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May 2000Present

Associate of Arts, Social Science with Honors

Sacramento City College
Sep 2009Jun 2012

Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, Health Psychology Emphasis, MFT with Honors

Santa Clara University
Mar 2005

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Minor, Art Studio

University of California, Davis

Work experience

Jun 2008Present

Research Study Coordinator

University of California, Davis MIND Institute
  • Collaborate with study personnel and statistical team members to determine list of potential study participants
  • Prescreen subjects to determine subject eligibility
  • Manage recruitment and scheduling of study participants and communicate scheduling events to appropriate project members
  • Input study participants in subject tracking system (STS)
  • Review and obtain informed consent from participants
  • Measure and record vitals of participants
  • Assist phlebotomist during blood draws
  • Distribute copy of fMRI scan reports to appropriate medical health providers using Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
  • Knowledge and proficiency using Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
  • Assist in the development and distribution of study resource materials
  • Arrange and submit hotel reservations
  • Calculate and disburse study compensation
  • Record and maintain tracking logs for study compensation, hotel reservations, meal, and parking vouchers
  • Calculate and disburse study compensation. 
  • Record and maintain tracking logs for study compensation, hotel reservations, meal, and parking vouchers.
Jan 2013Jun 2013

Wraparound Clinician

Seneca Family of Agencies
  • Meet with client's and caregivers on a weekly basis to further treatment goals, develop Child and Family teams for the purpose of treatment planning and support
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with community members and providers
  • Coordinate and implement overall treatment and services for assigned client's
  • Provide assistance in case planning and consultation to team members on clinical issues, as well as casework issues
  • Intervene with the client's behavior management programs
  • Chart mental health notes, treatment plans, outcome measures, incident reports and other documentation accurately
  • Participate in crisis response system
  • Participate in weekly individual and group supervision
Jan 2011Jun 2012

Marriage and Family Therapist, Trainee

The Effort, Inc.
  • Provide direct outpatient therapy services to children and adolescents
  • Conduct initial intake interviews
  • Assess for mental health disorders, substance abuse/use/dependence, and suicide risk
  • Provide clinical diagnoses using the DSM-IV TR diagnostic criteria
  • Utilize age appropriate therapeutic interventions
  • Consult and confer with caregiver(s) involved in client care as appropriate by providing psycho-education
  • Develop personalized treatment plans to delineate strengths, deficits, high risk psychosocial and cultural needs
  • Refer clients for psychological and psychiatrtic assessments as appropriate
  • Maintain accurate and current client records, using approved forms and formats
  • Document all assessments, treatment plans, interventions, and client/family involvement using the Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPDST) chart documentation
  • Complete and submit all required client billing forms accurately and in a timely manner
  • Report child, elder, and dependent abuse as appropriate
  • Attend weekly clinical supervision meetings under the direction of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Jul 2006Jun 2008

Administrative Assistant III

University of California, Davis Medical Center
  • Process legal/medical release of information requests in accordance to the HIPAA laws using Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
  • Respond to patient inquiries regarding medical record requests
  • Advise patients of their rights and of UCDHS practices and policies of proper release of medical information
  • Abstract medical record information from patient medical charts
  • Appear independently in court depositions and arbitrations to testify on record as to the medical record certification, authentication, and content retention
  • Prepare and reconcile weekly bank deposit
  • Act as back up Birth Certificate Clerk
Oct 2004Dec 2007

Program Services Counselor

Engle House
  • Complete charting requirements as established by facility policies, Title 9, Title 22, and other relevant regulations
  • Provide behavioral observation and documentation
  • Conduct individual and crisis counseling sessions consistent with the behavior analytic approach
  • Medication administration
  • Treatment group facilitation
  • Supervise and assist clients in adult daily living skills
  • Develop appropriate interventions and objectives based on the assessed needs of the client
  • Takes the initiative to resolve client concerns or confirm that the appropriate party resolves the concerns
  • Make referrals to the approprate party for clients needs
  • Establish relationships with county treatment offices
Mar 2005Jul 2006

Junior Research Specialist

University of California, Davis Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry
  • Recruit study participants from various community mental health clinics to participate in a general health survey
  • Explain and obtain informed consent from participants
  • Abstract data from medical record charts
  • Prepare and submit documentation for review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for renewals and modifications of study
  • Maintain study data and regulatory documents
  • Develop and ensure compliance with study protocol
  • Assist Assistant Clinical Professor in reviewing and editing textbook chapters for publication
Jan 2004Jan 2005

