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CPAGS Officers 2016-2017

CHAIR:My Linh Vo, MA

My Linh Vo is a doctoral student of John F. Kennedy University. She has a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.A. in Psychology from UC Davis. In September, 2016, she will be starting her postdoctoral training at Kaiser in the Sacramento area. She provides psychological services in English and Vietnamese to underserved and marginalized communities. Her research interest focuses on the quality and accuracy of text translation with the goal of creating multilingual mental health materials. She enjoys meeting new people and could use a break from studying, so please feel free to contact her at

CHAIR-ELECT:  Crystal Faith Cajilog, BA

Crystal Faith Cajilog is a currently a third-year graduate student studying Clinical Psychology  at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. In 2016, she will be working with adolescents at San Mateo County’s Youth Services Center and conduct assessments for the Behavioral Health Court. Her past placements include: Acknowledge Alliance where she practiced psychodynamic therapy with adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system and at the Integrated Health Psychology Training Program (IHPTP) where she integrated CBT with a bio-psyho-social lens within a medical setting.

Crystal received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and studied Pediatric Psychology at the National University of Singapore. Crystal also continues to work as a Counselor for crisis psychiatric facilities in Redwood City, CA.. She has expansive experience working with adults who are diagnosed with chronic mental illness and substance addictions.

Crystal's clinical interests are health psychology, Filipino-American psychology, psychological assessment, and working with underrepresented populations. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of culture with attitudes towards help-seeking, so to understand how the field can invoke systematic change to provide care for more people. She is always available by email, at:


PAST CHAIR: Alyssa Aguilar, PsyD

Alyssa Aguilar, MA

Alyssa Aguilar will complete her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology in August 2015. She received her B.A. in Human Development from U.C. San Diego, an M.A. in Education – Multicultural Counseling from San Diego State University, and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology. She is currently completing an APA-accredited internship at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in Milwaukee. Alyssa’s past practicum experiences include a forensic private practice, the VA Long Beach, Biola Counseling Center, La Habra School District, and The Center for Community Counseling. She has provided psychological assessments, as well as individual, couples, and group psychotherapy in these settings. Alyssa has served as CPAGS Chair Elect (2014 – 2015), Division II: Education and Training Representative (2013 – 2014), and as a Campus Representative (2012 – 2014). Alyssa’s research explores social media and the effects on identity development and relationship satisfaction. Other research interests include domains of diversity and competency, mentorship in training programs, and the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Clinically, her interests are in doing therapy with adults in individual and group settings focused on trauma and adjustment, as well as forensic assessment with adults. Alyssa can be reached via email at

TREASURER: Holly Hoffman, MA

Holly Hoffman is a 4th-year doctoral student in the Wright Institute’s Psy.D. program. This past year, she interned at Kaiser Oakland Adult Eating Disorders outpatient program where she worked with clients individually and led a DBT, Body Image, and supported meal group. She is looking forward to continuing her training at City College of San Francisco where she will work in the counseling center beginning this fall. In her first year at the Wright Institute, Holly, along with three other students, presented at the APA’s Humanistic Conference where she focused on her clinical work with high school students using a humanistic lens. In addition, she collaborated with other students to create a handbook for Wright students with learning disabilities. For her dissertation study, Holly will be assessing the effectiveness of transdiagnostic treatment, a model currently being used at the Berkeley CBT clinic.  Her clinical interests include working with clients with eating disorders, learning disabilities, and social phobias by integrating theories from health psychology, CBT, ACT, and DBT.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in counseling, from San Francisco State University. Holly can be reached at

SECRETARY: Emily Artusio, BA

Emily Artusio is a third year doctoral student at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. This past year, she was trained at the Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic where she worked with clients individually and led groups, specializing in OCD and Anxiety Disorders. She is looking forward to continuing her training at The State of California- Department of Rehabilitation, where she will be focusing on psychological assessment for individuals with disabilities. Her other clinical interests include utilizing an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach, and her dissertation will explore using ACT with individuals with emotion dysregulation. In addition, she is very passionate about political advocacy and professional development, and this will be her second year serving on the CPAGS Executive Council. She can be contacted by e-mail at


Karen Sanchez MBA, MT-BC is entering her 4th year in the PsyD Clinical Psychology program at Capella University. She has a bachelor's degree in Music Therapy with a minor in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Pacific and a double MBA in Entrepreneurship and Healthcare Management from Jones Internarional University. Clinical internship in music therapy was completed at UC Davis Children's Hospital and she has been a board-certified music therapist for 15 years. Karen is the director and founder of In Harmony Music Therapy Services, a private agency, where her staff provides music therapy services in mental health, medical, and educational settings across Northern California for the past 14 years. In the past she has served two one-year terms as president for the Western Region Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association Students (WRAMTA) and also two 2-year terms as Treasurer for the Western Region Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association (WRAMTA). Karen has served as the Capella University campus representative to CPAGS for the last two years and Communications Chair for the last year. She lives in Stockton, has three boys ages 7, 9, and 14, and has been married for 16 years.


