Mary Read, M.D.
Board Certified Psychiatrist
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.
Rhea Holler, Psy.D.
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
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.
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.
Albert Bonfil, Psy.D.
Dr. Bonfil is a core faculty member at The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, where he teaches CBT, DBT and psychological assessment. Dr. Bonfil completed a postdoctoral fellowship Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he served as the assistant director of the CBT/DBT outpatient clinic, providing evidence-based treatments in a community mental health setting, and training graduate-level clinicians. In 2009 as an extern at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Bonfil received training in CBT, DBT, ACT, and CBASP under the supervision of Dr. Dorit Saberi, and developed as well as co-led the first Friends and Family DBT group at the hospital. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene in New York. During internship Dr. Bonfil was instrumental in developing and implementing a short-term DBT-informed treatment program for the county Partial Hospitalization Program, and he created and piloted a DBT skills training curriculum for several private chemical dependency clinics in the area. Dr. Bonfil is actively engaged in research on evidence-based assessment and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and has presented his work at the annual conferences of the Western Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Harbor UCLA Scientific Sessions on Mental Health conference.
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.
Kristen Leishman, Psy.D.
Registered Psychological Assistant to Lynn McFarr, Ph.D.
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
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.
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.
Kelly Graling, Ph.D.
Psychological Assistant to Lynn McFarr, Ph.D.
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.
David Kronemyer, M.A.
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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