January 27, 2009
For immediate release
Dr. Heidi Zetzer of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School of Education has been elected President of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA) for 2009. SBCPA is a professional association of licensed psychologists, psychological assistants, and graduate psychology students working together to advance the science and practice of psychology and to promote the mental health and wellbeing of members of Santa Barbara's culturally diverse community.
Dr. Zetzer is the Director of the Hosford Counseling and Psychological Services Clinic in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara. The Hosford Clinic provides affordable empirically-based culturally-responsive mental health services to members of the Santa Barbara community. In addition to running the clinic, Dr. Zetzer teaches practicum and supervision courses, supervises graduate student clinicians, provides psychotherapy to community clients, and is engaged in two research projects: Evaluating Counseling Techniques in Cross Cultural Counseling with Mexican Americans and The Role of Providers’ Racial/Cultural Identities in Mental Health Services.
Dr. Zetzer was a core faculty member in the Graduate Psychology Program at Antioch University, Santa Barbara from 1996 to 2006. During that time, she served as the Director of Clinical Training, Clinical Traineeship Director, and Coordinator of the Professional Development and Career Counseling Program. She taught a wide variety of courses including Multicultural Awareness, Multicultural Clinical Skills, Clinical Skills I, Feminist Theories of Psychology, Psychopathology, Integrating Clinical Skills, and Psychological Assessment. While serving on the Antioch faculty, Dr. Zetzer co-authored a handbook called Build the Field and They Will Come: Multicultural Organizational Development for Mental Health Agencies. The handbook was the culmination of a four-year qualitative study of two Santa Barbara family violence prevention and treatment agencies. It can be accessed on line.
Dr. Zetzer earned an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Ohio State University in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 1990. From 1992-1995, she served as the Project Coordinator for the Couples Alcoholism Treatment Project at UC Santa Barbara where she ran a large-scale outcome study, funded by the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA). She was licensed in 1995 and has worked previously as a staff psychologist for UCSB’s Counseling & Career Services and Child Abuse Listening & Medication (CALM).
[Heidi Zetzer is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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