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Department of Counseling and Family Sciences

Dayanne "Danna" Carter, MS, LMFT

Danna is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and a PhD student in the Marital and Family Therapy program at Loma Linda University. Originally from Brazil, she moved to San Diego in 2007 to pursue her graduate studies and earned a Masters of Science in Counseling at San Diego State University in 2010. She worked as a Research Assistant at SDSU’s Center for Community Engagement, providing psychotherapy services to individuals, families, and couples utilizing narrative practices. Also after licensure, she provided clinical supervision at CCCE to graduate students as an AAMFT-approved Supervisor Candidate. Danna worked at a local children’s hospital in the outpatient setting for the past five years. Her clinical work focused on children and adolescents exhibiting high-risk behaviors such as self-harm and suicidality while utilizing evidence-based interventions and trauma informed care. Her research interests include clinical training, pet assisted interventions, cross-cultural teaching collaboration, and documentation practices in psychotherapy.

Sheldon Smith, MDiv

Sheldon is a doctoral student currently pursuing a PhD in Family Studies. Previously, he studied at Andrews University, where he completed a Masters in Divinity with an emphasis in Family Life. His research interest is in the area of fathers and their interaction and engagement with their families. For his dissertation, his focus is on post-incarcerated fathers and their re-entry experiences as they transition into parenting roles. Presently, he contract teaches in the School of Religion at LLU, in both the relational and theological areas. Sheldon also serves his church community as Family Life Director and is happily married to Calcine. They are co-parents of three children--Michael, Joshua, and Aleah. In his spare time, Sheldon likes to read, play soccer, watch movies, and have a great time with his family. Additionally, he likes to preach and conduct Family Life seminars on various issues affecting the family.

Department of Psychology

Meredith Dennis

Meredith is a PhD student with a clinical focus in Child Psychology. She is from Lakewood, CA and received her BA in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach where she did research examining how perinatal depression affects developmental outcomes during early childhood. For the last 5 years, Meredith has worked as a behavior therapist for children with autism providing a variety of services to families. As part of her experience serving special needs children, she was given the opportunity to live and work in Istanbul, Turkey for a family affected by autism. When she's not at school, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking with her dogs, and loves to travel.

Spring Johnson, MA

Spring is a PhD student with a clinical focus in Neuropsychology. She received a BA in psychology with a minor in English, and spent 8 years as a certified public high school educator teaching classes in English, psychology, and sociology, and was honored as a Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction. Spring’s research interests include cognitive decline due to traumatic brain injury, stroke, or dementia, and rehabilitation of cognitive abilities after neurological insult. In addition, Spring provides educational community presentations on epilepsy development, recognition, and first-aid through the Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County.

Pamela V. Lorenzo, MA

Pamela is a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program with a neuropsychology concentration. In 2014, she received her master of arts degree from Loma Linda University. She is currently working on her thesis that observes the effects of a proton radiation and a pomegranate enriched-diet. She is involved in Dr. Richard Hartman’s Behavioural Neuroscience Lab. She is involved in the Peer Mentor program in the Department of Psychology along with being a coordinator for the San Bernardino Local Brain Bee.

Britan Moore, MA

Britan is a Clinical Psychology PhD student. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include studying differences in brain activity between individuals with personality disorders, particularly Antisocial Personality Disorder, and healthy controls as well as the progression of conduct disorder in children to Antisocial Personality Disorder in adulthood. Britan is also currently involved in a project examining the impact of proactive coping skills on nurses working in the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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