Melissa Gondek, PhD

Adjunct Faculty

Melissa Gondek, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in California. After earning her BA in Experimental Psychology from UCSB (1977) and a Masters Degree in Psychology/School Psychology and Pupil Personnel Credential from California State University, Northridge (1979), Dr. Gondek began a 25-year career as a School Psychologist. She has worked with children of all ages (infants to 22 years of age). As a school psychologist and member of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, she conducted over 2500 psychoeducational evaluations and developed Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Accommodation Plans for identified students in elementary, middle and high school settings. Additionally, she provided counseling services for students struggling with academic and social problems. She worked closely with parents to assist them in implementing changes–in the home setting–that would lead to greater academic success for their children.

While serving as a school psychologist, Dr. Gondek was trained in Behavior Intervention and served as a Behavior Intervention Specialist for over two decades. In 1982, she became a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) and maintained a private practice in addition to her work as a school psychologist. Many years later, she returned to school to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a licensed Psychologist with four years of additional training in psychoanalytic/psychodyanamic psychotherapy. She received her training at the Wright Institute of Los Angeles and at Reiss Davis Child Study Center.