Providers and administrators of the Sickle Cell Center on the LLU campus

collaboration, counseling and family sciences, research

Dr. Zephon Lister receives grant to improve quality of life for patients at new Sickle Cell Center

Through an interdisciplinary and collaborative effort, Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) recently received a $500,000 state grant to fund the development of a Sickle Cell Center. The Center seeks to provide the highest standard of care for adults with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) within the Inland Empire region. Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) is one of ten sites in the state of California to receive this grant. Nearly 100,000 people in the United States live with Sickle Cell Disease—a rare, inherited blood disease that primarily impacts African- and Hispanic-Americans.
Welcome Back Bash attendees pick up cotton candy at the SBH booth


Welcome back, SBH students!

Welcome to the new school year! This year is our largest incoming class in the history of the School of Behavioral Health, and we are so excited that you have chosen Loma Linda University Health as your academic partner in success. For many of you, this is your first time on campus. It was so wonderful to meet some of you during our orientation and Welcome Back Bash. Instead of running from this nation's mental health needs, you felt a call to help those in need in our local and global communities.
Sleeping teen

psychology, research

Researchers aim to study impact of melatonin use in teens with sleep problems—now enrolling participants

Inadequate pediatric sleep is a major public health concern, especially for adolescents.1-3  In fact, about 70% of teens in the United States routinely sleep less than the 8 to 10 hours recommended by experts.4  These rates are particularly alarming considering poor and insufficient sleep is linked to impaired academic performance5, lower cognitive functioning6,7, poor emotional regulation8,9, worse mental health10-13, and negative physical health consequences such as increased risk of obesity.14-17 There are several evidence-based behavioral interventions to optimize sleep in you
A participant shares her experience at the “Anonymous Friends” reveal Zoom party

covid19, research

Latinas share secrets to losing weight and staying healthy during the pandemic

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are sharing Latinas' personal insights into and recommendations for a healthy lifestyle following their participation in the Full Plate Living intervention. On March 12, 2020, the last of six program cohorts gathered for the last time in a crowded Moreno Valley classroom. Unbeknown to us all, that would be the very last time we would see each other again without masks covering our faces. Drastic changes and major program accommodations followed, forcing us to delay the final (cooking) class for months.
Lorraine Thompson, MA, EdS, PPS

counseling and family sciences, faculty

Professor Lorraine Thompson retires

Lorraine Thompson, MA, EdS, PPS, who served as School Counseling Field Experience Coordinator in the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences, retired at the end of June. She had filled this role since 2015. Before joining the CFS department, Professor Thompson worked as a school psychologist for the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Later she moved to Loma Linda Academy, where she served as a school psychologist, counselor, resource specialist, and vice-principal.
Dr. Heather Beeson, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Family Sciences

counseling and family sciences, faculty

Dr. Heather Beeson joins the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences

The School of Behavioral Health is pleased to welcome Heather Beeson, DMFT, MA, LMFT, one of our newest faculty members. Dr. Beeson is now working in the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences, where she will support the growth and learning of our Doctor of Marital and Family Therapy (DMFT) students. She is passionate about promoting the Doctor of Marital and Family Therapy program through research and teaching. Dr. Beeson has experience teaching in the areas of diversity, therapeutic treatment models, MFT administration, and systemic organizational consultation, among other topics.
Steven Mauro testifies before California State Senate

alumni, counseling and family sciences

Alumnus testifies before California State Senate on temporary professional licenses for military spouses

This past May, Travis Air Force Base leadership recognized me as one of a number of military spouses who are faced with complications due to California's professional licensure restrictions and regulations. Just one example of the complexities the life of a military spouse can have, these complexities are magnified when the military spouse maintains a professional license. As a licensed marriage and family therapist who is married to an active duty Air Force officer with the requirement to move every 2-4 years, looking for employment can feel like a game of Tetris.
person using laptop


2021 Diversifying Clinical Psychology Conference

On April 23, Dr. Holly Morrell attended the virtual 2021 Diversifying Clinical Psychology (DCP) Conference, which is held annually by the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology. One of the goals of this event is to highlight the research of undergraduates from underrepresented minority (URM) backgrounds who wish to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Students present posters on a number of topics, often related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).