Postdoctoral Residency

Cutting Edge
Treatment

South Sacramento

Sacramento Valley Consortium (Sacramento/Roseville and South Sacramento)

The Sacramento Valley Training Consortium is centrally located in Sacramento, California. “The City of Trees” is the heart of California’s Central Valley and the state capitol. The city has experienced significant growth and development in the past years and includes top farm-to-fork restaurants, professional sports, and access to amazing outdoor activities. An easy day trip to the coast, San Francisco, Napa, or Lake Tahoe. Outdoor activities are popular, especially from April to November, when the weather is warm and dry. The winter affords skiing opportunities in the Sierra. Cost of living is moderate for California communities and much more affordable than the Bay Area. The city of Sacramento and its surrounding suburbs are frequently identified as a top city among multiple polls.

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento cares for ~238.8K members, which is 56% of the residents in this area. The diversity of the South Sacramento area is reflected in our patient population: White= 30%; Hispanic= 24%; Asian= 29%; Black= 14%; Other= 3%

 

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Program Highlights

The South Sacramento and Elk Grove training team consists of highly skilled clinical psychologists, many of whom are former residents of this program. As a result, supervisors are personally invested in the success of this training program and its residents.

  • Majority of residents are licensed within 1 year of program completion
  • 89% of South Sacramento/Elk Grove residents have been hired by Kaiser Permanente from 2013-2018
  • Residents participate in Cultural Conversations, which encourages residents to assess their backgrounds, identities and awareness of cultural factors that influence their practice as a clinical psychologist
  • Residents have opportunities to train in a variety of health psychology settings across the medical center

Residents participate in Cultural Conversations, which encourages residents to assess their backgrounds, identities and awareness of cultural factors that influence their practice as a clinical psychologist.

Natalia Diavatis
John F. Kennedy University
Track/Specialty Rotation: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Behavioral Mental Health, Psychological Testing

Pratima Pathania
Wright Institute
Track/Specialty Rotation: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Behavioral Mental Health, Bariatric Evaluations
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Psychological Assistant, Initial Assessment Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente Rancho Cordova

Casey Taylor
Fuller School of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy & Fuller Theological Seminary
Pediatric Behavioral Mental Health, ADHD Clinic, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry

Christina Parker
Alliant International University
Track/Specialty Rotation: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Behavioral Mental Health
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Psychological Assistant, Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Roseville

Shushan Tigranyan
Alliant International University
Track/Specialty Rotation: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Behavioral Mental Health,
Trauma
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Psychological Assistant,
Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Elk Grove

Melissa Walters
Adler University
Track/Specialty Rotation: Pediatric Behavioral Mental Health
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Pediatric Behavioral Mental Health, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento

Alonzo Lamas
Wright Institute
Track/Specialty Rotation: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Behavioral Mental Health
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Clinical Psychologist,
Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Elk Grove

Rachel Mapenzi
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Track/Specialty Rotation: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Behavioral Mental Health
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Clinical Psychologist & Primary Supervisor for Postdoctoral Training Program , Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Elk Grove

Chelsey Richeson
Alliant International University
Track/Specialty Rotation: Pediatric Behavioral Mental Health, ADHD Clinic, teen IOP, Pediatric Weight Management (Fit for Life)
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Psychological Assistant, Pediatric Behavioral Mental Health, Kaiser Permanente Redwood City

Ryan Cardinale
University of Michigan
Track/Specialty Rotation: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Behavioral Mental Health
Psychological Assistant,
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Elk Grove

Joshua Carlson
William James College
Track/Specialty Rotation: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Behavioral Mental Health
Clinical Psychologist, HR Consultant
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Elk Grove

Felicity Gazowsky
Alliant International University
Track/Specialty Rotation: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Behavioral Mental Health
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Clinical Psychologist, California Correctional Care Services, Sacramento

Charis Morris
Biola University
Track/Specialty Rotation: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Behavioral Mental Health
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Clinical Psychologist,
Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Elk Grove

