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Molly Brennan, M.A.

Pronouns: She,her,hers


Molly Brennan is a 10th-year student in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU) with an anticipated graduation date in 2017.  She received a B.A. in English Literature from Gettysburg College in 2000 with minors in French and Studio Art. In 2009, she completed her M.A. in Psychology at San Diego State University with a focus in psychophysiology. After working as a research associate for the Child and Adolescent Services Research division of Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, Molly began the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Palo Alto University and is currently completing dual Areas of Emphasis in Diversity and Community Mental health and LGBTQ psychology. Her research interests focus on underserved populations, stigma-based stress, and social connectedness. Throughout her research efforts, she has presented research from the Rainbow Women’s Health Survey and the Women’s Health Update Study. Her dissertation research focuses on examining chronic exposure to sexual minority stress and quality of social support among LGBQ adults living with a serious mental illness. Molly’s areas of professional interest are cultural diversity and mental health treatment, trauma psychology, and serious mental illness. She completed clinical practica at the Gronowski Center’s Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis of San Mateo County, and the Men’s Trauma Recovery Program at the Menlo Park Division of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System where she worked with Veterans receiving residential treatment for PTSD. She recently completed her predoctoral internship at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System.
 

Janna E. Holmes, M.S.

 

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 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 Chapter Vice-President of Psi Chi, Vice-President of PAU’s Psychology Honors 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 and the Neuropsychological Assessment Services at the Palo Alto VA. She is currently completing her internship year at The Colorado Mental Health Institute. Her dissertation research involves gender cultural sensitivity of violence risk assessments. 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 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 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 is currently completing his internship at Mount Sinai, Saint Luke's: Child Track. 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 5th-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 completed her first clinical practicum at the Gronowski Center's specialty clinic, La Clinica Latina where she worked with Spanish speaking and Latino populations. Her second clinical practicum was completed at San Jose Job Corps (SJJC), a federally funded career program for transitional-aged youth. She completed her third clinical practicum at the San Francisco VA, in the psychosocial rehabilitation program. She is currently completing her fourth practicum at Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo. 

Kenneth Dowling, M.S.

Pronouns: He/him/his

 

Kenneth Dowling is a 5th-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. in International Studies and Religious Studies from U.C. San Diego. After graduation, he worked for Bay Area Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where highlights included working on LGBT-related legislation and organizing a congressional briefing on LGBT family acceptance and youth suicide prevention.  He received his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from PAU in 2018. He is conducting research on religious identity, mental health, and sexual health in gay, bisexual, and queer men, which he presented at the 2017 APA convention.  In addition to LGBTQ mental health, Kenneth is interested in the psychology of religion and spirituality, substance abuse treatment, and college student counseling.  His past clinical practicum placements include the Gronowski Center's Sexual & Gender Identities Clinic, the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, and the Notre Dame de Namur University Counseling services. He is currently completing a practicum placement at Santa Clara University Counseling & Psychological Services. 

Kyle P. Jones, M.S.

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Kyle P. Jones is a 5th-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. He was president of the Ph.D. Student Council during the 2016-2017 year. His clinical interests include LGBTQ-affirmative therapy, clinical health psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy. He completed clinical practica at the Gronowski Center’s Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic and at Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System and a a supplemental practicum training at the Feeling Good Institute in Mountain View, CA. His dissertation research focuses on measuring provider cultural competency in delivering mental health services for LGBTQ populations. 

 

Briahna Yuodsnukis, M.S.

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Briahna Yuodsnukis is a 5th-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.S. in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Sam Houston State University in 2015 and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from PAU in 2018. She is currently in the Forensic and LGBTQ Areas of Emphasis at PAU. She served as the Vice President of the Psychological Association for Gender Expression and Sexuality (PAGES). Her clinical interests include the intersection of forensic psychology and LGBTQ psychology and how being a gender or sexual minority impacts being incarcerated. 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 Program. She is currently completing a clinical practicum at Kaiser Permanente Oakland - Child and Family Eating Disorders Program. Her research interests include aggression and substance use within gender and sexual minorities. Her dissertation will primarily focus on types of aggression and differences in alcohol use among transgender individuals.

 

Dottie Gill, M.S.

Pronouns: She/her/hers

 

Dottie Gill is a 4th-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 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 recieved 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 is serving as the past-president of PAU’s Psychological Association of Gender Expression and Sexuality (PAGES). Dottie’s clinical interests involve incorporating complementary modalities into psychotherapy (ie. aromatherapy, meditation) for depression, anxiety, and PTSD within adult populations. She also has a particular interest in third wave behavioral therapies (ACT, DBT, CFT, FAP). Dottie's completed a clinical practicum at the Gronowski Center’s Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic and one at LifeMoves where she provided psychotherapy services to homeless adults and children . She is currently completing a clinical practicum at the San Francisco VA Hospital's General Psychiatric Outpatient Services center. Her dissertation will primarily focus on the potential moderating role of trait mindfulness on the relationship between stressors and mental health in non-monosexual (eg. bisexual, pansexual, queer etc) individuals. 

 

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

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Vinisha Rana is a 4th-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. Additionally, she received her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with an emphasis in children and families from Andrews University in 2016. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from PAU in 2019. She is in the Trauma Area of Emphasis and the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis at PAU. She served as the Ph.D. Student Council President, and is currently serving as a research consultant for Adolescent Counseling Services through CLEAR. Her clinical interests include providing holistic care to youth and families who are dealing with sexual orientation, gender identity, 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 a practicum at the Gronowski Center's Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, and Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). She is currently completing a practicum at Santa Clara Valley Medical Hospital, as part of the inpatient ambulatory track. Her research interests include exploring LGBTQ youth risk and resiliency factors, LGBTQI families and school interventions to increase inclusivity and acceptance of diversity.

Elizabeth Savarese, B.A.

Pronouns: She/her/hers

 

Elizabeth Savarese is a 3rd-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. 

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Jonathan Clinkenbeard is a 3rd-year student in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of 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.  He has completed a practicum at the Gronowski Center's Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic and is currently completing a practicum at LifeMoves. His research interests include exploring LGBTQI risk and resiliency factors, LGBTQI community connectedness and support, and acceptance of diversity.

Nat Bricker, B.A.

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Nat Bricker is a 2nd-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 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 health and mental health outcomes. Nat is currently completing a clinical practicum at the Gronowski Center’s Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic. 

Ariel Friedman, M.A., M.Ed.

Pronouns: She/ her/ hers

 

 

Ariel Friedman is a 2nd -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.