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Accolades for our Alumni

As of April 8, 2012, our twelve successful  graduates are licensed psychologists, registered psychologists, psychological assistants, or postdoctoral fellows!

Felizon C. Vidad, PsyD, ‘09, attained licensure as a psychologist in November 2011! She is currently employed as a staff psychologist at the California Men’s Colony State Prison in San Luis Obispo.

C. Scott Musgrove, PsyD, ‘09, attained his psychology license in June 2011. After graduation he began  his employment as a staff psychologist at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility of Corcoran State Prison, California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

Jaimie C. Orndorff, PsyD, ’10,  became a licensed psychologist in February 2012, and accepted a position in North Carolina, where she moved after completing her psychological assistantship. She accepted full time employment in the behavioral health department at the Epilepsy Institute.

Patti Tackett, PsyD, ‘11, is working in her psychological assistantship after completing her predoctoral internship at the Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services, Juvenile Justice Section.

Ryan M. Smith, PsyD, ’10, became a registered psychologist in December 2010. He was previously a psychological assistant and has been engaged in postdoctoral training at CALM in Santa Barbara.

Betsy Bates Freed, PsyD, ’11,  is currently working as a psychological assistant after engaging in postdoctoral work at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where she interned for a year. Dr. Freed is aso serving as the secretary of the local Santa Barbara County Psychological Association.

Katherine Burrelsman, PsyD, ’09, has been working as a psychological assistant since 2009 and is also employed at Cottage Hospital. She passed the EPPP in January 2012. Congratulations to Katherine!

Manuel Tajon, PsyD, ’09, completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the summer of 2010 and accepted a full-time position as a psychologist/clinician at the Behavioral Health Network in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Christopher Howard, PsyD, ’10, is a psychological assistant and is working on his second professional publication on neuroimaging and psychotherapy mechanisms of change for addictive behaviors. His first publication was in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. In July, Dr. Howard taught a 6 unit continuing education course on “The Archeology of Trauma and Redemption” for MFTs.

Lynn Wierdsma, PsyD, ’11, accepted a full time position at Clallam Bay Corrections Center in Washington as a staff psychologist.  She is working in the Intensive Treatment Program, part of a step-down program designed to reduce the security level of inmates in solitary confinement and the maximum security units. This program integrates restorative justice elements and focuses primarily on socialization and cognitive restructuring. In 2011, she submitted an application to the Psychology Licensure Unit at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The outcome was that our doctoral program was deemed to meet APA equivalency criteria for licensure in that state!

Dawn E. Montgomery, PsyD, ’11, accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in summer 2011, at the Kapi‘olani Child Protection Center in Hawai‘i. In May 2011, Dr. Montgomery spoke at the National Foster Care Month Prayer Breakfast about foster parenting. She presented the Secure Base Model of Caregiving and the five dimensions that promote secure attachment and family membership.

Yvonne Hart, PsyD, ’10, completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Las Vegas and is currently a psychological assistant in Nevada. Yvonne is currently writing a book based on her dissertation research: Grief and Meaning for Fathers with Infants Diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease. She intends to be licensed by the end of summer 2012.

California Psychology Licensing Law requires all applicants to pass the national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and the California Psychology Supplemental Examination (CPSE). The EPPP is a 225 multiple-choice question computer administered examination owned by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). The CPSE consists of 100 questions plus 25 nonscored pretest questions. The CPSE is developed by the California Board of Psychology through the Office of Professional Examination Service of the Department of Consumer Affairs. Applicants take the CPSE once they’ve obtained a qualifying doctorate degree, completed all 3000 hours of supervised professional experience (SPE), and passed the EPPP.

Congratulations to all of our Alumni!

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