CBT California

A Center for Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapies
A Center for Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapies
Who We Are
Lynn McFarr, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Licensed Psychologist


Dr. McFarr (right) presenting at the Harbor-UCLA Scientific Sessions on Mental Health, January 2013.

Dr. Lynn McFarr is the Director of the Cognitive Behavioral/Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic, Interim Training Director, and Interim Chief of Psychology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is also a Professor of Health Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry for the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Director of CBT California (CBTC). Dr. McFarr received her Ph.D. from New York University (NYU) in clinical psychology and trained as a cognitive behavioral therapist under Dr. Robert Leahy at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City. She completed her internship at the Sepulveda VA and her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. McFarr is an award winning trainer of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and psychiatric nurses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies including DBT, CBASP, and ACT . She has twice been acknowledged as Teacher of the Year for the Department of Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA and has also received Psychologist of the Year from the LA County Department of Mental Health. She lectures for major universities and regularly presents at national and international conferences. Dr. McFarr is a Beck Scholar and is on the executive board for both the
Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and The International Association for Cognitive Therapy (IACP). She founded the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Society of Southern California as well as the listserves for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and CBASP. Dr. McFarr was the senior editor of Cognitive Therapy  for eight years. Dr. McFarr conducts research on supervision, training and adherence in CBT, DBT, CBASP and ACT as well as studies on Therapy Interfering Behaviors and Secondary Targets in DBT. She is a member of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Strategic Planning Meeting, a consortium of international DBT researchers, and is the Chair of the annual meeting of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT) for 2014-2015.  She is published in the areas of CBT for schizophrenia, medication compliance and adult friendships issues as well as papers on DBT processes and the development of model curricula for training doctoral students in CBT. Dr. McFarr was intensively trained in DBT in 2000 and 2010 and CBASP in 2007. 

Mary Read, M.D.
Medical Director
Board Certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Mary Read is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and in addition to serving as the Medical Director of CBTC, she is also the Medical Director of the adult outpatient psychiatry clinic at Harbor-UCLA. Dr. Read received her medical degree from the University of Kansas and completed her internship and residency training in psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA. She has been trained in CBT, DBT, ACT, and CBASP.

Julie Fielder Orris, Psy.D.
Clinical Director- Orange County
Licensed Psychologist
PSY 24386

Dr. Orris completed her MSW at Boston College and her PsyD at Azusa Pacific University. She has over 15 years of experience treating adolescents and adults with Eating Disorders and commonly co-occurring disorders in a variety of settings. In addition, Dr. Orris has been an invited speaker on the topic of Eating Disorders in high schools, universities, and treatment centers in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas. Her research efforts have focused on child trafficking and prostitution in India, where she worked as a consultant to agencies caring for victims. Dr. Orris completed her internship and two year postdoctoral fellowship at Casa Pacifica Center for Children and Families where she developed and implemented the Dialectical Behavior Therapy program. She was intensively trained by Dr. Alan Fruzzetti and under his guidance became the lead consultant and trainer for the agency. 

Julie Snyder, Psy.D.
Clinical Director, Beverly Hills and Long Beach
Licensed Psychologist
PSY 26295

Dr. Julie Snyder is the Clinical Director of CBT California, where she provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) to clients with chronic mental illness, including mood and personality disorders.  Dr. Snyder completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University and an APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  Completing an APA-Accredited internship at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California, she worked with individuals involuntarily psychiatrically committed as well as individuals ruled as Incompetent to Stand Trial, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, and Mentally Disordered Offenders.  Dr. Snyder has been providing treatment under supervision for individuals in various settings for the last 10 years, working as an anger management consultant, as a program therapist at a licensed group home for adolescents, educational coordinator, and as a clinician at an outpatient methadone maintenance clinic. She also received graduate training in substance abuse treatment at Hazelden, Chicago and at Harbor-UCLA's Dual Diagnosis Unit.  Dr. Snyder's research interests include: factors related to abstinence among heroin users, the role of gender in BPD presentation, model-adherent CBT supervision, and ethical dilemmas.

