Students

Janna E. Holmes, M.S.

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Janna Holmes is a 7th-year student in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU). She received a B.A. in Psychology from Arkansas Tech University in 2011 with a minor in Sociology, an M.S. in General Psychology from Arkansas Tech University in 2013, and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University in 2016. She is in the Forensic and the LGBTQ Areas of Emphasis at PAU. Janna has served as the PAU Chapter Vice-President of the Psi Chi International Honor Society, Vice-President of PAU’s Psychology Honor Society, and Secretary of the Psychological Association of Gender Expression and Sexuality (PAGES). Her clinical interests include forensic populations, LGBTQ individuals in forensic populations, severe mental illness, and psychological and forensic evaluations. Janna has completed clinical practica at the Gronowski Center’s Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, Bridges criminal justice program at HealthRight 360 (formerly Walden House), San Quentin State Prison, the Neuropsychological Assessment Services at the VA Palo Alto Health Care Systems (VAPAHCS) and the Memory Clinic at the VAPAHCS. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at Colorado Mental Health Institute – Pueblo, a forensic state hospital, which will be completed on August 30, 2020. Her dissertation research involves gender cultural sensitivity in violence risk assessment. More specifically, examining gender differences in the violence risk factors of impulsivity and anger between cisgender and transgender populations.

Arielle Webb, M.S.

Pronouns: They, them, theirs

 

Arielle Webb is a 7th-year student in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU). They received a B.A. degree in Psychology with Honors with an emphasis in Women's Studies from Mills College in 2003. They received an M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University in 2016. They are in the Diversity and Community Mental Health and the LGBTQ Areas of Emphasis at PAU. They served as Student Advisor with the Ph.D. Academic Advising Center (PAAC) and President of PAU's Psychological Association for Gender Expression an Sexuality (PAGES). Their clinical interests include individuals with SMI, individuals diagnosed with personality disorders, transition-age youth, LGBTQQI individuals and, more specifically trans and non-binary individuals. They completed clinical practica at the Gronowski Center's Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, the YMCA West Contra Costa's Y-Team Mental Health Program, Alta Mira Recovery, Treasure Island's Job Corps, and the San Fransisco VA's Psychosocial Rehab Program. They are currently employed at La Familia Counseling's Trauma Recovery Center, as a Psychological Assistant. Their research interests include gender identity, transgender psychology, and non-binary identities. Their dissertation research focuses on mental health, minority stress, and resiliency among individuals with non-binary gender identities.

Victor Rios, M.S.

Pronouns: He/him/his

Victor is a 7th-year student in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU).  He received a B.A. degree in Psychology from New York University in 2011 and a M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University in 2017.  He is in the LGBTQ and the Diversity and Community Mental Health Areas of Emphasis at PAU. He served as Vice President for PAU's Psychological Association for Gender Expression and Sexuality (PAGES). His clinical interests include working with historically underprivileged and underserved populations, youth, and providing bilingual therapy. He completed clinical practica at the Gronowski Center's Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) – Latinx Track, Kaiser Oakland – Child and Family Psychiatry Department, and the USCF Benioff Children's Hospital - 5150/Consultation Liaison Services. He completed his internship at Mount Sinai, Saint Luke's: Child Track and began his post-doctoral fellowship at Mt. Sinai, Morningside as the DBT/High Risk Fellow. His research interests include intersectionality and LGBTQ well-being and health. He worked on the Men's Online Research on Psychological Health (MOPRH) dataset. His dissertation research focuses on transmasculine sexual health and race/ethnicity.  

Itzel Anaya, M.S.

Pronouns: She/her/hers

 

Itzel is a 6th-year in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU). She received a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Women's Studies from Chapman University in Orange County, CA in 2014. and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology at PAU in 2018. She is in the Diversity and Community Mental Health and the LGBTQ Areas of Emphasis at PAU. Itzel served as the Vice President of PAU's Student Council and as President of the Psychological Association of Gender Expression and Sexuality (PAGES). Itzel's research interests include the experiences of sexual minority people of color. Itzel's dissertation focuses on identifying resilience factors that help promote positive mental health outcomes and well-being in Latinx LGBTQ individuals. Her clinical interest is in working with underserved and marginalized communities. Itzel is particularly interested in working with immigrants who have experienced trauma. Itzel has completed clinical practica at the Gronowski Center's specialty clinic, La Clinica Latina, San Jose Job Corps, the San Francisco VA, and Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo. She is currently on internship at the Downtown Los Angeles VA.

Kenneth Dowling, M.S.

