New Faces

Welcome To New Faculty and Staff

Stephanie Holland, MA, our PsyD Program Coordinator, earned her master’s degree from AULA in clinical psychology, and joined us full time in September 2011. She has worked at Antioch University Santa Barbara since 2005, and has implemented efficient systems in several departments on campus. Her exceptional experience, compassion, and humor are great gifts to the program. Stephanie is also a Reiki Master.


Sharleen O’Brien Dolan, PsyD, licensed psychologist, earned her doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. O’Brien Dolan’s interests include integration of eastern and western approaches to healing and the study of psychology, clinical supervision, creativity, psychology and film, women in leadership, and workplace culture.



Alfredo Bimbela, PhD, licensed psychologist, earned his doctoral degree from UCSB. He is the Chief Mental Health Officer at Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. Dr. Bimbela is also a nationally certified family nurse practitioner and holds prescription privileges. He provides behavioral health treatment in English and Spanish.


Charles Dugan, PhD, earned his masters and doctoral degrees in experimental psychology from UCSB. His research interests included human reasoning, problem solving, artificial intelligence, educational psychology, and human-computer interaction. Other interest areas include: research methods and statistics, social psychology, cooperative behavior, peace psychology, developmental psychology, and the influence of computers and technology on society.

Melissa Gondek, PhD, licensed psychologist,  earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She began a 25-year career as a school psychologist and worked with children of all ages, including infants. As part of a multidisciplinary team she regularly conducted  psychoeducational evaluations and developed Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Accommodation Plans for identified students in elementary, middle, and high school settings.

Jantje Groot, MD, received his medical degree from UC Irvine and is board certified in  psychiatry. Dr. Groot finds the field of psychiatry appealing in that it asks philosophical, spiritual, emotional, and existential questions-questions that remain unanswered today. Dr. Groot is a strong supporter of programs such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).



Linda Holder, PhD, earned her doctorate from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Holder is a career educator with a range of academic and clinical experiences. Notably, she developed a youth retreat program, Peace Day Camp. This day camp provided participants opportunities to explore issues of social justice and equality.


Marlene Valter, PsyD, licensed psychologist, earned her doctoral degree from Pepperdine University. Research and training in child development and child abuse led to her career in forensic psychology with a specialization in child custody and other juvenile and civil matters. Dr. Valter’s research interests include the use of Limited Assessments in Child Custody matters and Child Testimony in Family Law.