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Sep 2009Present

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, (anticipated 2016)

Palo Alto University

The Ph.D. Program at PAU is deeply committed to educating well rounded clinical psychologists who are capable and competent as both researchers and clinicians. Students are taught to be science minded while appreciating the larger role of psychology in alleviating suffering in the world. This balance includes learning to value evidence-based clinical models while maintaining the responsibilities psychologists have to their community, society, and profession. An outstanding faculty of clinicians and researchers provides rigorous classroom instruction, clinical supervision, and research mentoring to help students find the right balance for them. Working within a training model best described as "practitioner-scientist," students systematically move through five years of coursework and practica to acquire Ph.D.-level competence and capability in areas of psychological theory, research, and practice. The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Our goals are:

  • To produce clinicians with the requisite clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes to successfully practice as entry Ph.D.-level clinical psychologists.
  • To produce researchers with the requisite scientific knowledge, skills, and attitudes to both consume and generate research.

  • To produce culturally competent clinical psychologists.
  • To produce clinical psychologists with the requisite knowledge, skill, and attitudes to practice professionally and ethically.

Informative Video about Palo Alto Universities Ph.D. program

Sep 2009Jun 2014

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Palo Alto University

The M.S. in Clinical Psychology program is offered as a distance learning course to obtain career opportunities in teaching, industrial psychology and research assistance.  It also can be used to bridge into the Ph.D. program.  M.S. in Clinical Psychology is achieved once a student in the Ph.D. program passes the Oral Exam indicating that they are ready for clinical practice at the APA Internship level

Oct 2004Jun 2008

Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology

University of California Davis

The psychology program at UCD is broad and includes students and faculty with a variety of interests. The department has developed five major areas of emphasis:

Perception Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology, which involves the study of awareness and thought, and includes such topics as perception, learning, memory, and consciousness; Biological Psychology, covers a broad spectrum of topics including evolutionary, neurobiological, and molecular mechanisms of behaviorr; Social-Personality Psychology, which involves the study of the individual in his or her social environment and includes such topics as personality theory, abnormal psychology, individual differences, developmental psychology, and social psychology; Developmental, which includes imaging the developing brain, children's psychological understanding or theory of mind (e.g., knowledge about people's thoughts, beliefs, desires, and emotions), children’s language development, children's social development; and Quantitative, which includes experimental design and the analysis of variance, regression analysis, and multivariate analysis.

The department offers the Bachelor of Arts program for students interested in the liberal arts and the Bachelor of Science program geared for students with an interest in either biology or mathematics. The main objective of both programs is a broad introduction to the scope of contemporary psychology. In addition to completing a number of common core courses for their degree, students may take specialty courses on such far ranging topics as sex differences, genius and creativity, and environmental awareness.

The department strongly encourages students to become involved in individual research projects under the direction of faculty members and to participate in our internship program to broaden your experiences and understanding of the field of psychology.

Research and Publications

9/2010-present Member; Culture and Ethnicity Research Group Palo Alto University, Palo Alto Supportive group of peers that collaborate to research literature in relation to diversity, minority groups and cultural competency Actively developing dissertation study with longitudinal data set from the PEW Research Center with Asian Americans, immigration generation and financial attitudes Collaborated with Asian American Studies Research Group (PAU) to actively code data at the school clinic for the first time (Kurt and Barbara Gronowski Clinic) Critique data in the development and design of new studies. Publications: DiVitale, S., Ghiya, P., Jordan, D., Montaldo, M., & Sue, S. (2012). Culturally competent or responsive care. In M. Shally-Jensen (Ed.), Mental health care issues in America: An encyclopedia (pp. 158-166). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.


Jan 2010Present

Associate Member

American Psychological Association
Jan 2010Present

Student Member

California Psychological Association
Dec 2004Jun 2008

Dean's List

University of California Davis


Carl Oddo, Ph.D.,LMFT Secondary Clinical Supervisor

Psychologist, Adolescent and Adult Chemical Dependency Services Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Telephone: (925) 295-5423 [email protected]

Cori Young, PsyD. Clinical Supervisor

Associate Director, Adolescent Chemical Dependency Services Neuropsychological Services The Permanente Medical Group 710 S. Broadway, Suite 205 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Telephone: (925) 295-5583 [email protected]

Gail Schultz, Ph.D. Clinical Supervisor

Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center 704 W. Taylor Street San Jose, CA 95126 Telephone: (408) 298-7600 Email: [email protected]

Work experience

Jul 2014Sep 2014

Psychology Trainee

East Bay Community Recovery Project

East Bay Community Recovery Project is a county funded dual diagnosis outpatient program that provides services to individuals suffering with co morbid substance abuse and addiction issues and severe mental health diagnoses.  The EBCRP Center in Oakland houses a diverse team of substance abuse specialists and mental health providers to create a structured, client centered, harm reduction program to help treat the most troubling symptoms for individuals on a daily basis.  The center provides breakfast and lunch daily for clients participating in the wellness program.

