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  1   Witherspoon Ryan G. Witherspoon, M.A. Education Alliant International University California School of Professional Psychology Alhambra, CA Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology – APA Accredited Program Expected Spring 2018 Alliant International University California School of Professional Psychology Alhambra, CA Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Spring 2016 Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology Los Angeles, CA Master of Arts in Psychology Spring 2013 Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Orange, CA Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production Spring 2005 Supervised Clinical Experience Clinical Practicum Intern Santa Monica, CA WISE and Healthy Aging August 2016 – Present 20 hours per week ã   Conducts individual psychotherapy with a weekly caseload of 8 diverse older adult clients. ã   Co-facilitates an ongoing process and support group for older adult males. ã   Conducts in-home individual psychotherapy with some clients due to mobility/disability issues. ã   Administers and scores psychodiagnostic screening instruments. ã   Documents all clinical work using DMH criteria in an electronic record system (Clinitrak). ã   Consults with staff geropsychiatrist and participates in monthly case conferences with all staff. ã   Receives 2.5 hours of individual supervision weekly from licensed psychologists, as well as 2 hours of group supervision and 2 hours of weekly didactic seminars. Supervisors: Jennifer Levine, Psy.D., Francine Lederer, Psy.D., & Anahita Gheytanchi, Ph.D. Clinical Practicum Intern Whittier, CA Rio Hondo Community College August 2015 – June 2016 24 hours per week ã   Conducted individual psychotherapy with a weekly caseload of 13-16 diverse adult clients. ã   Evaluated and triaged clients in crisis, and conducted crisis intervention. ã   Worked with other interns to create, promote, and co-lead workshops and therapy groups. ã   Administered and scored cognitive ability and academic achievement assessments for students. ã   Conducted outreach efforts, including in-class presentations, workshops, educational materials, and engaged in on-campus promotional efforts for mental health. ã   Responsible for treatment planning, managing own schedule, caseload, administrative tasks. Supervisor: Denna Sanchez, Ph.D.  2   Witherspoon Clinical Assistant and Office Manager Los Angeles, CA Private Practice – Dr. Stephanie Mihalas    December 2013 – 9 - 24 hours per week August 2015 ã   Observed sessions with Dr. Mihalas and assisted clients and siblings under her direction.   ã   Assisted with play therapy, behavioral modification and social skills training as directed.   ã   Input intake reports and clinical session notes into Therapy Notes for review and approval.   ã   Scored all assessments, such as the BDI-II, CDI-S, RACMAS, Vanderbilt, and HSQ.   ã   Assisted in behavioral observations, triaging urgent calls, and received training from Dr. Mihalas in case conceptualization and treatment planning.   ã   Answered phones, books appointments, takes messages, drafts correspondence, filing, etc.   ã   Wrote blog posts, managed social media, and responded to reporter inquiries.  Family Support Services Fun Klub Leader  Los Angeles, CA Ronald McDonald House   June 2013 – August 2013 3 hours per week ã   Independently planned and implemented weekly activity groups (Fun Klubs). ã   Provided adjunctive support for seriously ill children and their families by helping create a supportive environment, supervising children during Fun Klubs, and helping provide doctoral interns greater uninterrupted access to parents and families. ã   Provided weekly recap and progress reports to FSS Coordinator. ã   Took part in weekly differentiation-focused email-based supervision with FSS Coordinator. Sexual Assault Advocate  Van Nuys, CA Valley Trauma Center    January 2012 – June 2013 7 hours per week ã    Volunteered weekly as a sexual assault advocate on a 24-hour sexual assault crisis hotline. ã   Trained to accompany sexual assault survivors to Valley Trauma Center's 24-hour forensic clinic, courts, police departments, or hospitals. ã   Provided crisis intervention services and referrals to additional resources. ã   Advocacy included identifying and researching services and following up with survivors. ã   Completed a 60-hour State-Certified Sexual Assault Advocate crisis intervention training. ã   Experienced with mandated reporting issues and suicide prevention. ã   Referred callers to local and national mental health resources and other VTC programs. ã   Attended monthly group supervision and bi-monthly in-service trainings. Research Experience Dissertation August 2015 - Present Title: Exploring Polyamorous Resilience and Strength Factors: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach ã   Dissertation proposes theoretical models of resilience and strength within polyamorous populations. ã   Within these models, four factors (mindfulness, cognitive flexibility, positive polyamorous identity, and connection to polyamorous community) will be assessed for their potential resilience and strength-enhancing effects. ã   An online sample of approximately 850 polyamorous-identified adults will be collected. ã   Theoretical models will be tested with structural equation modeling techniques.  3   Witherspoon ã   Dissertation proposal is currently being adapted into a theoretical/conceptual publication with assistance of dissertation chair. ã   Dissertation successfully proposed on 6/1/16. Chair: Peter S. Theodore, Ph.D. Research Assistant –Theodore R. Burnes, Ph.D. October 2013 – Present California School of Professional Psychology Alliant International University    ã   Wrote significant portions of two upcoming manuscripts, with co-authors Dr. Theodore Burnes and Dr. Anneliese Singh, which are currently under review for peer-reviewed publication.   