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Vanessa Holtgrave, Psy.D.

Psychology | Adjunct Faculty

Psy.D. in Clinical and Forensic Psychology (2015), Edward A. Bouchet Honors – The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
B.S. in Psychology, Minor in Sociology (2003); Psi Chi Honors – Southern Illinois University; Edwardsville
Vanessa obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Southern Illinois University. She also attended the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) where she obtained a Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical-Forensic Psychology. Her doctoral dissertation research was in forensic psychology with a focus on police personality (Napa County Sheriff's Office). While attending CSPP, she was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet society as a doctoral scholar (Yale – Doctoral Honors). She completed formal doctoral training through Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Children's Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (CAPIC formal assessment site) where she focused primarily on juvenile court assessments.

Vanessa has 15+ years of experience working in mental health and approximately 4 years working as a professor/lecturer. Currently she also work as the primary clinical evaluator on a forensic team with Santa Barbara County Department of Mental Health with Probation/Parole offenders and assisting with Veteran’s Treatment Court. She spent the last several years conducting child and adult assessments in a private practice setting (both neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic). She has worked on crisis teams that focus on determining whether or not community members meet California State legal criteria for involuntary psychiatric placements. Her areas of interest are in forensic psychology (police psychology; targeted violence; risk assessment; correctional psychology), child psychology (therapy and psychological assessment) and psychopharmacology and diagnosis.