Teaching Experience

Currently, when I am not in my private practice I am teaching at Las Positas Community College.  At Las Positas I have the wonderful opportunity of working with new and returning students.  In addition to teaching an array of courses which include, but are not limited to, Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology and Cross-Cultural Psychology I also work closely with the Student Health & Wellness Center in my role as the Behavioral Health Outreach Coordinator.

As an adjunct instructor at Alliant International University I have had the opportunity to work with students in the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program (on campus & online), which prepares students for a career as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. While teaching courses, such as Psychopathology, Intercultural Awareness, Theories and Techniques of Counseling, Practicum and Theories and Techniques of Group Therapy, I have continued to strengthen my belief that it is imperative to foster learning through direct questioning and encouraging thoughtful reflection in order to display application of learned material.

As an adjunct faculty member at Azusa Pacific University, I teach Family Therapy, Child & Adolescent Therapy, Human Sexuality as well as Research Methodology (online) to students in the Master of Arts program working towards their degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In these experiences I have come to value the importance of addressing diversity issues both within the material as well as in the classroom.

Previously, as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, I have had the opportunity to teach undergraduate students about the powerful impact of context and environment on everyday people and how these factors influence the lives of our clients. Courses taught at Pepperdine University included: Social Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology and Introduction to Psychology.

I am passionate about social justice and I believe that it is important to facilitate this, not only in the classroom setting, but also in all areas of my clinical work with individuals, families and in my interactions with various systems as I support my clients.

In addition to teaching in the classroom, I have actively engaged in research in areas such as emotional intelligence, professor preparedness in the classroom as well as organizational evaluation. My research interests include the impact of engagement with social media and overall health, professor preparedness/approach to course preparation as well as means to decrease oppression in order to improve overall health and success of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

“Tell me and I forget.

Teach me and I may remember.

Involve me and I learn."

- Benjamin Franklin