FACULTY BIOGRAPHIES Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology

The Faculty members of Pacifica's Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology bring a passion for education and a wealth of real-world experience into the classroom.

As leaders in the fields, the members of Pacifica's faculty include authors of international acclaim, renowned lecturers, practicing psychologists, active psychotherapists, registered nurses, theologians, and philosophers.

All Clinical faculty members share a passion for education and are dedicated to working with adult learners. To learn more about the faculty in the Doctoral Programs in Clinical Psychology, read the individual descriptions below.

Program Chair

Oksana Yakushko, Ph.D

Oksana Yakushko, Ph.D. Before stepping into the role of Program Chair, Dr. Yakushko has served in the role of Research Coordinator for Track B and Cross-Cultural Research Coordinator for the Ph.D. Clinical Program. She has clinical and research expertise in immigration, human trafficking, career development, and gender issues. In addition, she has written on indigenous healing practices, multicultural counseling approaches, and qualitative cross-cultural research methods. Dr. Yakushko has published over 40 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and book reviews. She has received several awards for her scholarly work and activism including an APA Presidential Citation (2008) and the Oliva Espin Social Justice Award (2008). In addition to her scholarly and teaching work, she is active in American Psychological Association governance as a member of the APA Committee on Early Career Professionals.



Core Faculty

Our core faculty serve as exemplary role models for meeting our program goals in Clinical Practice, Scholarly Inquiry and Research, and Depth Psychology and the Humanities. The credentials, theoretical orientation, and applied experience of our Core and Adjunct faculty provide the expertise for students to attain our program goals, objectives, and competencies.



Matthew Bennett, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, lecturer, and administrator with experience in public sector mental health and substance abuse treatment. He has broad experience in program development. He was formerly founder and first Director of Training for the Ventura County Behavioral Health Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology and Chair-Elect of the Psychology Department at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California. His research interests include personality disorders, comparative personality theory, and internet applications for mental health.




Allen Bishop, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified psychoanalyst. Dr. Bishop served for 10 years as Chair of the Clinical Psychology program. Dr Bishop has been a leader in the Santa Barbara psychoanalytic community for over 31 years. He is a training and supervising Analyst at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) in Los Angeles. Dr. Bishop currently serves as the WASC Liaison Officer for the Institute. Dr. Bishop's research interests include interdisciplinary studies and the impact of music on human behavior.



Jim broderick

Dr. Jim Broderick, Ph.D., has over forty years of experience in providing mental health services to individuals with serious mental illness. Jim was the Mental Health Director in two California counties for nearly twenty years (Shasta and Santa Barbara) and developed an APA approved pre-doctoral Internship program in Clinical psychology in Shasta County.

Dr. Broderick has been recognized by the California Mental Health Directors Association and two county Boards of Supervisors as a leading advocate for the mentally ill in California. Since 1995 he has been an APA site visitor for pre-doctoral internships and post-doctoral residency programs. His professional interests include the study of serious mental illness and the application of critical theory and phenomenological methodologies in clinical research.

His academic interests include phenomenology, existentialism, critical theory, and evidence-based psychotherapy. His major therapeutic interests include Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy with a Jungian orientation.




Paul Gabrinetti, Ph.D. (bio forthcoming)




Veronica Goodchild, Ph.D., has been a student of C. G. Jung's for over 30 years. She has practiced as a Jungian psychotherapist during this time. She has trained at the Jungian Institutes of New York and Los Angeles and is a member of the Research and Training Center for Depth Psychology According to C. G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz in Switzerland. 

Dr. Goodchild has published one book, Eros and Chaos: The Sacred Mysteries and Dark Shadows of Love (2001, 2008), and has recently completed two other books, The Songlines of the Soul: A New Vision for a New Century (Foreword by Thomas Moore), and The Songlines of the Soul: Mystical Cities and Healing Sanctuaries. Her introduction to an edited volume on the Gnostic Mary Magdalene for a book titled Mary of Magdala will appear this year in the journal Spring. Her current research interests are focused on Jung's later works and their intersection with the new emerging sciences such as quantum theory and consciousness.




Gary Groth-Marnat, PhD, ABPP, ABAP, the Director of Research and Research Coordinator for Track A (Ph.D. Program), is an author, lecturer, researcher, and a practicing clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 12), fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment, board certified with the American Board of Professional Psychology, board certified with the American Board of Assessment Psychology, and a licensed psychologist in California.