ã   Independently organized and conducted an email survey of all counseling psychology doctoral program training directors in the US, with several rounds of follow-up.   ã   Co-authored and presented a symposium at a national convention based on findings.   ã   Prepared the Institutional Review Board (IRB) application under Dr. Burnes’ supervision.   ã   Collected articles, organized references for literature review, created outline and bibliography.  Research Assistant  –Peter S. Theodore, Ph.D. May 2013 – Present California School of Professional Psychology Alliant International University    ã   Employed on a large-scale multi-year grant-funded study examining bullying of LGBT students among Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) schools.   ã   Conducts validity checks between double-entered data sets to verify data integrity.   ã   Enters and grooms raw data as necessary. Identifies, researches and corrects discrepancies.   ã   Will be responsible for assisting PI with upcoming literature searches and reviews as needed.  Research Practicum Project February 2014 - June 2015 Title: Predictors of Perceived Stigmatization within Consensually Non-Monogamous Populations ã   Collected an online sample of 1,582 consensually non-monogamous (CNM) American adults. ã   Tested six hypotheses regarding the impacts of several participant and predictor variables (e.g., outness, CNM identity salience) on several outcome variables (e.g., stigma consciousness). ã   Statistical anlyses conducted included bivariate correlation, hierarchical multiple regression, MANOVA, ANOVA, as well as moderation and mediation tests. ã   Results presented at several professional conferences (e.g., APA) and are currently being written up for publication. Supervisor: Nicholas Noviello, Ph.D. Member, Research Advisory Committee March 2012 – Present Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) ã   Reviews research proposals for scientific/scholarly merit, ethics, and community benefit. ã   Writes reviews of proposals providing detailed feedback and endorsement recommendations. ã    Votes with other RAC members on final endorsement decision. ã   CARAS directly supports endorsed research projects via funding, activating relevant community resources, and assisting with outreach/publicity, recruitment, and feedback. Personal and Research Assistant August 2013 – Private Practice – Keely Kolmes  , Psy.D.  December 2015   ã   Researched, organized and assisted in creating documents related to CE presentations.   ã   Other duties included clerical/data entry, proofreading and formatting, and research projects.   ã   Worked independently and communicated proactively to accomplish assignments on time.    4   Witherspoon Project Manager  April 2012 – August 2013 The Center for Well Being    ã   Focused on the development of a novel mindfulness-based intervention for homeless adolescents, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN). ã   Worked closely with PI and LAYN Clinical Director to create a novel group intervention. ã   Heavily involved in creating methodology for a controlled, experimental efficacy study. ã   Co-authored intervention and study proposal which received LAYN and DCFS approval. ã   Supervised team of undergraduate research assistants. ã   Assisted in preparing documents for IRB submission. Research Assistant January 2011 – April 2012 The Center for Well Being    ã   Research focused on adolescent mental health, and bullying and teacher-student relationships. ã   Second author on a mixed-methods study accepted and published in a peer-reviewed journal. Pervasive involvement in all aspects of manuscript writing and preparation. ã   Authorship on multiple award-winning poster presentations. Co-presentations at a national conference. Invited presentations at local venues. ã   Experienced in qualitative analysis with the Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) method. ã   In-depth experience conducting and writing literature reviews. ã   Prepared and submitted proposals for local and national mental health conferences. ã   Assisted the principal researcher with quantitative analysis using SPSS and results write-up. ã   Worked collaboratively within a small-team framework. Publications Witherspoon, R.G. , & Theodore, P.S. (n.d.). Predictors of perceived stigmatization and discrimination within a consensually non-monogamous sample. Manuscript in preparation. Witherspoon, R.G. , & Theodore, P.S. (n.d.). A proposed model of polyamorous resilience. Manuscript in preparation. Theodore, P.S., Green, R.J., Chiasson, J., Witherspoon, R.G. , & Dilworth, S.E. (n.d.). LGBT curriculum reduces bullying and increases bystander intervention in a predominantly Latino sample. Manuscript in preparation. Kolmes, K. & Witherspoon, R.G.  (n.d.) Therapy with a consensually non-monogamous couple. Manuscript accepted for publication in Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session. Sprott, R.A., Randall, A., Davison, K., Cannon, N., & Witherspoon, R.G.  (2017) Alternative or non-traditional sexualities and therapies: A case report. Manuscript accepted for publication in Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session. Burnes, T.R., Singh, A.A., & Witherspoon, R.G.  (2017). Sex-positivity and counseling psychology: An introduction to the major contribution. Manuscript accepted for publication in The Counseling Psychologist. **Peer Reviewed**
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