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Meet Our Part-Time Faculty

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Bruce Burnam, Ph.D.
Phone: (661) 904-5008
E-mail: bburnam@ca.rr.com

Education: UCLA, Educational Psychology, Ph.D.; CSLA, Educational Psychology, MA; American Graduate School of Intl Management, MBA

Teaching Interests: Educational Psychology, Children's Social and Psychological Development, Research Principles

Research Interests: Children's moral reasoning and the computer

Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments: Peace Corps Volunteer (South Korea)
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Deborah Buttitta, Psy.D.         
Phone: (818) 903-3120
E-mail:
deborah.buttitta@csun.edu
Webpage: www.deborahbuttittapsyd.com


Education: Psy.D., Psychology: Emphasis in Organizational Consulting, Phillips Graduate Institute, 2010; M.A., Marriage, Family and Child Therapy, California Family Study Center, 1992; B.A, Major: Theater Arts, California State University, Northridge, 1990; Certificate in Child and Play Therapy, Phillips Graduate Institute 1995

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California), Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Teaching Interests: Clinical Research; Theories of Counseling and Psychology; Systems Theories; Post Modern Theories; Group Counseling; Practicum/Fieldwork; Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy; Diversity and Multicultural Competency; Working with LGBTQ clients; Individual and Family Development; Professional Development; Working in schools and larger systems

Research Interests: Career development in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy; Professional behavior as a core competence in graduate education; MFT Leadership; Gay and Lesbian Families; Women in leadership, navigating family and career; Clinical supervision

Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments: Private Practice, Sherman Oaks, California
Former Positions Held:
Department Chair/Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Phillips Graduate University
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Phillips Graduate University
Program Director, School Counseling Program, Phillips Graduate University
Program Director, Child Therapy in a Clinical Setting, California Family Counseling Center
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Angela Caldwell, LMFT  

Phone: (323) 356-3571
E-mail: angela@selfinjuryinstitute.com
Professional Webpage: www.selfinjuryinstitute.com

Education: Masters of Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California)

Teaching Interests: Neuroscience, Family Systems, Assessment, Counseling Techniques

Research Interests: Rage

Additional Professional Positions: Past-President of AAMFT-CA, CAMFT Board of Directors (2009
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Martha Carr, Psy.D., LMFT  

Phone: (818) 559-7261
E-mail: martha.a.carr@gmail.com
Professional Webpage: www.mcarrmft.com

Education: Masters of Arts in Marriage, Family, Child Counseling, Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena 1991; Doctor of Psychology in Psychoanalysis, Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, Pasadena 2007; Post-Graduate Certificate from AAMFT in Family Therapy (Southern California Counseling Center)

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California); AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor; CAMFT Approved Supervisor

Teaching Interests: Practicum, Couples Counseling

Research Interests: Clinical Neuroscience, Attachment Theory
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Tessa Graham, MS, MFT, BCBA

E-mail: tessa.graham@csun.edu

Education: CSUN Educational Psychology, MFT Program

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California)
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Rena E. Jacobs, LMFT

Phone: (
310) 926-0986
E-mail:
rena@rena-jacobs.com
Professional Webpage: www.rena-jacobs.com

Education: Bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of Southern California; Master's Degree in Counseling, Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy from CSUN

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California); Education Specialist Credential - Mild to Moderate from UCLA Extension

Teaching Interests: Career Interventions, Mental Health Diagnosis, Counseling Theory
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Dr. Nadia R. Jones, Doctorate in Educational Counseling Psychology

Phone: (323) 510-1203
E-mail: nadia.jones@csun.edu
Professional Webpage: https://www.facebook.com/DrNadiaRojasJones/?ref=settings

Education: Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University; Doctorate in Educational Counseling Psychology from Argosy University.

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California)

Teaching Interests: Practicum, Theories, Child and Adolescents, Community Mental Health

Research Interests: Diversity, Communication, Parenting

Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments: Core Faculty of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Lecturer at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Supervisor with North Star Counseling Center, Private Practice.
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Carine Keenan, M.S.
Phone: (818) 912-9189
E-mail: carine.keenan@csun.edu
Professional Webpage: carinekeenanMFT.com

Education: CA Lutheran University, M.S. Counseling Psychology

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California)

Teaching Interests: Psychopharmacology and Neurobiological Foundations, Clinical Fieldwork, Diagnosis, Abnormal Psychology, Couples Therapy, Family Systems, Theories, Child and Adolescent Therapy

Research Interests: Couples, family life stages, high conflict family systems, attachment, family-based treatment for eating disorders

Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments: Private Practice, Woodland Hills; AAMFT Designated Supervisor Candidate; Certified Anger Management Specialist II (NAMA); Certified Coach for Collaborative Divorce and Dispute Resolution (LACFLA)
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Melani Kovarkizi-Natneil, PsyD, LMFT

Phone: (818) 447-4645
e-mail:
melani.kovarkizi@csun.edu

Education: Alliant International University (CSPP)

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California)

Teaching Interests: MFT theories, Practicum, Community Mental Health

Research Interests: Self of the Therapist

Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments: Team Leader at San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy California Election Committee

Recent Publications: Espinoza, S. A, & Kovarkizi, M. (2017). Resistance in couple family therapy. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers and D. Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Couple & Family Therapy. New York: Springer.
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Tricia Lethcoe, M.S.