Dr. Groth-Marnat is a leading expert in the field of psychological assessment. His textbooks are used throughout the United States and abroad in psychological assessment and testing courses. Dr. Groth-Marnat is the author of four books (Handbook of Psychological Assessment; Neuropsychological Assessment in Clinical Practice: A Guide to Test Interpretation and Integration; Integrative Assessment of Adult Personality; Psychological Testing and Assessment) and over 150 journal articles, monographs, and chapters in books. Research interests include the psychological report, psychological assessment, dreams of terminally ill patients, near-death experiences, hypnosis, dissociation, and eating disorders.




Richard Kelliher, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and specialist in cognitive behavioral therapy and evidence-based practices. Dr. Kelliher has held major offices in local professional organizations and for over 29 years he has been a leader in clinical psychology in the Santa Barbara area. Dr. Kelliher is a member of International Association of Cognitive Therapists and the International Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists. Dr. Kelliher's research interests include mood, anxiety and substance abuse disorders. He is currently involved in research in Nepal and has a forthcoming trip to Argentina to continue his research interests.




Avedis Panajian, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association, a certified psychoanalyst, researcher, senior lecturer, and licensed psychologist in California. He has served as a board member of the Western Regional Board for Diplomates in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has chaired Diplomate examinations and served as a licensure examiner for many years for the California Board of Psychology. He has also received the Distinguished Educator Award from the California Board of Psychology.

Dr. Panajian is also a supervising and training Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and at the New Port Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr.Panajian's research interests include infantile development, trauma, and the treatment of severe emotional disorders.




Chris Peterson, Ph.D., ABPS, our Training Coordinator (Ph.D. Program), is an author, lecturer, researcher, and practicing clinical psychologist. She holds a certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies and is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties with a forensic specialty in Substance Abuse Psychology. Her research interests include the addictive disorders and, most recently, the erotic aspects of all relationships and how Eros shows itself in therapy.




Robert Romanyshyn, Ph.D., received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University in 1970. Dr. Romanyshyn is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in depth psychology. Dr. Romanyshyn has published six books, the most recent being The Wounded Researcher (2007). He has contributed 25 chapters in edited volumes of books and written 32 journal articles related to the study of depth psychology. He has presented over 150 papers at international and national conferences and professional groups, and has lectured and given workshops at universities in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, where in February 2006 he gave the keynote address to the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists.

In 2002 he was the first non-analyst to be made an Affiliate Member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts for his scholarly contributions to Jungian psychology. He is also a member of the International Association for Jungian Studies and serves on the journal's editorial board, and is a Fellow at the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture. His research interests include the cultural-historical and philosophical assumptions in psychological praxis, research and theory.




Michael P. Sipiora, Ph.D., Research Coordinator for Track O (Ph.D. Program), is a licensed psychologist in California and Pennsylvania. He has practiced in both private and community mental health settings, and he has been active in narrative-based organizational development consultation. Before joining the clinical faculty in 2009, Dr. Sipiora served for over twenty years as a tenured faculty member in Duquesne University's APA-accredited clinical program. Research interests include phenomenological psychology and philosophy, archetypal psychology, and the rhetorical tradition.



Adjunct Faculty


Roger Dafter, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and since 1994 Associate Director, Mind-Body Medicine Group, in the UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Dafter helps cancer and other medical patients access their inner resources through hypnosis, archetypal imagery, somatic therapy and mindfulness work to communicate with and help heal the body. His research interests include defining healing presence through a convergence of variables from infant attachment, empathic attunement, and meditative (compassion) research in understanding the strength of therapeutic relationships. Dr. Dafter is committed to training a new generation of psychotherapists about common mind/body pathways of therapeutic change and individuation identified by neuroscience, across all schools of psychotherapy. He has a private practice in the greater Los Angeles area.




Chris Downing, Ph.D. is a core member of the faculty at Pacifica. She has made extensive scholarly contributions to the fields of Religious Studies, Mythology, and Gender Studies. She is Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies from San Diego State University where she taught for almost twenty years. She has also taught concurrently at the San Diego campus of the California School of Professional Psychology, and at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She lectures frequently to Jungian groups both here and abroad. Her undergraduate degree is in literature is from Swarthmore College, while her Ph.D. in Religion and Culture is from Drew University. Dr. Downing is the author of numerous scholarly essays and important books in the field: The Goddess; Myths & Mysteries of Same-Sex Love; Psyche's Sisters; Long Journey Home; Women's Mysteries; and Gods in Our Midst. Collections of her essays have also been published: The Luxury of Afterwards; Preludes; and Gleanings. Her areas of emphasis include: Greek Mythology; Women's Studies; and Psychoanalysis.




