Melissa Gondek, PhD
Clinical & Educational Psychologist

About Me
After earning my B.A. in Experimental Psychology from UCSB (1977) and my Masters Degree in Psychology/School Psychology and Pupil Personnel Credential from California State University, Northridge (1979), I began my career as a School Psychologist. During my 25 year tenure with three different California public school systems (including Oak Park Unified School District here in Ventura County), I worked with children of all ages (infants to 22 years of age) with a variety of handicapping conditions including: ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Communication Handicaps, Spectrum Disorders,  Emotional Disturbance, Visual Handicaps, Hard of Hearing and Deaf, mental retardation, and orthopedic handicaps.  

As a school psychologist and member of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals,  I conducted over 2500 psychoeducational evaluations and developed Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Accommodation Plans for identified students. Additionally, I provided counseling services for students struggling with academic and social problems. I  worked closely with parents/families to assist them in implementing changes--in the home setting--that would lead to greater academic success for their children. While serving as a school psychologist,  I was trained in Behavior Intervention and served as a Behavior Intervention Specialist for over two decades. In 1982, I became a board certified Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) and maintained a private practice in addition to my work as a school psychologist. 

In 2003, I returned to school and entered a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. I completed my PhD in 2008.  I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist and have four years of additional training in psychoanalytic/psychodyanamic psychotherapy.  I received this training at the Wright Institute of Los Angeles as a pre-doctoral intern and at Reiss Davis Child Study Center in Los Angeles as a Post-doctoral Fellow.  

Retired from the public school system, I now divide my time between my private practice in Westlake, supervising future clinicians, and teaching.  I'm on the faculty at California Lutheran University, Loyola Marymount University in Westchster, and Antioch University, Santa Barbara. 

EDUCATION

PhD Clinical Psychology--Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA
M.A., Psychology/School Psychology--California State University, Northridge
B.A., Experimental Psychology--University of California, Santa Barbara

CREDENTIALS, LICENSES & CERTIFICATES

Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY23451
Licensed Educational Psychologist LEP1337
Pupil Personnel Credential (Life)
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Certificate, Wright Institute

WORK EXPERIENCE

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Educational Psychologist -- Private Practice
School Psychologist - Oak Park Unified (1998-2005), Moreno Valley Unified (1986 to 1998), San Bernardino Unified (1979-1986)

CLINICAL TRAINING

Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, Los Angeles - Two- Year Postdoctoral Fellow
Specializing in Child, Adolescent psychotherapy and parent work
Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with an emphasis on play therapy techniques

Wright Institute, Los Angeles - Two-Year Predoctoral Internship
Specializing in Adult psychotherapy using a psychoanalytic / psychodynamic approach
 

TEACHING

California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA
Adjunct Faculty
Graduate Psychology Department
Courses: Law and Ethics, Psychoharmacology,Testing and Measurement,
Psychopathology, History and Systems, Life Span Development, and Gender and Sexuality

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
Adjunct Faculty-School Psychology/Educational Psychology Program
Educational Support Services 
Courses: School Psychology Intern Seminar and Field Supervision  

Antioch University Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Adjunct Faculty
PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology
Courses: Cognitive Assessment; Neuropsychological Assessment