Pronouns: He/him/his

Kenneth Dowling is a 6th-year student and Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU). He received a B.A. in International Studies and Religious Studies from U.C. San Diego, then worked for Bay Area Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where highlights included working on LGBTQ-related legislation and organizing a congressional briefing on LGBTQ family acceptance and youth suicide prevention.  In 2018 he earned his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from PAU, and in 2020 he defended his dissertation on the relationship of sexual minority men's religious identity with internalized homophobia, substance abuse, and sexual risk behavior.  In addition to LGBTQ psychology, Kenneth is interested in mental health and well-being for individuals who are university students, male-identified, religious/spiritual, and/or autistic/neurodiverse, and/or those with substance abuse and/or attachment issues.  His past clinical practica include the Gronowski Center's Sexual & Gender Identities Clinic, the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, and counseling services at Notre Dame de Namur University and Santa Clara University. He is currently on internship at the University of Iowa Counseling Service.

Kyle P. Jones, M.S.

Pronouns: He/him/his

 

Kyle P. Jones is a 6th-year student in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in French language, from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011. He received his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from PAU in 2018. He is in the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis at PAU and was president of the Ph.D. Student Council at PAU during the 2016-2017 year. His clinical interests include LGBTQ-affirmative therapy, clinical health psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy. He has completed clinical practicum training at the Gronowski Center’s Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, El Camino Hospital’s Adult Mood Program, and Feeling Good Institute. He is currently completing his pre-doctoral psychology internship at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. His dissertation research focuses cultural competency in delivering mental health services for LGBTQ populations. 

 

Briahna Yuodsnukis, M.S.

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Briahna Yuodsnukis is a 6th-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, LGBTQ Area of Emphasis, at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU). She received a B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 2015 and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from PAU in 2018. She is currently completing her internship at the Medical College of Georgia/Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center - Trauma Track. She served as the Vice President of the Psychological Association for Gender Expression and Sexuality (PAGES). Briahna’s clinical interest includes the impact of trauma on mental and physical well-being, especially among individuals with marginalized identities. She completed a clinical practicum at the Gronowski Center, a community outpatient clinic, the Psychiatric Inpatient Program and Salinas Valley State Prison, and Kaiser Permanente Oakland - Adult Enhanced Eating Disorders Outpatient and the Child and Family Eating Disorders Program. Her research interests include gender identity differences in human behavior, particularly aggression and substance use behaviors among gender and sexual minorities. Her dissertation will primarily focus on subtypes of aggression and differences in alcohol use among transgender individuals.

Dottie Gill, M.S.

Pronouns: She/her/hers and They/them/theirs

 

Dottie Gill is a 5th-year student in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU).  She received a B.A. in Individualized Major and minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies from New York University (NYU) in 2016. Her individualized major focused on the impact of childhood trauma on identity formation, resiliency, and mental health in adolescence and adulthood. She received her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in 2019. She is in the LGBTQ+ and the Mindfulness and Meditation Areas of Emphasis at PAU. Dottie previously served as president of PAU’s Psychological Association of Gender Expression and Sexuality. Dottie’s clinical interests include third-wave behavioral therapies (ACT, DBT, CFT, FAP) and working with LGBTQ+ adults. Dottie is currently completing an advanced practicum at Mills College located in Oakland, California. She recently completed a clinical practicum at the San Francisco VA Hospital's General Psychiatric Outpatient Services center.  She has also completed clinical practica at the Gronowski Center’s Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic and at the Inner Resources Center where she facilitated 8-week mindfulness interventions. She also completed a practicum at LifeMoves where she provided psychotherapy services to homeless adults and children. Her dissertation examines the potential moderating role of trait mindfulness on the relationship between stressors and mental health in plurisexual (eg. bisexual, pansexual, queer, etc) individuals.

 

 

Vinisha Rana, M.S., M.A.

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Vinisha Rana is a 5th-year student in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University. She received her B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) from University of Michigan in 2013. She received her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with an emphasis in children and families from Andrews University in 2016. Additionally, she received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from PAU in 2019. Vinisha is in the Trauma Area of Emphasis and the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis at PAU. She served as the Ph.D. Student Council President for two years from 2017 to 2019. She is currently serving as a research consultant for Adolescent Counseling Services through CLEAR and as a project coordinator for the LGBTQ+ Clinical Academy. Her clinical interests include providing care to youth and families who are dealing with sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or ethnic minority related distress. She completed her master's internship at the OutCenter, Southwest Michigan's LGBTQ+ resource center, and the Buchanan, Michigan school district. She completed practicums at the Gronowski Center's Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) and the inpatient ambulatory track at Santa Clara Valley Medical Hospital. She is currently completing a supplemental telehealth and assessment practicum at Santa Clara Valley Medical Hospital. Her research interests include exploring LGBTQ+ youth risk and resiliency factors and school interventions that increase inclusivity and the acceptance of diversity.