Xiaolong Li
PGSP-Stanford
Track/Specialty Rotation: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Behavioral Mental Health, Bariatrics
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Clinical Psychologist & Primary Supervisor for Postdoctoral Training Program, Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Elk Grove

Melody Kang
Queen’s University
Track/Specialty Rotation: Pediatric Behavioral Mental Health, ADHD Clinic, teen IOP, Pediatric Weight Management (Fit for Life)
Current Position, Specialty & Location: Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) in the Adult Family Medicine (AFM) Department, Kaiser Permanente Elk Grove

Specialty Tracks

Postdoctoral residents are exposed to evidence-based treatment modalities during their training year. In addition to these modalities, the training faculty are committed to providing multiculturally aware and informed treatment to those who seek our services. Supervisor theoretical frameworks include CBT, DBT, ACT, Narrative Therapy, Solutions Focused-Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, and Family Systems.

The clinical team consists of psychiatrists, registered nurses, psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs and neuropsychologist. Residents are integrated into clinics to build support, cohesion, mentorship and to further develop their professional identities.

The resident is embedded in the department of Pediatrics and has daily contact with pediatricians, psychiatrists, nurses and medical assistants. This fast paced, energizing position is intended for applicants interested in working in outpatient integrated primary care with a specialization in pediatric psychology.

The resident will gain invaluable experience in rapid assessment, brief evidenced-based treatments, and Primary Care Behavioral Health/Collaborative Care. The primary source of clinic referrals is the local Pediatric department, but the resident has access to consultations and referrals from regional subspecialty clinics including Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Concussion Clinic, Pediatric Weight Management, Developmental Pediatrics and Head and Neck Surgery.

Clinical Service Opportunities

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Family Psychotherapy (pediatric resident only)
  • Group therapy
  • Psychoeducational Classes
  • Psychological Consultation
  • Psychological Testing

The Behavioral Medicine team (integrated primary care) prides itself in being driven, collaborative and supportive. The Behavioral Medicine team consists of psychologists and psychiatrists. Adult and Pediatric residents are welcomed into a fast-paced, collaborative medical center that relies heavily on our psychologists to provide support for our diverse patient population.

Schedule

  • Direct Patient Care: 20 hours
  • Non-Patient Time: 12 hours
  • Individual Supervision with Primary Supervisor: 1 hour
  • Individual Supervision with Rotation Supervisor: 1 hour
  • Assessment Supervision: 1 hour
  • Group Supervision: 1 hour
  • Didactic Training: 2 hours
  • Cultural Conversations: 1 hour
  • Consultation with Psychiatrist: 1 hour
  • Adult Psychopharmacology
  • Pediatric Psychopharmacology
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Presurgical Psychological Evaluations
  • Culture & Diversity in Emergency Room Evaluations
  • Transgender & Nonbinary Care
  • Chronic Medical Issues & End of Life
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Adult & Family Medicine
Elk Grove Medical Office Building

Women’s Health
South Sacramento Medical Office Building

Bariatric Surgery
South Sacramento Medical Office Building

Chronic Pain
South Sacramento Medical Office Building
Advanced Adult Psychological Assessment
Elk Grove Mental Health and Wellness

Memory Care Clinic
Elk Grove Medical Office Building

Fit4Life (Pediatric Lifestyle Medicine)
Promenade Medical Office Building

Testimonials

Accreditation

  • Sacramento Valley Consortium (Roseville/Sacramento and South Sacramento) Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)

Location

Elk Grove Medical Center
9201 Big Horn Blvd
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Elk Grove Mental Health & Wellness
9324 W Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA 95758

South Sacramento Medical Center
6600 Bruceville Road
Sacramento, CA 95823

Wyndham Medical Offices
7300 Wyndham Dr
Sacramento, CA 95823

Training Director

Jarrett Takayama, PsyD
Co-TrainingDirector

jarrett.takayama@kp.org

916-627-7982

Leticia Arellano, PsyD
Co-Training Director

leticia.x1.arellano@kp.org