Dr. Meghan Moody, Psy.D.

Psychologist, PSY21354

Education, Training, & Experiences

Nowadays the demands of life lead many people to feel considerable stress. Whether you are an adult or child, you may feel overwhelmed, anxious, isolated, stuck, confused. Maybe you are dealing with a major life transition, have conflict in your relationships, or are struggling at work or school. Perhaps you're at a crossroads and don't know which way to turn. If my profile connects with you, please reach out. Change is possible and help is here. You are taking an important step in making time for you or your loved one's well-being.

I'm a proactive therapist who tailors the treatment to your specific needs. A collaborative approach and good match between you and your therapist are the essential components of healing and change. My commitment is to be sensitive to your unique situation and to provide an open-minded perspective to help you learn to think, feel, and grow in new ways.

I have an approachable style, and people I work with comment that I am "down to earth," "open," and "easy to talk to." I have years of experience helping kids, teens, adults, couples, and families. I'm an engaging, dynamic therapist, and I look forward to meeting you!

EDUCATION

Dr. Meghan Moody earned her Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree with a child and adolescent emphasis from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University. CSPP is an innovator of professional psychology training and studies in the state of California. In 1969, it was the first free-standing professional school of psychology in the nation, filling California psychologists’ need for clinical training as opposed to solely research-based studies. Prior to the advent of CSPP, 90% of California psychologists were receiving clinical training out-of-state. A strong commitment to multiculturalism sets CSPP apart. Today there are four APA accredited campuses across the state. In 1995, Dr. Moody completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Geography.

GRADUATE & POST-GRADUATE TRAINING

Dr. Moody has achieved training in a wide variety of therapeutic approaches and with the full spectrum of clients.

  • Wright Institute Los Angeles – In-depth psychoanalytic psychotherapy studies and training with adults and couples.

  • Julia Ann Singer Center at Vista Del Mar – Family therapy and play therapy programs, psychological testing and assessment. Children, adolescents, and families served.

  • San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center – Community mental health with under-served and chronically mentally ill adults.

  • Atrium Workers’ Compensation – Medical-Legal psychiatric evaluations with injured workers.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AS A LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Utilizing and expanding on her breadth and depth of training experience, Dr. Moody has developed a diverse psychology practice.

  • Family Resource Counseling Center – Associate Director; Psychotherapy with individual children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families; psychological testing in AD/HD, learning disorders, personality and mood disorders, adoption readiness, and for weight loss surgery patients; supervision of psychological assistants; consultation and professional development; in-service presentations to schools and businesses.

  • Private Practice – Clinical Psychologist; Serving children, adolescents, couples, and families; psychological testing and assessment; specializing in amicable divorce, conflict resolution, men and depression, grief, and substance abuse/addiction.

  • Foundations Treatment Centers – Associate Director; Psychological evaluations and treatment for injured workers, supervision, report writing, marketing.

  • Atrium Workers’ Compensation – Evaluator, Clinical Psychologist; Medical-Legal psychiatric evaluation for injured workers.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

PUBLICATIONS

  • The Los Angeles Psychologist. Meghan Moody, Psy.D., Editor/Co-editor. November 2006 –present. This is the Los Angeles Psychological Association’s bi-monthly periodical.

  • Childhood Traumatic Grief as a Result of Parental Suicide. Doctoral Project Academic Advisor to Jennifer Chrisman, Psy.D.

  • Music and its interplay with emotions, personality, and social identity: Implications for assessment. Doctoral Project Field Consultant to Carlos Protzel, Psy.D.

  • Attachment theory: Cultural implications in the Persian-American community. Doctoral Project Field Consultant to Kimia Ghassemy, Psy.D.

  • Gange, J. (1997).  Hikers Guide to the Mountains of New Hampshire, Huntington, VT: Huntington Graphics. (Moody, Meghan.  Credited for research.)

  • Moody, M. Q. (1996).  “Raven,” Forever and a Day, Washington, D.C.: National Library of Poetry.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Creating and Maintaining Healthy Friendships. Presented to students at St. Monica’s High School. Jan. 14 and 15, 2009.

  • Red ribbon week: Drug and alcohol safety and awareness. Presented to students at St. Monica’s High School. Oct. 22, 2008.

  • School Mental Health Day. An open forum discussion with 10th grade girls about common teen issues. Presented to Notre Dame Academy, Mar. 22, 2007.

  • Coping with adolescent stress: Helping parents understand their teenagers. Presented to the Brentwood School, Feb. 21, 2007.

  • Working with suicidal clients:  Considerations for treatment, law, and ethics in the mental health profession. Presented to the Julia Ann Singer Center, Aug. 11, 2004.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND LEADERSHIP

  • Co-Editor: The Los Angeles Psychologist, January 2009 – present

  • Editor: The Los Angeles Psychologist, November 2006 – December 2008

  • MusiCares Special Events Volunteer

  • Student Mentor at Thoreau High School, Woodland Hills, CA

  • Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND) Family Adoption Program

  • Volunteers In Action Child Mentor Program

  • California Public Interest Research Group

  • Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group