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Emily Patton

E.C. Patton, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Heart to Heart Research Lab in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Emeryville campus. Dr. Patton is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in California and New York with clinical and research interests in emotion regulation and mindfulness practice. Dr. Patton was trained as an adolescent psychologist in a wide range of evidence-based practices (e.g. CBT, REBT, DBT, psychodynamic therapy), and is often integrative in clinical teaching. Dr. Patton has facilitated outreach, workshops, and training in mental health, emotional competence, and healthy relationships at multiple university campuses, including Barnard College, while completing postdoctoral studies there.

Professional Interests

Emotional regulation; gender and sexual minorities (GSM; e.g. queer, trans, and gender-expansive identities); therapy modality and therapist-client fit; social justice; central and peripheral psychophysiology. Research interests include the neural processing of emotions, microaggressions, and depression, as well as exploring the way that clinical interventions like mindfulness change the way the brain responds to emotions.

Education and Certifications

PhD, Case Western Reserve University, Clinical Psychology (Child & Family Track)


MA, Case Western Reserve University, Clinical Psychology


BA, University of California at Berkeley, Psychology (Philosophy Minor)




Alliant Educational Fund Seed/Innovation Grant



Cora Unger Brisky Fellowship in Psychology, Schubert Center for Child Studies, CWRU

Advanced Clinical Seminar
Advanced Clinical Skills - DBT Skills Group Facilitation
Biological Bases of Behavior
History and Systems of Psychology
Introduction to Professional Psychology
Observation and Interviewing
Research Proposal and Design