Pacifica President Dr. Leonie H. Mattison to Speak on Expert Panel at Screening of Anxious Nation

Join Fusion Academy for a community screening of Anxious Nation, a documentary exploring the rise of adolescent anxiety that aims to reduce the stigma and shame surrounding mental health while also providing insight into how we can support adolescents experiencing anxiety. The event is free and the Pacifica community is welcome to attend! RSVP here.

Metropolitan – Metro 4 Theatre
618 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 9310
March 13, 2024, 6 p.m.

Following the film there will be an expert panel available for Q&A and discussion. Panelists include:

Author and director of Anxious Nation, Laura Morton, and her daughter who inspired the film, Sevey Morton.

Dr. Leonie H. Mattison Ed.D, President and CEO of Pacifica Graduate Institute, a renowned graduate school of clinical psychology, counseling, depth psychology and the humanities. She is also an author of inspirational books focused on transformational trauma recovery.

Dr. Roland Rotz Ph.D, acclaimed licensed psychologist and Director of the Lifespan Development Center, specializing in Anxiety, ADHD, Learning Disabilities trauma and depression. His book, Fidget to Focus is a groundbreaking guide to sensory strategies for living with ADHD.

Dr. Andrea Kulberg Ph.D, an eminent licensed psychologist, focusing on the treatment of anxiety-spectrum problems and the Clinical Director of Anxiety Experts, an outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment facility with clinics in Santa Monica, Ventura, Montecito, and Goleta.

Dr. Melissa Flanigan PsyD, highly experienced clinician and Clinical Director of Mission Harbor, Santa Barbara based treatment facility that provides intensive outpatient treatment of mental health issues, substance abuse issues and impulse control disorders.

At the helm of Pacifica Graduate Institute, Dr. Leonie H. Mattison (Dr. Lee) serves as President and CEO, guiding an institution defined by transformative education, research innovation, and culturally responsive care for the soul in the world—a mission she has upheld throughout her distinguished career. With leadership experience spanning higher education, non-profit, government, and the private sector, Dr. Lee has innovated organizational and talent development structures, overhauled learning institutions to enhance student access and employee engagement, and spearheaded national public health research and initiatives to improve health outcomes.

Inspired by depth psychological and spiritual approach to trauma recovery, she ingeniously fashioned the T.H.R.E.A.D. healing toolkit following a near-death stroke. The toolkit with its six step T.H.R.E.A.D framework—Think outcomes, Harvest lessons, Release pain, Enlist allies, Adopt a new mindset, Dream of a new self—serves as a transformative guide for self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. Infused with the essence of soulful well-being, it empowers individuals not only to recover but to thrive in life’s journey.

Dr. Mattison is an author, mother, and the first Black woman to lead an institution dedicated to depth psychological and psychodynamic domains. Her bold vision for Pacifica is to make depth psychology universally accessible. She consistently demonstrates her commitment to access, equity, and support for survivors to heal from trauma, invoking joy, faith, and resilience to fulfill her calling. An advocate for student success, women in leadership, and diversity in higher education, Dr. Lee embodies a commitment to caring for the world’s soul one individual at a time.