The Wright Institute News & Events

The Soul in Depression: Dr. Anita Barrows on NPR

The Soul in Depression: Dr. Anita Barrows on NPR

See Dr. Barrow's professional biography here.

Dr. Anita Barrows Depression and anxiety have a common duality in spirituality and the human experience. Is the melancholy of depression akin to the fervor of love? This week, NPR examined this question in its “On Being” radio show and podcast. Along with Andrew Solomon, author of National Book Award winner, Noonday Demon, and Parker Palmer, Quaker author and educator, Wright Institute Clinical Psychology Program faculty member Dr. Anita Barrows spoke with host Krista Tippett.

Student Spotlight: Ian Salvage’s field placement at The Marina Counseling Center

Student Spotlight: Ian Salvage’s field placement at The Marina Counseling Center

For additional information on Marina Counseling Center click here.
See Ian's professional biography here.

Ian Salvage Ian Salvage, a second-year student in the Counseling Psychology Master’s Program at the Wright Institute, is completing his field placement at Marina Counseling Center in San Francisco, CA. The nonprofit provides therapy on a sliding fee scale to adults, couples, and families. It also serves as a training institute, guiding trainees and associates on how to build a private practice.

Richard Lichtman, Ph.D. 1931 - 2018

Richard Lichtman, Ph.D. 1931 - 2018


Dr. Richard Lichtman
Dear Wright Institute Community,

With great sadness we write to inform you of the passing of Professor Emeritus, Richard Lichtman, Ph.D. Dr. Lichtman passed away at home on Friday, just a few days short of his 87th birthday. He has been teaching at the Wright Institute since the early 1970s.

His Wright Institute web-page bio is very informative, as is a Tikkun obituary written by Wright Institute graduate, Rabbi Dr. Michael Lerner.

Alumni Interviews: Monika Parikh

Alumni Interviews: Monika Parikh

Monika had fifteen years of experience working with survivors of human trafficking when she enrolled in the Counseling Psychology Program in 2013. In this interview, she speaks about how the program led her to found a non-profit organization, Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, in Berkeley. We are in awe of the incredible work that Monika and her team are doing for refugees and asylum-seekers here in the Bay Area.

Alumni interviews: Monika Parikh from The Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program.
Video credit: Madnomad Films

Alumni Interviews: Dylan Kersh-Oliva

Alumni Interviews: Dylan Kersh-Oliva

Dylan, a 2015 graduate of the Counseling Psychology Program, discusses how the Wright Institute prepared him for the work he does now in private practice and as a program coordinator at Shine a Light Addiction Specialists.

Alumni interviews: Dylan Kersh-Oliva from The Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program.
Video credit: Madnomad Films



Click here to learn more about the Wright Institute’s Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program.
Click here to learn more about the Wright Institute’s Master of Counseling Psychology program.

Students participating in panel discussion at the 2018 Society for Personality Assessment Convention

Students participating in panel discussion at the 2018 Society for Personality Assessment Convention



A small group of Wright Institute students in the Doctor of Clinical Psychology Program, including Charles Warter and Lizzie Hedrick, will participate on a panel at the 2018 Society for Personality Assessment Convention in Washington, D.C. in March. After administering a personality assessment on a current client, the students will role-play their respective clients in order to provide Dr. Richard Levak with clinical information to supplement his live interpretations of their MMPI-2 personality assessment results.


Click here to learn more about the Wright Institute’s Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program.
Click here to learn more about the Wright Institute’s Master of Counseling Psychology program.

Alumni Interviews: Katherine Tarnoff

Alumni Interviews: Katherine Tarnoff

Katherine Tarnoff, a graduate of the Counseling Psychology program, speaks about the program and why she decided to begin teaching at the Wright Institute. She describes her experience as a student in the Multicultural Awareness & Sensitivity class, which she now teaches to first year students. She also discusses her school-based work with children at Bay Area Community Resources, and in private practice.

Alumni interviews: Katherine Tarnoff from The Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program.
Video credit: Madnomad Films

Alumni Interviews: Hazel Zetino

Alumni Interviews: Hazel Zetino

Hazel Zetino graduated from the Counseling Psychology program in 2016. Since then, she has served as a Billingual Family Clinician at Lincoln. In this brief video, she speaks about her experience building the skills and confidence to be an effective therapist.

Alumni interviews: Hazel Zetino from The Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program.
Video credit: Madnomad Films



Click here to learn more about the Wright Institute’s Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program.
Click here to learn more about the Wright Institute’s Master of Counseling Psychology program.

Psychologists Focus on Diversity in Programs, Policies, and Practices

Psychologists Focus on Diversity in Programs, Policies, and Practices



Founded in 1976, the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP) is an organization composed of delegates from programs and schools of professional psychology who aim to advance the development of graduate training in professional psychology. NCSPP hosts an annual conference for delegates from professional psychology programs across the country. In January, the Wright Institute was well-represented at the 2018 Midwinter Conference:

Alicia del Prado, PhD, Full-Time Faculty member in the Clinical Psychology program, is a member of the NCSPP Conference Planning Committee, and has also served on other committees within the organization in the past.

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