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Laura Olson Bermudez
Alliant Faculty Member

Dr. Bermudez (she, her) earned her doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles.  Her professional background includes clinical work, research, and teaching in the field of health psychology and educational psychology.  Her clinical areas of focus include pediatric health psychology, educational psychology, and psychodiagnostic assessment throughout the lifespan. 

Dr. Bermudez worked as a clinical psychologist at Rady Children's Hospital conducting assessments on infants and young children in the Developmental Evaluation Clinic, Polinsky Children’s Center and C3 (Children’s Care Connection).  She completed her pre-doctoral, APA Approved, internship at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Health Psychology Department.  She also completed a pre-doctoral practicum at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, University Affiliated Program with USC School of Medicine, Center for Child Development.  Dr. Bermudez was part of research teams at both Rady Children's Hospital Center for Child Health Outcomes, and at the UCSD Cancer Center. She is 3rd author on a publication in the journal, Pediatrics, titled, ""Parents’ Perceptions of Primary Care:  Measuring Parents’ Experiences of Pediatric Primary Care Quality.""  Dr. Bermudez was a consulting psychologist for the Rady Children’s Hospital, Child & Adolescent Services Research Center.  She collaborated on research to develop a clinical pathway for primary care physicians to aid in the diagnosis of ADHD.  

Dr. Bermudez has been teaching psychology courses at the undergraduate level for over 25 years. She is currently teaching at a local community college, in addition to AIU, where she is part of the Strong Workforce Faculty Institute, an organization that promotes equitable teaching practices in order to improve retention and success in disproportionately impacted college students.   Dr. Bermudez also works with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) as a facilitator teaching college professors Inclusive Practices for Equitable Learning.

Professional Interests

Dr. Bermudez’s research and clinical interests are largely quantitative and emphasize diversity. Specific areas of interest include educational psychology, positive psychology, women’s issues, health psychology, developmental psychology (young children-adolescence), and psychological interventions/program development. 

Education and Certifications
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Microcredential in Teaching:  Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning & Fostering a Culture of Belonging
  • Intellectual Assessment
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
  • G2 Consultation
  • Dissertation Proposal group
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • Ad Hoc Scientific Peer Reviewer for Journals including Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, Training and Education in Professional Psychology, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Educational Psychology, and School Psychology.