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Omar M. Alhassoon, PhD


Omar M. Alhassoon, PhD, is a Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University. His research interests include neuropsychological assessment, multimodal neuroimaging including magnetic resonance spectroscopy and diffusion tensor imaging, CNS changes in alcohol and drug dependence and abstinence, neuroimaging and neuropsychological correlates of psychopathy, and other personality characteristics, cognitive correlates of late-life depression, and transphobia.

Carolyn B. Allard, PhD

Program Director & Associate Professor

Carolyn B. Allard, PhD is Associate Professor and Program Director of the Clinical Psychology PhD

Program at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University. Dr. Allard received her BA (Hons.) from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. Before coming to CSPP, she served as Director of the Military Sexual Trauma & Interpersonal Trauma Clinic and San Diego Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health at the Veteran's Affairs San Diego Healthcare System for a little over 10 years. She is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of California San Diego. She has clinical expertise in the treatment of posttraumatic distress and conducts research on the risk factors of posttraumatic distress and predictors of treatment outcomes, and develops and tests interventions to improve outcomes.

Richard Gervitz, PhD

Distinguished Professor

Dr. Richard Gevirtz is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology for the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University in San Diego. He has been in involved in research and clinical work in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback for the last 30 years and served as the president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 2006-2007. His primary research interests are in understanding the physiological and psychological mediators involved in disorders such as chronic muscle pain, fibromyalgia, and gastrointestinal pain. In this vein, he has studied applications of heart rate variability biofeedback for anxiety, pain, gastrointestinal, cardiac rehabilitation, and other disorders. He is the author of many journal articles and chapters on these topics. He also maintains a part time clinical practice treating patients with anxiety and stress related disorders.

Veronica Perez, PhD

Associate Professor

Veronica B. Perez, PhD, is core faculty at Alliant International University, San Diego. Her research focuses on identifying biomarkers of severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and other psychosis disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and hoarding disorder. Biomarkers are measurable indicators that show the presence or severity of particular disease states. Dr. Perez is also interested in studying how biomarkers can help identify whether a treatment intervention will be effective in a specific patient and how their brain will process it. Dr. Perez completed her postdoctoral training at University of California, San Francisco and through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center of Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center. She completed a predoctoral internship through UC San Diego School of Medicine/VA San Diego Healthcare System's psychology internship program. Dr. Perez earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in cognitive electrophysiology at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

Alba Nino, PhD

Associate Professor

Alba Nino, PhD, is an associate professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University, San Diego. Dr. Nino is a bilingual therapist (English-Spanish) with extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families of diverse backgrounds, especially immigrant families from Latin America. Dr. Nino teaches courses on family therapy theories, trauma and crisis intervention, and person of the therapist training.

Nicole Sabatini Gutierrez, PsyD, LMFT

Associate Professor

Nicole Sabatini Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy program at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, Irvine. Dr. Sabatini Gutierrez received her BA in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and both her masters and doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy at CSPP. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the state of California. Her research interests include vicarious traumatization in therapists, sexual trauma and its systemic effects, chemical dependency and the family, self-of-the-therapist development, and multiculturalism and client-centered advocacy in the clinical supervision of MFTs.

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