Clinic Director: Steve Smith, Ph.D. (PSY 20096)
The Clinic Director Steve Smith is responsible for the operation of the clinic, as well as for providing supervision to the clinic coordinator and clinic supervisors. The director and the faculty supervisors make case assignments on a weekly basis. The director handles public relations for the clinic by communicating with other community agencies and referral agents about the services offered by the clinic.
Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas and completed both internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School. He is broadly training in both child and adult psychotherapy and has specialized in both personality and neuropsychological assessment of both children and adults. He maintains a private practice where he specializes in the treatment of boys and men and also serves as the counseling psychologist to Santa Barbara Middle School.
Clinic Administrator: Dyan Wirt
The Clinic Administrator manages the facilities and the administrative operations of the clinic, including reception, billing and accounting, electronic record-keeping and serves as the System Administrator for the clinic's EMR (Electronic Medical Record) software. The Clinic Administrator hires and supervises work-study student receptionists and provides ongoing guidance to student clinicians with regard to their professional behavior and administrative activities in the clinic. The Clinic Administrator serves as the clinic's Training and Compliance Officer and is responsible for coordinating and administering the clinic's Continuing Education Programs as well as ensuring compliance with HIPAA Policies and Practices.
Faculty supervisors, who are generally licensed psychologists, provide training and supervision for the clinicians and offer direct services to clients on an as-needed basis. Faculty supervisors are responsible for the supervision of all first- and second-year clinicians and frequently supervise advanced students as well. In addition, faculty supervisors are available for consultation in emergencies and share responsibilities for providing clinical coverage with the Clinic Director.
Miya Barnett, Ph.D. (PSY28416)
Dr. Barnett completed her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at central Michigan University, her predoctoral internship at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, and her postdoctoral training on the NIMH-funded 4KEEPS project at UCLA. She specializes in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and she is certified by PCIT International as a Level 1 Trainer. Dr. Barnett is the director of the PCIT Clinic at UCSB (in the Hosford Clinic), where she trains graduate students, provides supervision, and conducts outreach events. Her research is focused on how to improve the dissemination and implementation of PCIT and other parenting programs to increase access in care to underserved communities.
Alison Cerezo, Ph.D. (PSY31579)
Dr. Cerezo completed her doctoral training in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oregon, her predoctoral internship at UC San Diego, Counseling and Psychological Services and her post-doctoral training at the Psychological Services Center in Oakland, CA. Dr. Cerezo has provided clinical services to individuals, couples and families in community clinics, university counseling centers and k-12 settings. Dr. Cerezo's research and clinical work is centered on the links between stress, trauma, mental health and substance use in communities that have faced interpersonal and structural barriers.
Dr. Goodwin earned his Ph.D. in school psychology, with a cognate specialization in gifted and talented psychoeducational services, from the University of Iowa. Upon finishing his doctoral training, Jon then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University Iowa, where he provided comprehensive psychoeducational assessment and counseling services to students with advanced cognitive ability, including “twice-exceptional” students (i.e., students who are gifted and have a disability that impacts scholastic functioning). Following his postdoctoral fellowship, Jon remained at the Belin-Blank Center as a licensed psychologist while maintaining a visiting faculty appointment with the University of Iowa’s Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program, where he taught courses on intelligence assessment, developmental psychopathology, and advanced supervision. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSB, Jon was a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. As a school psychologist, Jon’s interests include assessment of learning differences, identification of students for gifted and talented programs, and advocacy for underrepresented gifted and talented students.
Maryam Kia-Keating, Ph.D. (PSY25314)
Dr. Kia-Keating received her Ph.D. from Boston University in Clinical Psychology and an Ed.M. from Harvard University in Risk and Prevention for School Aged Children and Adolescents. Her undergraduate education took place at Dartmouth College, where she majored in Psychology, minored in English and received a certificate in Women’s Studies. Dr. Kia-Keating completed both her predoctoral clinical internship and postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego.
Her academic interests span across a number of areas: developmental psychopathology, mental health prevention for youth, resiliency, and school-based interventions. Her research examines the impact of stressful events and adversity on developmental trajectories, among a variety of diverse populations and contexts. Specifically, she is interested in those groups who have experienced high levels of exposure to adversities and traumatic experiences during childhood and/or adolescence, including childhood sexual abuse survivors, and refugee and immigrant youth who have been exposed to war violence and other adversities. Dr. Kia-Keating's research aim is to better identify the factors and processes that explain both risk and resilience in the face of these high-risk environments. She is the director of the Trauma, Recovery, and Resilience Clinic.
Miriam Eady Thompson, Ph.D. (MA-11267)
Dr. Miriam Eady Thompson is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology and is the Director of Psychology Assessment Clinic (PAC). She is a licensed psychologist, a health service provider, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). In 2009, Dr. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona, double majoring in Psychology and Spanish/Portuguese. In 2012, Dr. Thompson earned a Master of Arts in School Psychology and in 2016, she earned a Ph.D. in School Psychology (with a minor in Special Education and a specialization in Learning Disabilities) from the University of Arizona. During her doctoral training, Dr. Thompson completed an APA-accredited internship at the Multidisciplinary Evaluation & Consulting Center (MDC) at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. In 2017, following completion of her doctoral internship, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Neurodevelopmental Assessment of Young Children (NYC) at the Leon O. Brenner Center at William James College in Newton, Massachusetts. At the Brenner Center, Dr. Thompson administered a wide range of neuropsychological evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults. In 2018, she completed a second postdoctoral fellowship at the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic (BJCC) at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. At BJCC, she completed court-ordered psychological evaluations and worked closely with social workers, probation officers, attorneys, and judges.
Dr. Thompson is committed to fulfilling CCSP’s vision of training the “next generation of diverse scholars.” To fulfill that vision, she is working to include effective pedagogical practices into her courses. Further, she incorporates issues related to social justice, diversity, and equity into her courses.
Clinic Student Supervisors
Clinic supervisors are advanced doctoral students in the CCSP Department. They provide “live” supervision to clinicians on an as-needed basis. Each supervisor is scheduled to be on duty during clinic operating hours for one shift per week, at which time they monitor on-going clinic cases, handle telephone emergencies, and manage crisis situations under the supervision of the faculty supervisor on call.
Clinicians are doctoral students in the CCSP Department. They provide direct clinical services under the supervision of the clinic student supervisors, the Clinic Director, and faculty supervisors. All CCSP clinicians (regardless of whether they see clients on- or off-site) are required to: a) Carry malpractice insurance and must file proof of current insurance with the Clinic Director, b) take the on line HIPAA training course offered by the university, c) sign and submit the HIPAA confidentiality agreement, and d) sign and submit the documentation as a Mandated Child Abuse Reporter. All clinicians must be officially enrolled in the appropriate practicum class.