Meet the Faculty

  • Rick Holigrocki PhD

    Dean and Professor

    University of Windsor, 1996
    Higher-education, accreditation, parent-child interaction, personality assessment

  • Jamie Banker PhD, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

    Assistant Professor and Director, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MFT)

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2010
    Systems theory, systemic therapy, medical family therapy, integrated care, prenatal and postnatal depression, pregnancy counseling, training mental health clinicians and medical residents

  • Jamie D. Bedics PhD

    Assistant Professor and Director, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

    Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, 2008
    Psychotherapy process and outcome, personality disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal theory, statistics and research methods, treatment of suicidal behavior

  • Robert L Beilin PhD, MFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

    Senior Lecturer

    University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
    Family mediation, family law mental health intervention, family and couple therapy, assessment of dangerousness, law and ethics, forensic mental health, studies of isomorphic process

  • Rachel Casas PhD

    Assistant Professor

    University of Iowa, 2010
    Cultural contributions to cognition and brain development, diversity, neuropsychological assessment of cultural and linguistic minorities

  • Morris N Eagle PhD

    Distinguished Educator in Residence

    New York University, 1958
    Individual psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, couples therapy, attachment theory and research, attachment theory-based interventions

  • Michael Gerson PhD

    Associate Professor

    California Graduate Institute, 1981
    Child and adolescent therapy, psychological assessment, family and marital therapy, psychoanalysis, domestic violence, forensic psychology

  • Jenna Hess MA, MFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor


    Pepperdine University, 2004
    Family therapy, parent-child play therapy, systems theory, child and adolescent therapy, risk assessment, anxiety and mood disorders, clinical supervision

  • Mindy R. Puopolo PsyD

    Associate Professor and Director of PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology

    Pepperdine University, 1999
    Intimate partner violence, attachment theory, infant mental health, gender and sexuality, sports psychology and peace psychology.

  • Ryan N. Sharma PsyD, ABPP

    Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training

    University of Denver, 2006
    Clinical issues in adolescent and adult populations, mindfulness, clinical training, anxiety disorders, behavior therapy, racial and ethnic disparities, racial and ethnic identity development

  • Bethany Simmons PhD, LMFT-S, LPC, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

    Assistant Professor

    University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2010
    Systemic/cybernetic theory & clinical practice, resourcefulness & creativity in therapy, teaching, supervision, engaging involuntary clients, clients in crisis, suicide prevention, substance use, client satisfaction & effectiveness, the therap

  • Jennifer Twyford PhD

    Assistant Professor

    University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
    Identification and prevention of disruptive behavioral problems in children and adolescents, school and juvenile justice system response to youth's mental health needs, prevention of school violence, positive psychology

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