Emory Strickland is a 3rd year clinical psychology doctoral student at The Wright Institute. During his training he has worked at a continuation high school in Richmond and a sliding scale, low fee CBT clinic in Berkeley. He is currently paced at Santa Rosa Junior College as a counselor. His interests include integrating technology with psychology and legislative advocacy.

ADVOCACY CHAIR: Ben Paul Bizar-Stanton, JD,MS

Ben Bizar-Stanton received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is currently a fifth year student in the joint program for a Law Degree and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology between Golden Gate University School of Law and Palo Alto University.  Last year he finished law school, passed the California Bar Examination, and began working part time as an associate attorney for a small civil law office. Due to the schedule and nature of the joint program he is currently in his fourth year of the Ph.D. program. 

Ben's clinical interests include providing one-on-one and group services to culturally diverse adolescents and young adults, as well as prevention and community outreach. He will begin his upcoming practicum at San Jose Job Corps starting in July 2016. His research interests focus on mindfulness and compassion as they relate to treatment and prevention of mental illness on a societal level, with a particular interest in program development and evaluation and public policy. Please feel free to contact Ben anytime at"


Joy Marquez is a third-year doctoral student pursuing a dual degree in clinical psychology (PsyD) and sport psychology (MA) at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. She is placed at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for advanced practicum during the 2016-2017 academic year. Joy also serves as one of six members on the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Committee for the Advancement of Racial & Ethnic Diversity (APAGS-CARED). Together with another APAGS-CARED committee member, she recently hosted a virtual mentoring hour for undergraduate students of color interested in applying to doctoral psychology programs specifically tailored to meet the interests and concerns of ethnic minority students. As a military veteran, her professional interests include clinical work with veterans, integrated behavioral healthcare, and exercise as complementary therapy. Additionally, Joy is passionate about professional advocacy training and participation in psychology, which is the focus of her dissertation. She earned a B.S. in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy and a M.A. in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. Joy maintains active student memberships in APAGS, CPAGS, the San Francisco Psychological Association, and the Monterey Bay Psychological Association. Feel free to contact her at


Amber Blews is currently completing her internship at Loma Linda University Medical Center where she works in the Cancer Center, Heart Institute, Behavioral Medicine Center Eating Disorders Clinic, and the Behavioral Health Institute serving the community of students, faculty, and staff of LLUMC. Amber received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. She earned an M.A. in Educational Counseling from the University of Redlands. She also holds an M.A. in Psychology and Christian Leadership from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA. Amber successfully defended her PhD. dissertation on the topic of virtue development in adolescents in 2014. For the academic year of 2016-17, she will work as a post-doctoral clinician at Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the Claremont Colleges. Amber’s passion for advocacy continues to grow throughout her graduate education. She is the proud parent of two children, Elliot (age 6) and Caed (age 2), and enjoys speaking to graduate students and psychologists about work/life balance. Please reach out with any questions or concerns




Kerry Horrell is a 3rd year doctoral student in Rosemead School of Psychology’s PhD program in Clinical Psychology. Kerry holds a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in Psychology and Social Behavior, with a minor in Conflict Resolution. Additionally, she holds an MA from Rosemead School of Psychology. Kerry’s clinical interests include working with marginalized populations, primarily in an in-patient/hospital setting, as well as neuropsychological assessment. For the 2016-2017 year, Kerry will be completing her practicum at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in Downtown Los Angeles, where she will be working with low-income clients in both individual and group capacities. Kerry’s research interests include gender role ideologies, sexism, and flourishing, particularly within the Evangelical community. Other professional interests and goals include: advocacy work, teaching, and multicultural humility. Feel free to contact her at:


