The Wright Institute Administration & Staff

Transformation Through Creative Ritual

For the last five years, third-year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program student Chandra Merry has worked on a project, the Participatory Arts Ritual, which she first developed within the field of community theater. “Community theater is like drama therapy, but focused on empowerment of participants through the use of participatory theater games. It was developed with a theoretical basis in liberation theory, or the ideas of Paulo Freire” Chandra explains. Most recently, Chandra has been studying the applicability of her project to clinical group treatment.

Facing My Money Ghosts: Psychological Residuals of Growing Up Poor

Anatasia S. Kim, PhD is a Full Time Faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Program and operates a private therapy practice. Dr. Kim contributed a moving article to the Spring 2018 issue of the Independent Practitioner, the quarterly newsletter for the American Psychological Association (APA) Community for Psychologists in Independent Practice.

The Soul in Depression: Dr. Anita Barrows on NPR

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, featuring Wright Institute Clinical Psychology Program faculty member Dr. Anita Barrows speaking with host Krista Tippett.

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

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

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.

Faculty member is making data accessible to clinicians

Dr. Ritchie Rubio, Full-time Faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program, wins award for his efforts to present data in more accessible ways.

Alumni Interviews: Monika Parikh

Hear from 2015 Counseling Psychology Program graduate Monika about how the Wright Institute fits in with her commitment to social justice.

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: Katherine Tarnoff

Katherine Tarnoff, a graduate of the Wright Institute 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.