Shannon Wasley, PsyD
Dr. Wasley is the Campus Director of the Office of Placement & Training. She graduated from the Clinical Forensic PsyD program at TCSPP in 2015 and began teaching as an adjunct in that program in 2016. She transitioned to the Associate Director of Training for the Applied Clinical program in 2017 and has also worked with the Clinical Forensic PsyD students in practicum placement. Prior to entering the field of psychology, Dr. Wasley worked in various areas of emergency management including medical and disaster response and has provided trainings in earthquake, fire, and lockdown procedures for K-12 students. Her dissertation focused on bullying and cyberbullying and she has provided workshops for parents, students, law enforcement, and campus security teams on this material. She has also given presentations at conferences and via webinars on topics related to active shooters and stalking. In her spare time, Dr. Wasley works with a Los Angeles-based animal rescue group as an adoption coordinator and matches shelter dogs with potential adopters.
Directors of Clinical Training (DCTs)
Sarah Livermore, MA, LMFT
Sarah Livermore is the Director of Clinical Training for the MFT and M.A. Forensic/PCC programs at our Anaheim and San Diego campuses. Sarah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified EMDR Therapist. Sarah's passions include supporting foster children and families, educating the public about trauma and the impacts of trauma on the body and brain, providing treatment for PTSD and trauma with EMDR therapy, and helping people in every stage of life have healthy and fulfilling relationships.
Beatriz “Tica” Lopez, PhD
Tica Lopez, PhD, is the Director of Clinical Training and an Associate Professor in the Clinical PsyDProgram at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Anaheim campus. Prior to starting her position at TCSPP in 2019, Dr. Lopez was the Director of Clinical Training and an Associate Professor at the American School of Professional Psychology, Clinical PsyD program at Argosy University, Orange County campus since 2003. Dr. Lopez holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, and she received her Ph.D.in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Los Angeles campus. Dr. Lopez's areas of expertise include clinical training of graduate students in psychology and multicultural mental health. Dr. Lopez received a certification as a treatment specialist for diverse populations. In addition, Dr. Lopez maintains a private practice in the city of Fullerton. Dr. Lopez is a licensed psychologist in the state of California. Dr. Lopez's main areas of interest include multicultural mental health, clinical training of graduate students, and adult treatment of trauma.
Laura Prescott, PsyD
Dr. Prescott received her undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and her doctoral degree from Loma Linda University. She has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 2010. She trained and worked in such settings as college counseling centers, outpatient mental health clinics, field-based mental health agencies, and inpatient psychiatric facilities. Dr. Prescott has served as a therapist, supervisor, practicum training director, and instructor. She is currently the Director of Clinical Training and an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psy.D. Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. Some of her areas of interest include human sexuality, clinical training and supervision, teaching pedagogy, the psychology of creativity and the arts, eating disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, geropsychology, and college students.
Ian Rosen, PhD
Dr. Rosen is a core faculty member with the Industrial-Organizational/Business Psychology Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles Campus). He teaches courses in all specialties within the Department and his research interests include multiple aspects of Leadership, Organizational Culture, Change Management, Performance Management and Employee Engagement. Additionally, Dr. Rosen brings his wealth of experience working within and consulting with Fortune 500 Organizations as well as Government entities to the classroom and his supervision of doctoral research.
Cynthia Stern, MFT
In pursuit of my mission of helping others, I work in the Office of Placement and Training as an Associate Director of Clinical Training helping MA Forensic and MFT students through their practicum experience, while also teaching for the MFT department. Additionally, I am a Licensed MFT and have a private practice in Studio City where I work to support couples, families, and individuals struggling with relationship and personal challenges. My love for education and involvement in the TCSPP community extends to my role as a student where I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. After earning my master's degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Saint Mary's University, I was fortunate to identify a pathway of combining my interests of marriage and family therapy and business. Lastly, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and being outdoors.
Ellen Vaca, PhD
Ellen Vaca is the Director of Clinical Training for the Applied Behavior Analysis department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Southern California. She received her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from TCSPP in 2015. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis through TCSPP. Ellen's professional work has been developing interventions and school-based programs for individuals with varying developmental disabilities and mental health needs (ages 18 months to 35 years). She has worked as a BCBA in a variety of settings including home-based, community integration, private schools, school districts, and non-public schools. Her current interests are include the use of behavior analysis with the emotional disturbance population, severe problem behavior reduction, and skill acquisition programming with adolescents and adults.
Erika Widera, PsyD
Erika Widera, Psy.D. is the Associate Director of Clinical Training and an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Widera completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology, Criminology and Law Studies, and German at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She participated in the Social Psychology Master's program at San Diego State for one year before transferring to the Doctoral Clinical Psychology program at Argosy University, Orange County. Dr. Widera completed an APA accredited internship with the San Bernardino County, Department of Behavioral Health; graduated from Argosy University, Orange County with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Forensic Psychology; and completed her post-doctoral training at The Control Center Intensive Outpatient Program for the treatment of dual diagnosis in Beverly Hills, California. Following her post-doctoral training, she worked again for the San Bernardino County, Department of Behavioral Health at West Valley Detention Center and has, for the past 6 years, been involved in a private group practice conducting neuropsychological assessment with children, adolescents, and adults. During her education, training, and employment, Dr. Widera has specialized in working with chronic and severe mental illness, substance use disorders, behavioral disorders, and forensic populations. Additionally, she has made neuropsychological, cognitive, and personality assessment a focus of her practice in psychology. Currently, Dr. Widera is a California licensed psychologist and is part of a group practice specializing in neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Widera teaches courses in the areas of cognitive, personality, and integrative assessment and in diagnostic seminar. She also oversees the Training Department through coordinating practicum and internship placements.
Adrienne Sullivan, PsyD
Dr. Adrienne Sullivan is the Director of Clinical Training and an Assistant Professor for the Applied Clinical PsyD Program southern California campuses. Prior to starting her position as the DCT in October 2020, Dr. Sullivan served as a Special Education Administrator and was a special education teacher for 13 years within K-12 public schools. She graduated from the Applied Clinical PsyD program at TCSPP in 2016 and earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2010 at TCSPP. She specializes in working with children and adolescents with developmental and neurological disabilities. Her interests include diversity, child advocacy, mindfulness and animal rights.