Ulises Ramirez, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mr. Ramirez (left) presenting at the Harbor-UCLA Scientific Sessions on Mental Health, January 2013.

Ulises Ramirez, LCSW received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters in Social Welfare (MSW) from UCLA.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) and was also certified as a Cognitive Therapist by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for a national study on depression.  He is on the faculty of UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs where he serves as a clinical instructor of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Department of Social Welfare. He is the Director of Social Work Training and a Clinical Social Work Supervisor at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Mr. Ramirez was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in 2000 and is one of the founding clinicians of the Spanish-speaking DBT Program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  He was also intensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) by Dr. James P. McCullough in 2007 and has received extensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Mr. Ramirez is currently in the process of becoming certified in Prolonged Exposure (PE), a treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Mr. Ramirez has performed training workshops and presentations on CBT and DBT with the Latino population, including at the Latino Behavioral Health Institute (LBHI).

Jamie D. Bedics, Ph.D.

Director of Research
Licensed Psychologist
PSY 24139

Dr. Jamie Bedics is a psychologist and supervisor at CBT California – Beverly Hills.  He received his B.A. in psychology from Penn State University, his M.S. in clinical psychology from the University of Utah, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA.  He completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the DBT Center of Seattle where he was trained and supervised by the leading experts and trainers in DBT.  Over the past four years he has participated in research with the treatment developer, Dr. Marsha Linehan, at the University of Washington where he examined the role of the therapeutic relationship and self-concept change during DBT.  In collaboration with Dr. Linehan, his current research interest involves the evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based clinical practices, including DBT, during graduate training.  Dr. Bedics is also an assistant professor and director of the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology program at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA, and member of the DBT Clinic at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA.

Sandra McClelland, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sandra McClelland, LCSW has over 25 years of experience in social work and psychotherapy and has specialized in individual and group Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for the last 15 years. She is a founding member of the CBT clinic at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and has taught psychologists, social workers, physicians and nurses through Harbor-UCLA’s CBT Outreach Program. She is intensively trained in and supervises in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Standard Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Anxiety Disorders (CBT) and Prolonged Exposure for Post Traumatic Distress Disorder (PE).  Ms. McLelland received her BA in Social Work from Cal Poly Pomona and her Master of Social Work from Cal State Long Beach.  Her clinical interests are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Depression, CBT and DBT for Eating Disorders, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Psychosis and Bipolar I Disorders.

Wendy Chan, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
PSY 24644

Dr. Chan is the Co-Director of the Friends and Family program.She completed her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California and completed her internship at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina. Dr. Chan also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Patton State Hospital and a clinical fellowship at CBTC. She continues to apply third-wave behavior therapies in individual treatment, group therapy, clinical supervision, and agency/staff trainings.She is currently on staff at Patton State Hospital as well as CBTC. Dr. Chan received extensive CBT, DBT, and CBASP training early in her graduate career at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, under the supervision of Dr. Lynn McFarr (Beck Scholar). She was intensively trained in CBASP by Dr. James P. McCullough in 2007. Her current research interests include applying emotion regulation skills in correctional environments, effective treatment for antisocial personality disorder, reducing violence in populations with severe mental illness, and the effective application of cognitive behavior therapies in real-world settings.

Rhea Holler, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
PSY 24896

Dr. Holler is a licensed staff psychologist at CBT California and Director of the DBT-ACES program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) while completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Adult Outpatient Clinic in Torrance, California. She continues to provide DBT treatment to adult clients in both private practice and public mental health settings throughout Los Angeles County.  Dr. Holler currently trains nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists in empirically-based treatment methods, including DBT and other Cognitive Behavior Therapies. She was also appointed adjunct faculty at the Azusa Pacific University Department of Graduate Psychology, teaching doctoral students the most current evidence-based therapy methods. Dr. Holler is particularly interested in treating the intersection of trauma, spirituality, and compulsive behavior problems for adults seeking recovery.

