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Training Director Makes Big Contribution

The Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Training Programs (MHTPs) are excited to share that Crystal Faith Cajilog-Espinosa, Psy.D. (she/her), Training Director for the KP Richmond Postdoctoral Residency Program, authored the “Personality Disorders” chapter of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipino/a/x American Studies 1st Edition. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies is the first on the topic of Filipino American Studies. It offers a comprehensive survey of an emerging field, focusing on the Filipino diaspora in the United States as well as highlighting issues facing immigrant groups in general. The book covers a broad range of topics and disciplines including activism and education, arts and humanities, health, history and historical figures, immigration, psychology, regional trends, and sociology and social issues. Dr. Cajilog-Espinosa wrote the chapter on personality disorders and how Filipino American values can impact how personality disorders can be diagnosed. She is excited that Filipino American values and culture are finally being acknowledged in mainstream psychology and the media.

Crystal Faith Cajilog-Espinosa, Psy.D.

Dr. Cajilog-Espinosa entered this field six years ago as a graduate student never having met a Filipino American psychologist. Now, she is in good company, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to a project that addresses the unique concerns and experiences of Filipino Americans. She hopes that Filipino American trainees will see this work and feel represented and seen for who they are as they enter the field of psychology.

Her passion for representation for the Filipino American community extends to community activism, as well. Dr. Cajilog-Espinosa was recently involved in organizing the first park named after a Filipino American organization in the country and even spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “Bohol Circle Immigrant Park” located in Alameda, California, is named after the oldest Filipino American organization in the U.S., Bohol Circle. Read more about the park

Dr. Cajilog-Espinosa has been part of the training programs for three years, serving as the postdoctoral psychological testing supervisor at KP Richmond since 2020 and the Training Director since 2022. In her free time, Dr. Cajilog-Espinosa enjoys spending time with her dogs, husband, family, and friends. She also enjoys whisky tastings, wine tastings, and going to comedy shows.

On behalf of the MHTPs, congratulations Dr. Cajilog-Espinosa on your book chapter! If you would like to purchase the book with Dr. Cajilog-Espinosa’s chapter, you can do so here:

Contributed by Dr. Micaela Birt

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