SDPAGS Webinar Series
Learn about APA Doctoral Internships!
September 8, 2020
Registration closes 9/7/20
Internships are required to become a licensed psychologist. Applying for an internship can be a daunting time for students, but we’re here to help! Join this 1 hour webinar to learn more about the internship process. Our three panelists will provide invaluable information and advice for how students can tackle this experience with ease. Do you have a question about the internship process? Use the provided link to submit your question before the webinar.
Facilitator: Kathleen Giarratano
Dr. Tara Shumann (AIU CSPP Internship Coordinator)
Tara Shuman is an Assistant Professor in the PsyD program at Alliant International University. Dr. Shuman is a member of the CSPP Professional Training Committee and serves as the Internship Coordinator for the PsyD and PhD programs. Dr. Shuman received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Dr. Shuman completed her APA accredited clinical internship at the Kaiser Greater Los Angeles Medical Center and her two year postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Shuman has held positions as the Program Area Leader for Project Heal, the child trauma treatment and training program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics. She has practiced and trained clinicians in numerous evidence based interventions including Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Shuman has 18 years experience as an individual and group clinical supervisor for practicum students, CAPIC interns, APA interns and APA post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Shuman has presented on trauma treatment and clinical training at numerous national conferences. Dr. Shuman maintains a private practice providing intervention to children, adolescents, and young adults.
Dr. Veronica Perez (Clinical Perspective)
Dr. Veronica B. Perez is a California-licensed psychologist who has worked for over 20 years on the diagnostic assessment and treatment of severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia-spectrum diagnoses, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), borderline personality disorder (BPD), depression, and anxiety disorders. She conducts assessments for the prodrome of psychosis, aiming to identify individuals most at-risk for the development of a psychotic illness. Dr. Perez uses cognitive-behavioral therapies (e.g., CBT for Psychosis, CBSST (CBT+social skills), and CBT-Insomnia) for specialized psychiatric populations, and techniques from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for individuals and groups. Dr. Perez emphasizes the importance of working with the patient and their families to integrate new information through psychoeducation, to develop skills to address symptoms, and to capitalize on the strengths of the individual from a recovery model perspective.
Dr. Perez obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon, and completed her APA predoctoral internship at the UCSD/San Diego VA Consortium. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at UCSF identifying neurophysiological biomarkers for at-risk psychosis. She subsequently completed a MIRECC-VA funded fellowship where she used neurophysiological methods to assess cognitive training interventions in psychosis. Dr. Perez continues to examine the neurocognitive impairments that underlie the social disabilities in psychosis spectrum populations.
Dr. Allie Laurie (Intern Perspective)
Psychology is a second career for Allie Laurie, who sang as a classical concert soloist with orchestras and in plays and musicals for over two decades before training to become a psychologist. Allie graduated this spring with a PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University Los Angeles and has recently completed pre-doctoral internship at CSU San Marcos in its student health and counseling services. Allie has worked with unhoused clients, women transitioning from the prison system and their children, transitional-aged youth, and university students, especially first in their family to attend college, as well as middle-aged and older adults, including members of the LGBTQ+ community. Allie approaches his work from an integrated theoretical perspective employing a variety of treatment modalities, including mindfulness, LGBTQ-affirmative therapy, feminist therapy, superhero therapy and family systems in brief and long-term therapy. Allie’s doctoral dissertation study focused on differences in partner choice and sexual attitudes between partners in same and opposite-gender couples. In his spare time, Allie enjoys gardening, poetry, sci-fi novels, meditation, yoga, spaghetti with meatballs, and chocolate cake.