  • Psychology and Substance Abuse Treatment Trainees contribute to the treatment effort by managing a caseload of individuals in the program.
  • Trainees are responsible for running process groups and groups that provide psychoeducation for clients on Recovery and Mental Health
  • Trainees are required to track clients participation in the program and summarize using organizational and clinical writing skills at the end of each week.  This can include new client intake assessment and treatment planning

The clients served in this population are majority African American (~45%), white (40%) and Latino/other (~10%), low SES, with many clients provided public-housing assistance through EBCRP sister programs.  

Sep 2013Jun 2014

Practicum Intern Counselor

The Salvation Army Adult Men's Rehabilitation Inpatient Center

ARC-SJ is a non-profit institute that provides a comprehensive 6-month recovery program for men with comorbid mental health and substance abuse and addiction issues in a residential setting.

• Duties include managing a caseload of up to 10 male clients seen for weekly psychotherapy sessions. • Facilitate two weekly process groups. Conduct intakes upon new patient entry.

• Practicum Counselors are responsible for periodic reviews of work therapy, recovery and mental health psychoeducation, and attendance in outside community 12-step meetings

.• Client population includes court-mandated felons and volunteers (often homeless).

The “Beneficiaries”/clients served are majority Latino, some White, and a small group of Asian and Black Men (10/100).Supervisor: Dr. Gail Schultz, Licensed Psychologist

Sep 2012Aug 2013

Practicum Trainee

Kaiser Permanente Adolescent and Adult Chemical Dependency Services

Kaiser CD and Mental Health work together to provide Wrap-Around services for patients in an outpatient setting. Patients are treated with Addiction Medicine and Psychopharmalogical treatment along with CBT/DBT, Mindfulness, Behavioral Activation, Family Therapy, Group Therapy and Psychoeducation approaches with the requirement of 12-step attendance.

• Co-facilitate two teen groups, a gender group, a parent group and a multi-family group in the intensive Early Recovery Program (5-8 months).

• Deliver psychoeducational presentations to teens and families.

• Individual psychotherapy and family therapy sessions, intakes and make recommendations for the appropriate level of treatment.

• Develop curriculum for and co-lead a smoking cessation program.

• Maintain e-charting for patients using Healthconnect®

• Co-facilitate one adult, and one adult men’s group. Guide patients through mindfulness and meditation exercises.

• Use an integrative approach to utilize cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, supportive techniques and 12-step facilitation to support adult clients in early recovery

Sep 2010Jun 2011

Graduate Student Therapist

Kurt and Barbara Gronowski Psychology Clinic, Palo Alto University

Ph.D and PsyD students under the supervision of faculty and consulting advisors. Clinic established and maintained by the University to both serve the needs of the Bay Area community and develop Student Therapists.

  • Provided individual psychotherapy, conducted intake assessments, maintained patient charts
  • Utilized the DSM-IV-TR to formulate diagnoses and plan treatment. 
  • Worked with an ethnically diverse adult population. Clients presented with a variety of presentations including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, PTSD and couple, family and relationship issues. 
  • Sessions video-taped for supervision


Group Therapy Facilitator and Psychoeducation Leader
Experience at multiple treatment sites and leading/facilitating groups with different populations with varying structures: Adolescent Chemical Dependency Process Group, Adolescent Nicotine Cessation Support Group, Parent Support Group, Multi-Family Support Group, Adolescent Boy's Process Group. Adult Chemical Dependency Check-In Group (Mindfulness Exercise). Men's Chemical Dependency Process Group Men's Inpatient Weekly Support Group. Mindfulness and Meditation Group. Community Client Lead Structured Substance Abuse and Life Skills Group. Co-Facilitate Drama Therapy Group.
Intake Assessment and administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychometric measures (BDI-II, OQ-45, MMPI-2, MMPI-A, WAIS-IV, HART, PAS, Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS-v1.1) . Familiarity with Self-care Heart Failure Index [SCHFI]. Specialization and continual research with valid substance abuse measures: ASI-B, ASI-F, ADAD, ADS ASI-B ASI-F Addiction Severity Index, 5th Ed. - Baseline Addiction Severity Index, 5th Ed. - Follow-Up ASI-Lite Addiction Severity Index - Lite ADAD Adolescent Drug Abuse Diagnosis ADS Alcohol Dependence Scale AEQAlcohol Expectancy Questionnaire ASSIST Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test AAI Alcoholics Anonymous Involvement Scale . CIWA-Ar Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol, Revised DAST Drug Abuse Screening Test 10. DAI Drug Attitude Inventory 11. MAC / MAC-R MacAndrew Alcoholism Scale 12. NIAAA Alcohol Consumption Questions 13. OCDS Obsessive-Compulsive Drinking Scale 14. RBS Risk Behavior Survey 15. SCID Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM 16. SASSI Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory [more]