Lauren Jackson, Psy.D.
                                                           Director- Trauma Services                                                                     
Licensed Psychologist
PSY 25113

Dr. Jackson is the Director of Trauma Services at Harbor UCLA Medical Center’s Adult CBT/ DBT Clinic as well as the Director of Trauma Services for CBT California. She is a Harbor UCLA Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Coordinator and one of the Lead Supervisors in the roll out of Prolonged Exposure for PTSD across the Department of Mental Health for Los Angeles. Dr. Jackson completed her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University where she studied moral injury and health-related consequences of PTSD in veterans. She completed her internship at the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina and her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Jackson trains psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies including DBT, CBASP, and ACT. She has received focused training in the use of group and individual treatment approaches for PTSD including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), DBT, and Dr. Marylene Cloitre’s model for treating survivors of childhood abuse. Dr. Jackson has presented at multiple international conferences including the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). Currently, she is a member of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Strategic Planning Meeting, a consortium of international DBT researchers and is involved on ongoing research at Harbor UCLA looking at subtypes of Borderline Personality Disorder and Therapy Interfering Behaviors in DBT. Dr. Jackson was intensively trained in DBT in 2010 and CBASP in 2007.

Kristen Leishman, Psy.D.
Assistant Director
Postdoctoral Fellow
Registered Psychological Assistant to Lynn McFarr, Ph.D. 
PSB 37111

Dr. Kristen Leishman completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. She completed her internship at Richmond VA Medical Center in Virginia.  As an intern, she received focused training in evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She received trauma-focused training for patients with dual diagnosis in Seeking Safety and those with traumatic stress disorders by providing Prolonged Exposure (PE) treatment. As an extern at Pepperdine Community Counseling Center, she trained in Trauma-Focused CBT (TFCBT) and practiced providing therapy to adolescents.  Her research interests include complex traumatic stress, personality disorder, and trans-diagnostic treatment in the returning veteran population.  

Nicholas Barr, MSW
Social Worker

Nicholas Barr received his BA in comparative religion at Columbia University, and studied mindfulness practice and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, India. After returning from a Princeton in Asia fellowship in education and capacity building in Laos, he received his MSW at UCLA.  He completed his internships at the West Los Angeles VA psychiatric inpatient unit and Harbor UCLA Medical Center's Adult Outpatient Psychiatry clinic , and has been extensively trained in cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy for borderline personality disorder, and prolonged exposure for post - traumatic stress disorder.  He provides evidence based treatments to clients at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, and serves as a co-instructor for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Advances in Cognitive Therapies course for clinicians. He is working towards his PhD in Social Welfare at USC.  His research interests include the use of mindfulness based interventions in therapy and dissemination of evidence based practices in community mental health settings.

Nanci Argueta, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Psychological Assistant to Lynn McFarr, Ph.D.
PSB 37708

Dr. Nanci Argueta completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. Completing an APA-accredited internship at the Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Clinic (Downtown LA VA), she performed individual, group, and couples treatment, in addition to psychodiagnostic assessments. Clinically, Dr. Argueta has previously worked as a clinician at a specialty OCD clinic, as a psychometrician for juvenile detainees and adults, a therapist at an outpatient teaching hospital, as a child and family therapist at a nonprofit outpatient clinic, and providing didactic training and direct supervision to graduate-level clinicians in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She has provided individual and group therapy, as well as psychodiagnostic assessments in Spanish. She has also taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Argueta is a Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and CBT California, where she provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) to clients. In addition, Dr. Argueta provides supervision and instruction in the most current evidence-based therapies to graduate-level clinicians and psychiatry residents at Harbor-UCLA. Dr. Argueta's research interests include: developing interventions for improving Latino student retention rates at Predominantly White Universities, examining the role of violence and drugs on Mexican-American border families, and examining the role of college-generation status on self-efficacy and college adjustment. 

