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Melissa Gondek, PhD
Clinical & Educational Psychologist
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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 have been an adjunct facilty member at Loyola Marymount University since 2012 where I serve as a university field supervisor and instructor for 3rd year school psychology interns.  I have been an adjunct faculty member at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks since 2009 in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program.  


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


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


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)


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


California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA
Adjunct Faculty
Graduate Psychology Department
Courses: Law and Ethics, Psychopharmacology,Psychological 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