Mary Read, M.D.
Board Certified Psychiatrist
Julie Fielder Orris, Psy.D.
Clinical Director- Orange County
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
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.
Dr. Kelly Graling is the training director, director of adolescent DBT in Beverly Hills, and a full-time therapist at 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 conducts local and international trainings on DBT and other empirically supported treatments. Dr. Graling currently supervises graduate students in DBT at the UCLA Psychology Clinic. 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 CBT California. 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.
Jessica Schneider, Psy.D.
Dr. Jessica Schneider is a licensed clinical psychologist at CBT California—Beverly Hills and Orange County offices. She completed her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. Throughout her supervised clinical work over the last 7 years, Dr. Schneider has treated adolescents and adults with chronic mental illness, including mood and behavior dysregulation, utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Schneider’s research foci have been in the efficacy of school based treatment in helping adolescent females cope with and confront the effects of relational aggression, helping HIV affected and infected individuals cope with the effects of the virus on the individual and family, and identifying the efficacy of different treatment modalities on therapeutic and relational change. In addition, Dr. Schneider completed her APA-accredited internship and two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Casa Pacifica Center for Children and Families residential programs. During her fellowship, she was intensively trained by Dr. Alan Fruzetti and became the lead consultant for the DBT team focused on treating adolescent girls in residential treatment. In addition, she trained front line staff in DBT skills coaching to help patients generalize their effective use of skills and new behaviors to their natural environment.
Kristen Leishman, Psy.D.
Dr. Kristen Leishman is a DBT-trained psychologist at CBT California providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis of System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) to individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Leishman completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University and a two-year APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where she worked with individuals with chronic mental illness including mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. She completed her APA-accredited internship at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Virginia. There, she provided evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Seeking Safety at a Level-1 trauma center. Dr. Leishman has worked with a number of varied populations across settings, including adults and adolescents at community mental health, veteran medical centers, university counseling, inpatient and medical units, and residential treatment centers. Dr. Leishman has developed a specialized interest in the identification and treatment of complex traumatic stress disorders, as well as on-going provision and support of the dissemination of evidenced-based trauma treatments.
Nicholas Barr, MSW
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
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.
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.
Nanci Argueta, Ph.D.
Psychological Assistant to Lynn McFarr, Ph.D.
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.
Urmi Patel, Psy.D.
Urmi N. Patel is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in the State of California. She joined the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in 2009 after a decade of providing direct clinical services to the adult population dealing with serious and persistent mental illness in the outpatient, residential, in-patient and community college setting. Dr. Patel is currently a Supervising Psychologist working directly under the Deputy Director of Adult System of Care (ASOC). She is the Adult Lead for the implementation of the Adult Prevention and Early Intervention programs and Adult Evidence-based Practices (including Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Crisis Oriented Recovery Services) in addition to oversees the Adult Mental Health First Aid training program, the Partners in Suicide Prevention program and the Adult Stigma and Discrimination training and education program. Dr. Patel is a national certified trainer of the Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk module developed by the American Association of Suicidology. She has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California and a Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. Dr. Patel provides CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and IPT and is interested in treating adults dealing with life transition issues, interpersonal conflicts, eating disorders, grief/loss, trauma, and marital issues.
Rachel Higer, Ph.D.
Psychological Assistant to Julie Snyder, Psy.D.
Dr. Rachel Higier is a Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and CBT California. Dr. Higier has completed several years of training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP). She also teaches and supervises graduate-level clinicians at Harbor-UCLA on the most current evidence-based therapies. Dr. Higier completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at University of California, Los Angeles where she studied the biological bases of severe mental illness with a focus on transdiagnostic research. She also completed an APA-accredited clinical internship at Weill Cornell Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City where she gained expertise in CBT for mood and anxiety disorders and personality disorders. Dr. Higier has presented her research at multiple international conferences and published several papers on the etiology of severe mental illness. Her current clinical and research interests include emotion dysregulation in borderline personality disorder.
Lisa Benson, Ph.D.
Psychological Assistant to Julie Snyder, Psy.D.
Dr. Lisa Benson completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Having trained at UCLA with the developer of Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), she has a strong interest in working with couples, especially those affected by anxiety and trauma. During her graduate work and her APA-accredited internship at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, she also developed expertise in individual and group therapy, particularly trauma-focused treatments such as Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She has multiple years of training and experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP). Dr. Benson is a Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and CBT California, where she provides CBT, DBT, ACT, and CBASP in addition to supervising and teaching graduate-level clinicians and psychiatry residents in evidence-based therapies. Dr. Benson's research interests include barriers to implementation of evidence-based practice, online treatment and other applications of technology to mental health, and acceptance-based treatment for relationships in which one partner has generalized anxiety disorder. She has received grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and regularly presents her research at national and international conferences.
Brittany Hall, Ph.D.
Psychological Assistant to Julie Snyder, Psy.D.
Brittany Hall, Ph.D., is postdoctoral fellow at Harbor UCLA where her responsibilities include providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to underserved populations and CBT dissemination. Dr. Hall graduated from Seattle Pacific University in Washington where her training focused on using evidence-based practice with underserved populations in the community, prisons, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. She completed her predoctoral internship with the Federal Bureau of Prisons at Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. Her internship training focused on harnessing the therapeutic relationship to effectively utilize behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions with individuals presenting with acute mental health problems, severe and persistent mental illness, and personality disorders. Dr. Hall adheres to the Local Clinical Scientist model, which considers an individual’s unique attributes, culture, and environment when applying empirically supported principles to reduce distress and increase meaning in life.
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.
Lydia Hansell, M.A.
Graduate Extern Clinician
Lydia Hansell, M.A., is a graduate extern at CBT California. She is currently pursuing her Psy.D. at Pepperdine University. Prior to CBT California, Lydia received graduate training at the West Los Angeles Veterans’ Administration, the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles, and at the Pepperdine University community clinic. Prior to her doctoral program, Lydia earned an M.A. in International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a focus on national security issues and worked as a research assistant at the RAND Corporation. A study on psychological resilience in military service members inspired her to join the field of clinical psychology.
Katya Naman, M.A.
Katya Naman received her undergraduate degree in Psychology (B.A.) and Fine Arts (B.A.) from Dickinson College, a Master’s Degree (M.A.) in psychology at Pepperdine University and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from American University. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Pepperdine University. Ms. Naman was a part of the research team at Harbor UCLA Medical Center for two years. She also volunteered at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services as a crisis counselor and is a research, teaching and graduate assistant at Pepperdine University.
Daniel Ravid, B.A.
Daniel Ravid grew up in Long Beach and received Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Law & Society from the University of California, San Diego. As an undergrad he worked in Dr. Laura Schreibman's Autism Research Laboratory. After graduating he spent three years working as a behavioral therapist with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. After spending a year in Law school at UCLA, he decided that he wanted to pursue a career in psychology. He plans to return to school eventually to pursue a graduate degree in behavioral psychology.
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