Kelly Graling, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Psychological Assistant to Lynn McFarr, Ph.D.
PSB 37763

Dr. Kelly Graling is a Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and CBT California.  Dr. Graling has had several years of training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for both adults and adolescents, which is a clinical and research interest of hers.  She also provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) to individuals. In addition, Dr. Graling provides supervision and instruction to graduate-level clinicians at Harbor UCLA. Dr. Graling completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She also completed an APA accredited internship at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, gaining expertise in CBT, severe mental illness, and substance use disorders. During internship, Dr. Graling was further trained in adult and adolescent DBT with Alec Miller, Psy.D. Dr. Graling also completed a training externship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, where she received in-depth training in CBT for psychosis and DBT. Dr. Graling's research interests include: emotion regulation and interpersonal functioning in borderline personality disorder, adolescent development, and gender and sexuality.

Scott Waltman, Psy.D.
Psychological Assistant to Julie Orris, Psy.D.
PSB 94020261

Scott Waltman, PsyD, MAC, graduated from Pacific University in Oregon where his training focused on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for anxiety, addiction, relational problems, and personality disorders. Dr. Waltman has experience working with severe and persistent mental illness in inpatient settings, and has completed his predoctoral internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, Colorado; there he worked on the Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Unit where he received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and CBT. Clinically, Dr. Waltman strives to flexibly and compassionately apply cognitive and behavioral interventions to help people overcome the barriers in their life, in order to facilitate building a meaningful life that is guided by passion and values. In addition to working with adults and couples, Dr. Waltman has experience working with adolescents with extreme emotional, behavioral, and legal problems. He also has conducted research on using DBT with adolescents.  Dr. Waltman is also a dual-diagnosis counselor who is certified as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) by the NADAAC. Aside from his work at CBT California, Dr. Waltman is postdoctoral fellow at Harbor UCLA Medical center where his responsibilities include providing CBT and DBT to underserved population and CBT dissemination. There he works as a CBT trainer and consultant for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Dr. Waltman’s research Interests include the training of future clinicians, improving local practice, and CBT dissemination. 

Wendy Morgan, MA

Registered MFT Intern 79927

Supervisor: Julie Orris, Psy.D.


Wendy Morgan, MA had a long career in marketing and public relations before pursing her dream of becoming a clinician and researcher. Wendy is intensively trained in DBT by Practice Ground and has been intensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at CBTC. Wendy is a published author on CBT in The Behavior Therapist. She is on the Public Domain Committee of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy and the Program Committee of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT). She is also on the Membership Committee of the CBT Society of Southern California (CBTSSC). She served on the Program Committee for the Scientific Sessions in Mental Health at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where she is actively involved in research on CBT and DBT. Her research interests include the impact of CBT supervision on treatment adherence and patient outcomes.  Wendy will present data from these studies at the International Congress on Cognitive Psychotherapy in Hong Kong, as well as at ISITDBT, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy's Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Since Wendy lived abroad for many years, she has an appreciation for people from multiple cultures. Her clinical interests include DBT with adolescents and adults, mindfulness, and CBT for depression, anxiety, attachment and relationship issues. She received her BA in psychology at Cal State Northridge and her MA in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles.

David Kronemyer, MA
Psychology Extern

David Kronemyer is a 4th year extern at CBT California. He completed his 3rd year externship at the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic, where he still is a researcher. He also works at BHC Alhambra, an acute care inpatient psychiatric hospital. He received his B.A. in cognitive science from U.C. Berkeley and his M.A. in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. He is currently in the doctoral program at Alliant University. His theoretical orientation and training are CBT/DBT. His research interests include use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for persons who are severely depressed; the logic of belief change using computational non-linear dynamical psychiatry; and the role of intention and attention in activating and reorienting the brain’s default mode network and allocating cognitive, emotional and behavioral resources. 

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