Research Assistant

University of California, Davis, Department of Psychology
  • Recruit undergraduate students to participate in a functional fMRI study
  • Explain and obtain informed consent from participants
  • Conduct computerized experiments
  • Administer and code questionnaires
  • Code and record results from the fMRI
  • Collect saliva samples from participants to examine cortisol levels
  • Set up schedules for available experiments and assign credit or penalty options using the Experimetrix campus program
  • Assist Postdoctoral Fellow in preparing and submitting documentation for review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for renewals and modifications of study

Certifications and Training

  • Certificate of Completion for Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) online training course, July 2013
  • Certificate of Completion for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) online training course (University of California, Davis), July 2013
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Intern Registration #72269 (Board of Behavioral Sciences), August 2012
  • Certificate of Completion for Sacramento Psychosocial Options for Rehabilitation Training (SACPORT), May 2005
  • Certificate of National Service as an AmeriCorps Member, Jan 2005
  • Certificate of Achievement for Completing 200 Hours of Service (Suicide Prevention Center), Feb 2003
  • Certificate of Recognition for Training as a Teaching Assistant (Suicide Prevention Center),  Feb 2003
  • Human Participants Protection Education for Research Teams Training (National Institute of Health), March 2005
  • Institutional Review Board New Submitter's Orientation Training, June 2005

Professional Affiliations

Alumni, Santa Clara University, June 2012 to the present.

Psi Chi the International Honor Society in Psychology Jan 2010 to the present.

Alumni, University of California, Davis, Mar 2005 to the present.

Alumni, Sacramento City College, May 2000 to the present.


Maria Wheeler, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

The Effort

6015 Watt Avenue, Suite 2

North Highlands, CA. 95660

(916) 204-2073

Andrea Urton-Hayward, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

Alum Rock Counseling Center

1245 East Santa Clara Street

San Jose, CA. 95116

(408) 396-2360

Lou Ann Barnett, Ph.D

Project Manager

UC Davis MIND Institute

2825 50th Street

Sacramento, CA. 95817

(916) 267-1417

Hollie Ivory-Jones

Program Director

Engle House

4741 Engle Road

Carmichael, CA. 95608

(916) 483-8424

Richard Bermudes, M.D.


Mindful Health Solutions

1020 Suncast Lane #108

El Dorado Hills, CA. 95762

(916) 932-0380

Omri Gillath, Ph.D

Professor of Psychology

University of Kansas

1415 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm. #518

Lawrence, KS. 66045-7556

(785) 864-1772

Publications and Presentations

  • Gillath, O., Bunge, S.A., Shaver, P.R., Wendelken, C., Mikulincer, M., (2005). Attachment-style differences in the ability to suppress negative thoughts: Exploring the neural correlates. NeuroImage (Special Issue - Social Cognitive Neuroscience), 28, 835-847. *References name as assisting with the data collection and analysis.
  • Conducted a Powerpoint presentation in the Fall of 2005 for Dr. Karin Nilsson's course in "Introduction to Clinical Psychology" at the University of California, Davis.  Discussed different job opportunities within the mental health field after obtaining an undergraduate degree in Psychology.  Reviewed my position as a Program Services Counselor at Engle House and described my job description, salary, requirements, and education and special training needed.

Honors and Distinctions

Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, January 2010

Research Study Coordinator Award, September 2009

"Caught in the Act of Kindness" Award for Staff/Client Recognition (Engle House), May 2005

The National Dean's List Recipient for 2002-2003

National Talent Roster Recipient for Outstanding Transfer Student for 2002-2003

The National Scholars Honor Society Recipient for 2002

The National Dean's List Recipient for 2001-2002

National Talent Roster Recipient for Outstanding Transfer Student for 2001-2002

Volunteer/Academic Service

      University of California, Davis

  • Treasurer (Undergraduate Psychology Association) Sept 2004 - May 2005

       University of California, Davis

  • Student Leader (Catholic Newman Center) Feb 2003 - Jan 2004

      Suicide Prevention Center, Sacramento, CA.

  • Crisis Counselor/Training Assistant Jun 2001 - Jun 2004


  • Experience working in community, educational, and medical office settings
  • Strong collaborator with others at all levels including patrons, patients, professionals, children, adolescents, families, and students
  • Positive interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities
  • Customer service focused
  • Office support skills and computer proficient


Seeking a position in a mental health agency or community setting that would allow me to provide high quality, culturally relevant mental health services, while collecting my hours toward my BBS licensure.