Claire Reclosado-Baclay is a 4th-year doctoral student at John F. Kennedy University. Recently, she completed a year of practicum training with the Solano Inmate AOD program at the Solano County Jail. During the 2016-2017 academic year she will be working as a practicum trainee at Santa Rosa Junior College. Claire is a former high school teacher, coach, and has served on boards and as advisor for various cultural organizations. Her interests include education, social justice, diversity, and advocacy, especially for underserved populations. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Communication from UC Davis. She can be reached at


A native of Philadelphia, Gillian Grannum is a PhD doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA. Her research, clinical, and vocational interests include; group psychotherapy, organizational psychology, and religious organizations, clinical work with severely mentally ill clients, and integration of psychology, spirituality, and the arts. For the 2016-2017 year, Gillian will be completing her internship at Pacific Clinics El Camino in Santa Fe Springs, CA, where she will be working with individuals, groups, and families. Gillian holds graduate degrees in psychology, theology, and education from Fuller Theological Seminary and Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University.


Stella Galarza is currently working on her PsyD, She has completed an MS in Psychology  and an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has experience working in clinical and in academic settings and working with diverse clientele such as students with disabilities, sexual offenders and survivors of physical and sexual abuse.

"I think psychologists could have a protagonist role in society by participating in making health policies and community development. Because we know about people, and we know how to help".


Nicholle Johnston is entering her 3rd year in Rosemead School of Psychology's Ph.D. program. Nicholle holds a M.A. from Gonzaga University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a M.A. from Rosemead School of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. Nicholle's current clinical interest primarily lies working with marginalized populations in hospital settings. For the 2016-2017 year, Nicholle will be completing her practicum at Foothills Psychological Services in Upland, CA where she will be strengthening her solution-focused therapy skills in the outpatient clinic as well as gaining experience assessing and evaluating patients at local hospitals and nursing facilities. Nicholle's research interests include religious and spiritual struggle, hopelessness, and suicide. Other professional interests include: psychopharmacology, assessment, teaching and advocacy.

 Division VI Representative: Joyce Rickenbrode, MA

Joyce Rickenbrode, MA, is entering her 4th year of the Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA.  She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with honors at Walden University and earned her Master of Arts at John F. Kennedy University.  She has completed practicum placements at the City of Fremont Youth & Family Services, Solano County Jail AOD, and an externship at Samuel Merritt University in their student health and counseling center. Joyce will be beginning her third, advanced practicum placement at The Center for Occupational Health. 

 Joyce currently volunteers at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in a Community Living Center, a 90-bed unit designated for the geriatric population afflicted with Mild Cognitive Impairments. She also is a Research Assistant for the VA Palo Alto in Livermore, helping advance the subject of robotics, gerontechnology, and best practices of robotics with regards to neuropsychological and psychological interventions for those afflicted with mild cognitive impairments.

Joyce has presented at conference regarding the neuropsychology of phantom limb pain and physical activity and its role in preventing and mitigating the progression of Alzheimer disease. The subject of her dissertation is the best practices of psychological fitness for duty evaluations for law enforcement agencies. Clinically, her interests include research, trauma, neuropsychology, forensics, and advocacy. Joyce can be contacted at


Melabi Amponsah is a third year PhD student at Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. She received her BS in Psychology from Pacific Union College and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology. This past year, she completed a practicum at a local University Counseling Center and Whittier Union High School District. In September 2016, she will begin her advanced practicum placement at Augustus Hawkins Mental Health Center where she will be working with predominately low- income, racial/ethnic minority populations. Her clinical interests include community mental health, in-patient hospital settings, working with those who are underserved, and racial/ethnic minority populations. She has a passion and desires to reach those that may not be open to mental health services, reduce the mental health stigma in minority populations, and increase diversity in the field of psychology. Feel free to contact to contact her at:


Sundas Pasha is currently a second year student at Alliant International University (California School of Professional Psychology) in Sacramento, studying clinical psychology (PsyD). She graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with a degree in human development. She has always been fascinated with the brain-behavior relationship, and hopes to get her post doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology. Her initial interest in the field of neuropsychology sparked as a result of wondering why people act the way they do. She grew up searching to read any books on the brain she could find (while simultaneously reading all the Nancy Drew mystery novels) and becoming increasingly intrigued by brain science and psychology. This past year she has just finished working in Rescue Union School District as a practicum intern giving academic assessments to elementary and middle school children. Starting this year, she will be transitioning to the Auburn Center for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which known for helping individuals with long term recovery for substance abuse issues, post traumatic stress, and dealing with emotional pain among other concerns. In the future she hopes to work with inpatient individuals, perform neuropsychological assessments, conduct research, and gain some teaching experience.    

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