Phone: (818) 926-8737
E-mail: tricia.lethcoe@csun.edu
Professional Webpage: tricialethcoe.com

Education: CA State Northridge, M.S. in Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California); CATC IV (Certification)

Teaching Interests: Addiction, Group Therapy, Diagnosis, Fieldwork, Practicum, Psychopharmacology and Neurobiology, Family Development

Research Interests: Addiction, Interpersonal Neurobiology
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Dorothy O’Neill, Psy.D 

Dorothy O’Neill, Psy.D  a private practice in Anaheim Hills, and works with couples and the PTSD veteran community. Her work with the vet includes working with their spouse in couple’s therapy.  Dr. O’Neill is also a presenter around the country at professional workshops on IBCT. She is certified in Integrated Behavioral Couples therapy (IBCT) and has been mentored by Dr. Andrew Christensen who is the founder of IBCT.  She has a couple’s retreat workshop using IBCT as the intervention. Dr. O’Neill is also trained by the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) in Prolonged Exposure therapy (PET).

She has presented on IBCT at Cal State Northridge University, Alliant International University and Long Beach University on many occasions She served on the board of Task Force Hero’s a nonprofit organization that helps veterans with their psychological and physical needs.

Dr. O’ Neill is the author of:  O’Neill D.D. (2017) The Rules of Engagement: Learning from Nine Couples Who Made Marriage Work. New Jersey: Bookbaby Publishers  
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Herman Rodriguez, Psy. D., LMFT

Phone: (818) 618-4844
E-mail:
herman.rodriguez@csun.edu

Education: Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Ryokan College, Los Angeles; MS Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, California State University, Northridge; BA Degree in Psychology. Minor in Chicano Studies, California State University, Northridge

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Additional Professional Positions: Private Practice, Adjunct Faculty, CA State University, Dominguez Hills
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 Mark J. Souris, Psy.D.

Phone: (818) 635-9705
E-mail: mark.souris@csun.edu

Education: Pepperdine University, Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology; Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology; University of Missouri at Saint Louis, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology

Licensure and Credentials: Clinical Psychologist; Qualified Substance Abuse Professional

Teaching Interests: Psychopathology/Abnormal Psychology; Psychodiagnostic Interviewing; Mental Health Assessment and Diagnosis; Personality Theory; Psychological Testing; Cognitive Behavioral Psychology; Personality Theory; Addiction (including Alcohol, Substance-related and Behavioral Addictions); Community Mental Health: Consultation

Research Interests: Personality Correlates of Chronic Pain Syndromes (e.g., TMJ); Type A Coronary-prone Pattern of Behavior; Clinical Supervision (Published)

Recent Publications: Li, C.I, Fairhurst, S., Chege, C., Jenks, E.H., Tsong, Y, Golden, D., White, L., Andreassen, A., Scott, S., Souris, M.J., Santiago-Schmitt, S., Hefley, A. (2016).  Card-sorting as a tool for communicating the relative importance of supervisor interventions. The Clinical Supervisor, 35(1), 80-97.
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Deanne Torvinen, M.A.

E-mail: deanne.torvinen@csun.edu

Education: CA State Northridge, Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in School Psychology

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Educational Psychologist

Teaching Interests: Child and family counseling, assessment, research

Research Interests: Assessment, counseling, inclusive education

Additional Professional Positions: School Psychologist, CHIME and WISH Charter Schools
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Alejandra Trujillo, LMFT

E-mail: alejandra.trujillo@csun.edu

Education: Master of Science, Counseling December, 2011, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, California State University, Northridge; Licensed Psychologist, January, 2005
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Teaching Interests: Community Mental Health, Family Systems, Group Counseling, Child Counseling.

Research Interests: Resilience, Trauma, Infant Mental Health, Post-Partum Depression, Attachment, Children & Families.

Additional Professional Positions: Therapist, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center
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L. David Willoughby, MA

Phone:
(323) 549-9484
E-mail: louis.willoughby@csun.edu
Professional Webpage: www.ldavidwilloughby.com

Education: Masters of Arts, Pepperdine University, 1987

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California); Registered Nurse

Teaching Interests: Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology, Chemical Dependency, Crisis, Trauma, Disaster Mental Health

Research Interests: Trauma, Disaster, Psychopharmacology

Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments: Associate Professor, Phillips Graduate University; LMFT in Private Practice

Recent Publications: Role of the psychotherapist in the medication management of mental disorders: historical perspectives and critical issues. Progress: Family Systems Research and Therapy. Fall, 2003:12, 15-23.
Additional Faculty Include:
Cyndee Bellamy, cyndee.bellamy@csun.edu
Ben Caldwell, benjamin.caldwell@csun.edu
Clovis Emblen-Scarpaci, clovis.emblen@csun.edu
Kim Goldberg-Roth, kim.goldberg-roth@csun.edu
Sue Harris, sue.harris@csun.edu
Joyce Medley, joyce.medley@csun.edu
Serina Rosenkjar, serina.rosenkjar@csun.edu
Ian Russ, ian.russ@csun.edu
Cecile Schwedes, cecile.schwedes@csun.edu
Clare Sobel, clare.sobel@csun.edu
Nicholaus Stauth, nicholas.stauth@csun.edu