President’s Column: 

“Creative Resilience: Harnessing Uncertainty to Achieve Balance” LACPA’s 2023 Presidential Theme

Miriam Hamideh, Ph.D.

It is an honor to once again be a part of LACPA leadership, now joining you as President for the 2023 term.

To better demonstrate my commitment to LACPA and to our profession, I would like to share a little about my personal, educational, and professional journey.

 I have been working as a psychologist since 1990. My journey began at the Catholic University of Pelotas in Brazil, where I found my passion for psychology. I then moved to Buenos Aires, where I worked at a private psychiatric clinic and wrote my doctoral thesis at Belgrano University.

 After graduating in 1993, I moved to the United States, where I first worked for Ventura and Santa Barbara County Mental Health. In 2002, I became an adjunct professor for the Psychology Graduate Program at California Lutheran University (CLU); there, I taught developmental psychology and cultural diversity in clinical practice for six years. Currently, I am a member of the Graduate Psychology Advisory Council for CLU. I began my private practice in 2001, working with individuals and couples. By 2015, my clinical practice evolved and grew, as I founded an intensive outpatient treatment facility for mental health and substance use disorders: Psychological Care Institute, or PCI Centers. As the Clinical and Executive Director, I design dynamic treatment programs, supervise a diverse clinical staff, and oversee the care and wellbeing of all of our patients using a biopsychosocial approach.

 

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