The Wright Institute Administration & Staff

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in four Americans is directly affected by family violence, and sexual harassment and assault are common (as was highlighted by the recent #metoo campaign). At the Wright Institute, we believe that a strong Marriage and Family Therapist must have a solid understanding of how to attend to and support clients who are impacted by domestic violence.

Community service benefitting Asian American Communities

Congratulations to Dr. Alicia del Prado for being selected as the winner of the 2017 Asian American Psychological Association Okura Community Leadership Award! The Okura Community Leadership Award recognizes exemplary leadership and community service that benefits the field of Asian American Psychology and Asian American communities. Dr. del Prado received the award in Las Vegas at the annual AAPA Convention.

Get to know Stephanie Chen, Ph.D. - Full-Time Faculty, Counseling Psychology Program

Dr. Chen loves teaching at the Wright Institute, and we love her for her passion for working with immigrants, children, and adolescents. She shares some details of her own history, and her favorite moment from her time at the Wright.

Student Spotlight: Lucy Moore’s field placement at the Rainbow Community Center

Lucy Moore, a second-year student in the Wright Institute’s Counseling Psychology Master’s Program, is completing her field placement at the Rainbow Community Center in Concord, CA. The organization is the only LGBTQ+ community organization providing mental health services to teenagers and adults in all of Contra Costa County. It offers support to local high schools’ Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) as well as one-on-one mentoring and internal referrals to case management, counseling and therapy.

Get to know Ritchie Rubio, Ph.D. - Full-Time Faculty, Counseling Psychology Program

You may know Dr. Rubio from his Research Based Practice course, and he may have guided you in a sandtray therapy exercise, but we guarantee there’s plenty you don’t know about how he got to where he is today! Dr. Rubio speaks about his experience providing therapy in the Philippines and New Zealand, and what it was like to be a stay-at-home father immediately after completing his graduate degree.

Get to know Taquelia Washington, LCSW - Core Faculty, Counseling Psychology Program

Taquelia Washington, LCSW is one of the newest additions to our Core Faculty, and we’re thrilled with the expertise that she brings to the team! You may know about her passion for community mental health, but do you know why she loves teaching at the Wright Institute?

Get to know Mary Clarke, PhD - Full-Time Faculty, Counseling Psychology Program

Dr. Clarke has been a valued member of the faculty at the Wright Institute since 2015. Students love her easy-going demeanor and her depth of knowledge around trauma and professional ethics.

Researchers and Mental Health Professionals Meet to Discuss Youth and Adolescents in the San Francisco Bay Area

Dr. Ritchie Rubio, full time faculty member for the Counseling Psychology Program at the Wright Institute, will be presenting his work on data reflection in the Child, Youth, and Families system of care of San Francisco.

Wright Institute Professor’s Book Highlights Horrors of, Alternatives to Solitary Confinement

Wright Institute Professor Emeritus Terry Kupers M.D. recently published “The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It.”

Get to know Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, MS, LMFT - Full-Time Faculty, Counseling Psychology Program

Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, MS, LMFT has been with the Wright Institute for four years. Students value the real-life examples she brings to her classes from her ongoing work as an advocate and clinician. Read on to find out more about what drives Ulash’s passion, and what it means to “give psychology away.”