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Anna Washington

Associate Professor/Associate Director of Clinical Training (DCT)
Anna Washington

Dr. Anna Washington (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Training (DCT) of the APA-accredited clinical PsyD program on the Sacramento campus. She received her PhD in Clinical Child and Community Psychology from UMBC in 2014 and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the UC Davis CAARE Center, specializing in trauma. Prior to joining Alliant Core Faculty in 2022, Dr. Washington worked full time as a clinical staff psychologist at the UC Davis CAARE Center, focusing on the assessment and treatment of child abuse. She has experience conducting a range of evaluations, including child welfare evaluations, competency to stand trial and risk assessments for youth involved with the juvenile justice system, and mental health diversion evaluations for adults. Dr. Washington has also provided expert testimony in criminal court cases involving child sexual abuse over 70 times. 

Dr. Washington’s prior teaching experience has primarily been in the clinical context, including seminars on Multicultural Perspectives and Evaluations, as well as providing training and supervision in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She teaches several Core classes in Alliant’s PsyD Program and contributes to electives in the newly developed Trauma Emphasis. 

Dr. Washington’s research interests are related to trauma and chronic stress among historically underserved and minoritized populations, with a focus on systems influences such as neighborhood characteristics, policy and legislation, systemic racism, and culture. She aims to conduct research that is community-informed and social justice oriented in content and/or process (e.g., using Community Based Participatory Research). Dr. Washington welcomes collaborations with local community organizations who have an interest in answering research questions related to trauma, equity, child welfare, and juvenile justice. 

Professional Interests
  • Trauma
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Forensics
  • Social Justice
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Community-based participatory research
Education and Certifications
  • PhD in Clinical Child and Community Psychology (2014) from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC; Baltimore, MD)
  • MS in Psychology (2009) from Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • BS in Psychology (2007), with a Minor in Sociology, from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)


Professional Activities

  • Executive Board Member, APA Division 37 Section on Child Maltreatment, 2014-Present 
  • Appointed Expert, Sacramento County Juvenile Expert Panel
  • Appointed Expert, Sacramento County Adult Mental Health Diversion Panel


Professional and Honorary Memberships

  • Division 27, APA, Society for Community Research and Action
  • Division 37, APA, Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice
    • Division 37, Section on Child Maltreatment
  • Division 53, APA, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsyR)
  • Practicum Consultation
  • IQ Assessment
  • Lifespan Development
  • Supervision
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Trauma electives
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • Timmer, S. G., Hawk, B. N., Washington, A. M. L., & Urquiza, A. J. (2022). "Trauma-Informed Care for Maltreated Children: Evidence-Based Treatments from a Developmental Perspective." In R. D. Krugman & J. E. Korbin (Eds.), Handbook of Child Maltreatment, Vol 14, 2nd edition.
  • Washington, A. (2017, November). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) with families presenting with trauma. Presentation to quarterly continuing education seminar for Iowa/Nebraska PCIT providers, Omaha, NE.  
  • Washington, A. (2017, October). Sibling placement decisions in the child welfare system. Invited panel presentation for the Complex Issues in Juvenile Court Practice X conference, Creighton School of Law, Omaha, NE.
  • Urquiza, A. J., Westin, A. M. L., & Blacker, D. M. (2016). "Psychological evaluations to determine competency to parent." In T. R. Masson (Ed.), Inside Forensic psychology, Chapter 9 (pp.195-224). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  • Clure, L., Daughton, J., Harlow, A., & Westin, A. (2016, October). Mental health in juvenile courts: How to use mental health information effectively. Invited presentation for the Complex Issues in Juvenile Court Practice IX conference, Creighton School of Law, Omaha, NE.
  • Westin, A. M. L., Barksdale, C. L., & Stephan, S. H. (2013). "The effect of waiting time on youth engagement to empirically supported treatments." Community Mental Health Journal, 50(2), 221-228. doi: 10.1007/s10597-012-9585-z
  • Westin, A. M. L., Starks, T. & Maton, K. I. (2013, June). Understanding youth stress in the context of neighborhood disadvantage. Poster presented at the 14th Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) Biennial Conference in Miami, FL.
  • Maton, K. I., Sto. Domingo, M. R., & Westin, A. M. L. (2013). Addressing religiosity and psychology in communities: Congregation as target population, community resource, and community influence. In K. Pargament (Ed.-in-Chief), A. Mahoney, & E. Shafranske (Assoc. Eds.), APA handbooks in psychology: APA handbook of psychology, religion and spirituality: Vol 2.  (pp.613-632). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Stephan, S., Westin, A., Lever, N., Medoff, D., Youngstrom, E., & Weist, M. (2012). "Do school-based clinicians' knowledge and use of common elements correlate with better treatment quality?" School Mental Health, 4(3), pp. 170-180. doi: 10.1007/s12310-012-9079-8
  • Maton, K. I., & Westin, A. M. L. (2012). Bridge to the Doctorate: Individual interview evaluation final report. Baltimore, MD: University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
  • Maton, K. I., Westin, A. M. L., José, D., & Wright, B. (2012). Diversity and the law. Baltimore, MD: University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
  • Payano Sosa, K. N., Attia, M., Westin, A., & Maton, K. (2012, August). Parental education and psychology students’ academic supports and barriers: A comparison of ethnic minorities. Poster presented at the 15th Annual UMBC Summer Undergraduate Research Fest, Baltimore, MD.
  • Westin, A. M. L., & Stephan, S. H. (2012, June). The effect of neighborhood poverty on Multisystemic Therapy outcomes. Poster presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues 2012 Biennial Conference, Charlotte, NC.
  • Pollard, S. A., Westin, A. M. L., Inamdar, A., Dabney, R., Mohan, N., Mahdi, T. C., & Maton, K. I. (2012, May). Increasing the Number of STEM PhDs through the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Research Careers, Baltimore, MD. 
  • Bonadio, T., Westin, A. M. L., & Mettrick, J. (2011, June). How race influences the relationship between evidence based practices (EBP) treatment completion and arrest. Paper presented at the 2011 Maryland Systems of Care Training Institutes, Baltimore, MD.
  • Meltzer, L. J. & Westin, A. M. L. (2011). "Impact of child sleep disturbances on parent sleep and daytime functioning." In M. El-Sheikh (Ed.), Sleep and Development: Familial and Socio-Cultural Considerations (pp. 113-131). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-539575-4
  • Patterson, C. A., Barakat, L. P., Henderson, P. K., Nall, F., Westin, A., Dampier, C. D., & Hsu, L. L. (2011). "Comparing abstract numerical and visual depictions of risk in survey of parental assessment of risk in sickle cell hydroxyurea treatment." Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 33(1), 4-9. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0b013e3181f46884