development, somatic foundations of organizational learning.

Professor  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Leadership, Employee Engagement, Organizational Change, Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations, Globalization

Director, CIC, Los Angeles  |   Los Angeles Campus
Research Interests:

Organizational change, employee surveys, organizational communication, consulting, training new consultants and students as consultants, leadership assessment and development, training and development, performance assessments, group leadership and learning

Psychology (Undergraduate)

Associate Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Police-Community Relations; Police Integrity and Moral Injury; Emotional Intelligence; Peer Mediation and Anti-Bullying Programs

Program Dir., Psych & Criminal Justice  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

Social determinates of health; trauma informed systems; integrated healthcare; neurological development as a result of complex trauma and chronic stress; developmental traumatology with emphasis on social ecology.

Assistant Professor  |   San Diego Campus
Research Interests:

anxiety disorders, trauma and stress related disorders, transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders, and cognitive behavior therapies.