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UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry Allied Mental Health Professions' Clinical Training

Clinical Training Mission

As part of its clinical teaching mission, the Department of Psychiatry has educational affiliations approved through the UC San Diego Allied Professional Health Education Committee (APHEC) with the following universities:

  • Alliant International University's California School for Professional Psychology
  • California State University at San Marcos, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track
  • California State University at San Marcos, School of Social Work
  • San Diego State University, School of Social Work
  • University of San Diego, Marital and Family Therapy Program and Nurse Practitioner Program
  • University of Southern California, School of Social Work

This training is available to students enrolled in the specific Graduate Programs listed above. To obtain information on how to apply for these placements contact the Field Liaison Coordinator at the Graduate Program.

Training for Mental Health Professionals

The Department provides clinical training for graduate students in:

  • Marital and family therapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Nurse practitioner


Clinical Experience

  • Trainees generally spend nine months to one year on one of the specialty Clinical Services of the Department.
  • Provide services to patients under the direct supervision of our professional licensed staff and clinical faculty.
  • Students gain experience in evaluation and diagnosis
  • Best practices in individual, group, family and couples therapy
  • Case management
  • On-going seminars are taught by clinical faculty and staff of the Department.

2015–16 UC San Diego Clinical Sites

  • Bariatric Metabolic Institute
  • Center for Pain Medicine
  • Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) Treatment Program
  • Eating Disorders Program at La Jolla Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research
  • Gifford Clinic
  • Psychiatry and Psychosocial Services Moores Cancer Center
  • Regional Burn Center
  • Senior Behavioral Health

Our Trainers & Trainees

Veronica Cardenas, Ph.D.

Veronica Cardenas, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Training and Education
Psychiatry and Psychosocial Services; Moore's Cancer Center

Patricia A. Judd, Ph.D.

Patricia A. Judd, Ph.D.
Training Director Coordinator
UCSD Gifford Clinic and COD Program

Leslie Karwoski Anderson, Ph.D.

Leslie Karwoski Anderson, Ph.D.
Training Director
UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center

Arpi Minassian, Ph.D.

Arpi Minassian, Ph.D.
Training Director
Regional Burn Center

Jessie Park, Psy.D.

Jessie Park, Psy.D.
Training Coordinator
UCSD Center for Pain Medicine
The Bariatric Metabolic Institute (BMI)