Office hoursFall 2018: M/W 9-10 am or by appointment.
2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California-San Francisco
2015 APA-Accredited Clinical Internship, University of California-San Francisco
2015 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Northern Illinois University
2008 B.A. Psychology, California State University-East Bay
Dr. Valdez is a licensed clinical psychologist with interests in psychological trauma and posttraumatic stress. Her clinical expertise are in treating interpersonal violence, and her research interests focus on understanding cognitive and emotional processes that contribute to posttraumatic sequelae, and recovery from trauma. She completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship in the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Clinical Psychology Training Program where she was based at the San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH)/UCSF Trauma Recovery Center. Dr. Valdez continues to be an Affiliate of UCSF, conducting research with clients at the UCSF/SFGH Trauma Recovery Center. She is also actively involved in the American Psychological Association, serving as the Early Career Psychologist Representative for Division 56 (Trauma Psychology).
She teaches several courses focused the application of psychology in research, clinical, and community contexts, including PSY 302: Psychology Research Methods and Data Analysis (3 units): Psychology Research Methods and Data Analysis, which is an advanced upper-division research methods course; PSY 320: Psychopathology (3 units): Psychopathology, which focuses on the various mental health disorders; and Psychology Service Learning, which focuses on applying psychological principles and concepts during real world service learning experiences in the community. She is happy to speak with students interested in careers or graduate school in clinical psychology, or those interested in trauma research.