Curriculum Vitae

Education

Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Brooklyn, NY Sep 2011-Sep 2016

Dissertation Title: Intrapsychic reciprocity between the caregiving and attachment behavioral systems

New York University

B.A. in History, Fine Arts minor, New York, NY Sep 2002-May 2006

Clinical Experience

Liz Gustafson Psychotherapy

Clinical Psychologist, PSY 29510, Los Angeles, CA, Sep 2017-Present

Provide therapy to adults coming in with a range of emotional difficulties. I specialize in trauma and toxic relationship recovery.

Reiss-Davis Child Study Center

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Los Angeles, CA, Sep 2016-Aug 2017

Conducted child therapy and separate parenting sessions with low income families. I attended seminars on working with parents, play therapy, psychodynamic developmental theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and conducting psychological assessments.

Anne Ruane Psychotherapy

Psychological Assistant, Los Angeles, CA, Aug 2016- Sep 2017

Provided individual therapy to adolescents and adults. I also developed and led a year-long therapy group for adults who had had traumatic experiences.

Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Medical Center

Psychology intern, Los Angeles, CA, Aug 2015-Aug 2016

Conducted individual and family therapy with clients aged 7-84. Participated in the Eating Disorder Clinic, including working within individual and group modalities, conducting eating disorder assessments, and participating in weekly Eating Disorder Team Meetings. Co-led the following therapy groups: ADHD Workshop, Adult Anorexia and Bulimia, Coping Skills Ages 7-10, Distress Tolerance for Eating Disorders, Emotional Over Eaters, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Workshop Ages 0-12. Performed psychological assessments to determine diagnoses such as for ADHD, autism, bipolar disorders, and more. Conducted departmental intakes and helped clients determine their appropriate treatment plan.

New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Women’s CBT Inpatient Unit

Psychology Extern, Westchester, NY, Jul 2014 – Jul 2015

Led three daily CBT-focused psychotherapy groups on an in-patient unit for 4-20 patients. Provided brief individual psychotherapy as needed to clarify CBT concepts and provide emotional support for patients suffering from psychotic, mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.

Mount Sinai World Trade Center Mental Health Program

Psychology Extern, New York, NY, Jul 2013-Jun 2014

Provided weekly psychotherapy for 9/11 first responders who presented with PTSD, mood disordres, personality disorders, and thought disorders. Co-led weekly DBT skills group. Conducted intakes with staff psychiatrist to assess diagnosis, 9/11-relatedness of presenting problems, and treatment planning. Performed assessments for complicated presentations to clarify diagnosis, 9/11 relatedness, and treatment recommendations.

Long Island University Psychological Services Center

Staff Psychotherapy, Brooklyn, NY, Sep 2012-May 2015

Engaged in weekly and bi-weekly psychotherapy sessions with undergraduate and graduate clients presenting with a range of mood disorders, trauma histories, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders. Conducted psychological assessments to assist other clinicians with treatment planning.

The Jewish Child Care Association                 

PhD Extern, Brooklyn, NY, Sept 2011-Aug 2012

Administered cognitive and personality assessments to foster children aged 7-19 and provided assessment reports and verbal feedback to social workers and psychotherapists. Co-led psychotherapy groups for foster children between the ages of 8-11 and 14-19 presenting with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, developmental disorders, and behavioral disorders. Performed clinical interviews and provided both written reports and verbal feedback on the psychological needs of clients aged 9-20. Completed training focused on improving communication with and providing emotional support for youth at risk.

The Samaritans of New York, Suicide Hotline

Program Assistant, New York, NY, Jan 2010-Aug 2011

Supervised volunteers on calls and provided additional assistance on challenging calls. Assisted with volunteer recruitment, training, and assessment. Conducted volunteer observations and evaluations according to hotline models.

The Samaritans of New York, Suicide Hotline

Phone Operator, New York, NY, Jun 2009-Jan 2010

Provided support and safety planning to callers at a suicide hotline.

Research Experience

Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus

Doctoral Candidate, Brooklyn, NY, May 2014-Jun 2016

Designed and conducted a dissertation study using an experimental design to assess Bowlby’s theory that only one behavioral system can be activated at a time. Supraliminally primed 240 participants for attachment needs followed by a caregiving behavioral system prime for an experimental group. Then presented participants with a Me/Not Me-like paradigm to assess whether participants’ attachment and caregiving behavioral system schemas were simultaneously activated. Found significant results in two large samples.

Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus

Co-Principal Investigator, Brooklyn, NY, Sep 2014

Analyzed archival data from 308 North American and Asian participants who completed the Experiences in Close Relationships Scale – Revised and the Pathological Narcissism Inventory. Examined the relationship between attachment styles and narcissistic subtypes with culture as a moderator.

Weil Cornell Medical Center

Research Assistant, New York, NY Jan 2013-May 2014

Recruited, screened, and scheduled appointments with participants with borderline personality disorder for fMRI study. Conductinterviews and neurocognitive tasks.

Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus

Lead Clinic Research Assistant, Brooklyn, NY Sep 2013-May 2015

Supervised ten research assistants. Trained staff clinicians in data entry procedures. Created and oversaw new data entry processes for ten years’ worth of clinic patients. Created new systems for distributing self-report measures and storing treatment audio recordings.