Spring tulips


Spring Quarter & COVID-19

Wow! Who could have imagined we would need to practice physical distancing during spring quarter? While this is a challenging time, we can all be comforted by the thought that humans are very resilient and that we will get through this. One of the characteristics that we look for in behavioral health professionals is cognitive flexibility, and this is one of these times where we realize how useful this really is. With that being said, please remember your own self-care.
Heather Saenz teaches a group of EMTs

alumni, child life, counseling and family sciences

Alumni Feature: Heather Saenz, MS, CCLS

When a child experiences an injury or illness that requires an ambulance ride to a hospital, it can be a traumatic event. Often, pre-hospital providers such as paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) have minimal knowledge of traumatic stress in children. They haven’t been trained in utilizing coping techniques or the provision of psychosocial care to pediatric patients and their families. Alumna Heather Saenz is working to change this.
Dr. Maya Boustani and student Jaynish Hazari at the 2019 ABCT national conference

psychology, research

Dr. Boustani presents web-based virtual health agent for motivational interviewing at national conference

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies is a multidisciplinary organization that aims to enhance the health and well-being of individuals by advancing the science of understanding, assessing, preventing, and treating human problems through the use of behavioral, cognitive, and biological evidence-based principles. Every year, members of ABCT meet for a national conference. This year, the conference was held in Atlanta. Dr. Maya Boustani presented her collaborative work with Dr.
group of trainees with SBH faculty

CRM, Trauma Team, global mental health, global service

#FlashbackFriday: International Behavioral Health Trauma Team offers community resiliency training to St. Vincent & the Grenadines

In December of 2013, the small island nation of St. Vincent suffered a devastating flood. With only a handful of psychiatrists and psychologists supporting the entire nation, access to behavioral health was limited and the government soon realized that it would need to train some of its citizens in crisis response. In February 2014, with support from the government of Saint Vincent, the Seventh-day Adventist Church St.
Claire Muldrew, LCSW

Trauma Team, alumni, social work

Alumni Feature: Claire Muldrew, LCSW

Bridging Two Shores The Loma Linda University International Behavioral Health Trauma Team is currently working with local members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ireland to provide training on the Community Resiliency Model® (CRM). Alumna Claire Muldrew has contributed to these efforts. Claire graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health's MSW program in 2015. Originally from a small rural village in Northern Ireland, she completed her undergraduate degree at Brunel University in London, England.
Dr. Nicholas J. Rockwood, PHD, MAS, MA

faculty, interdisciplinary studies

Dr. Nicholas Rockwood appointed to Division of Interdisciplinary Studies

The School of Behavioral Health is pleased to welcome one of our newest faculty members, Dr. Nicholas Rockwood. Dr. Rockwood is now working in the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, specializing in quantitative research. He will be collaborating on projects with all three SBH departments in addition to teaching and lecturing. Dr. Rockwood's unique specialization will enhance and contribute to the current research occurring within the School. Dr.
SBH trainers and trainees in Samoa

CRM training, global mental health, global service, samoa

Teaching to Learn and Learning to Teach: A Summer in Samoa

It was apparent from the moment we stepped off the plane at Faleolo International Airport in Samoa that we were entering another world. A small nation comprised of six islands in the South Pacific approximately halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, Samoa is stunningly, impossibly green. Arriving on the island was like stepping into a postcard. Even after a sleepless night on an 11-hour red-eye flight and a half-day layover in Fiji, it was striking to see the lush, tropical landscape encroaching on and contrasting against a modern airport.
Dr. Bridgette J. Peteet, PhD, MA

faculty, psychology

Dr. Bridgette Peteet joins Psychology faculty

The Department of Psychology welcomed its newest faculty member this autumn: Dr. Bridgette Peteet from Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Peteet has resided in Cincinnati for the past 18 years and was previously an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati. Her dissertation focused on intergenerational substance abuse among families in the suburb of Lincoln Heights. She has a major interest in studying minorities who are substance abusing, along with testing and designing effective treatment interventions for this population. While at UC, Dr.
Phi Alpha honor society members and faculty advisor with awards.

Phi Alpha Iota Pi, awards, social work

Social Work honor society again earns national recognition for their commitment to service

The Department of Social Work and Social Ecology’s honor society, Iota Pi, has a commitment both to academic excellence and to serving the local community. Iota Pi is affiliated with the national Phi Alpha Honor Society, which consists of more than 400 university chapters. This year, Iota Pi was again chosen as the Phi Alpha Chapter Service Award Winner for its philanthropic work—their 6th time receiving this award, and their 5th year in a row. They will be receiving a cash award along with a plaque honoring their outreach.
Tori Dang, MSW, Class of 2018

alumni, social work

Alumni Feature: Tori Dang, MSW

Tori Dang graduated from the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology in June 2018 with her Master of Social Work degree. In addition to her academic studies, Tori was instrumental in providing philanthropic work to the local community as President of the Iota Pi chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society for the 2017-18 academic year. Born in Vung Tau, Vietnam, Tori understood the importance of helping others from a very early age, especially with regard to the impact of trauma on people's lives.