Bob Kalter (bio forthcoming)




Lubella Lenaburg (bio forthcoming)




Christine Lewis, Ph.D., is an APA licensed  clinical psychologist and certified psychoanalyst. Dr. Lewis  has taught at Pacifica in various programs since 1996 and has also been affiliated with UCSB as adjunct faculty as well as a member of The Institute of Contemporary  Psychoanalysis  in Los Angeles and The Mind and Literature Program at UCSB. Dr.Lewis' research interests include interdisciplinary studies of psychoanalysis and literature, and Buddhism , spiritual practice and psychoanalytic concepts. A book on Christmas in Santa Barbara, coming out in 2012, explores the multi-cultural and historical origins of contemporary holiday rituals and celebrations.




Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D., is core faculty and Research Coordinator in the Depth Psychotherapy program and the Director of Pacifica's Dissertation Office. She has been teaching courses in research, writing, and dissertation development at Pacifica since 2002. In 2005, she and co-author Joseph Coppin published The Art of Inquiry, used across programs at Pacifica and at other graduate schools, which expresses many key ideas about inquiry centered on the living psyche. Elizabeth's interest in research is the flowering of 30 years professional experience as a writer, editor, and book coach for aspiring authors through her consulting company Winged Feat, a name inspired by a dream nearly 20 years ago. Her own research interests focus on mythologies of feminine power and cultural expressions of the shadow and evil. Elizabeth is a lifelong athlete, a certified massage therapist, and an avid student of Tarot, Runes, and archetypal astrology.




Wendy Phillips, MS, Ph.D., is a psychologist, psychotherapist, researcher, and a practicing visual artist. Her work is informed by principles of Depth Psychology and she has found that depth perspectives provide an excellent frame for her ethnographic research. Her clinical interests include culturally relevant psychotherapy, culturally informed conceptualizations of mental illness, group work, the ritual as a psychotherapeutic intervention, dream work in groups, and the use of art materials and creative processes in psychotherapy.

Wendy's research interests include the metaphysical beliefs and traditional healing practices of women of African and North American indigenous descent. Her research project along La Costa Chica of the Pacific coast of Mexico combines phenomenological interviews with photographic processes. She has recently published papers on healing rituals related to beliefs in totem animals and on the archetypal conservation of a deity from the Yoruba religious pantheon in the Afromestizo communities of Mexico. She is also interested in hip hop music and culture and possible references to traditional indigenous African ritual practices and archetypes.

Wendy's artwork has been exhibited widely, including "La Sombra y el Espiritu", a two person exhibit in collaboration with the Dominican painter Lucia Mendez, at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "La Limpia", in Conjunction with the Festival Afrocaribeno, Fototeca Juan Malpica Mimende, Instituto Veracruzano de la Cultura, in the Puerto de Veracruz, Mexico, and at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.



Lisa Sloan

Lisa Sloan, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in Jungian and Mind-Body approaches to psychotherapy. She completed her Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute and has taught at Pacifica as adjunct since 2000. She was past director of training for the Clinical Program and has enjoyed serving on dissertation committees and helping students in dissertation development. Lisa has studied and practiced the healing arts of various spiritual and indigenous traditions including Shamanism. Lisa also has an MFA degree in Theater and Performing Arts and has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, Regional Theater, Television, and Film. She is deeply interested in imaginal and oracular ways of knowing and is devoted to listening for and tending to the images of the soul that speak to our imaginations of individual and collective suffering, transformation, and healing.




Karen Shipley, Ph.D. (no picture available, bio forthcoming)




Paula Thompson, Ph.D.;  Dr. Thomson is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, a certified Sport Psychologist, and works in private practice in Tarzana, California.  She works primarily with individuals who have trauma histories, dissociative disorders and/or issues with blocked creativity.  Her interest in early attachment led her to the study group of Dr. Allan Schore as well as the major training institutes in adult and infant attachment assessments.  She is a regular presenter at the International Society for the Study in Dissociation and has recently published several articles on the impact of trauma on creativity. She is Professor Emeritus, York University; Associate Professor, California State University, Northridge (Department of Kinesiology); and adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute.  For over twenty-five years Paula Thomson has been a teacher at numerous international schools, most notably University of Limerick (Ireland), University of Cape Town (South Africa), Banff School of Fine Arts, OperaWorks,  Julliard School of Music, Stratford Shakespearean Festival and the Canadian Opera Company.  Along with having been Artistic Director, dancer and choreographer for Northern Lights Dance Theatre, Paula Thomson has worked as a professional movement coach or choreographer for most of the premier theatre and opera companies in Canada.  She is currently involved in research projects investigating a) fantasy proneness, dissociation, trauma and attachment in performing artists and athlete populations and b) the influence of mitochondrial deficits on migraine and psychophysiology, (3) the psychophysiological effects of stress in performing artists and athletes.




Marlene Valter, Ph.D. (no picture available, bio forthcoming)