Elizabeth Savarese, B.A.

Pronouns: She/her/hers

 

Elizabeth Savarese is a 4th-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Palo Alto University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2015. Elizabeth is focused on the LGBTQ and Diversity and Community Mental Health Areas of Emphasis at Palo Alto University. Elizabeth's research interests are focused on LGBTQ mental and physical health outcomes and how minority stress and resilience affect these outcomes from an intersectional biopsychosocial framework. She is also interested in the effectiveness, sustainability, and processes of implementing evidence-based practices and prevention programs in multidisciplinary settings. Overall, Elizabeth plans to utilize this research to expand knowledge regarding LGBTQ individuals and facilitate policy changes related to LGBTQ equality while improving outreach for diverse LGBTQ individuals in order to improve their well-being. Elizabeth completed a practicum at the Gronowski Center's Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic. She is currently completing a practicum at San Mateo County Pride Center. 

Jonathan Clinkenbeard, M.S. 

Pronouns: He/him/his

 

Jonathan Clinkenbeard is a 4th-year student in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University. He received his B.A. in Psychology from California State University San Bernardino in 2013. Additionally, he received his M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Central Washington University in 2016. He is in the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis at PAU. He is the past president of PAU’s Psychological Association of Gender Expression and Sexuality (PAGES). His clinical interests include community mental health with sexual and gender minorities. He has previously worked as an adjunct professor at Chaffey College and most recently at Notre De Namur University.  He has completed practicum training at the Gronowski Center's Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic and LifeMoves. He is currently placed at UCSF Alliance Health Project. His research interests include exploring LGBTQ+ risk and resiliency factors, LGBTQ+ community connectedness and support, and acceptance of diversity.

Nat Bricker, B.A.

Pronouns: They/them/theirs

 Nat Bricker is a 3rd-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Palo Alto University. They received their B.A. in Psychology from Lake Forest College in 2016. Nat is focused on the LGBTQ Psychology Area of Emphasis. They are currently serving a second term as the President for the Psychological Association of Gender Expression and Sexuality (PAGES) at PAU. Nat’s research interests pertain to intersectional LGBTQ+ identities, with a particular focus on transgender and nonbinary identities, experiences, and mental health outcomes. Their dissertation research is focused on the intersections of gender, autistic, and nonhuman (e.g., therian, otherkin) identities. Nat has completed a clinical practicum at the Gronowski Center’s Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic and is currently completing a practicum at Adolescent Counseling Service's OUTLET program.

Rel Friedman, M.A., M.Ed.

Pronouns: She/ her/ hers

 

 

Ariel Friedman is a 3rd-year student in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Pacific

Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU). She received a B.A. degree in

Psychology from Clark University in 2014 and an M.A., and M.Ed. degree in Counseling

Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2017. She is in the LGBTQ Area of

Emphasis at PAU. She is currently serving as the Vice President for the Psychological Association of Gender Expression and Sexuality (PAGES) at PAU. Ariel’s research interests include risk and resiliency factors in Nonmonosexual populations, kink, sexual shame, and nonmonogamy. Ariel is currently completing a practicum at the Gronowski Center’s Sexual and Gender identities Clinic.

Maxwell G. Hart, B.S.

Pronouns: He/him/his

Max Hart is a 2nd-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Palo Alto University. He received his B.S. in Psychological Sciences from Rowan University in 2019. He intends to pursue the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis. He currently serves as Vice President of the Psychological Association of Gender Expression and Sexuality (PAGES) at PAU. Max's research interests include the intersection of the LGBTQ and disability communities, especially the experiences of queer-identified neurodivergent individuals. He is currently completing a clinical practicum at the Gronowski Center's Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic.

Roger Mohr, B.S.

Pronouns: They/them/theirs

Roger Mohr is a 2nd-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Palo Alto University. They received their B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of California. San Diego in 2016. They are interested in non-binary gender identities and LGBTQ psychology and intend to pursue the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis. They currently serve as the Secretary for the Psychological Association of Gender Expression and Sexuality (PAGES) at Palo Alto University. They are currently completing a practicum at the Gronowski Center's Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic (SGIC).

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