My name is Carley Zanders and I am a clinical psychologist and educator with twenty years plus of training and experience working in the fields of psychology
and education. I graduated from Diego State University with a Masters in Science (emphasis
in School Counseling) and then went on to continue my studies at the California School
of Professional Psychology where I earned a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology
and a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology (specializing in Multicultural Community
Psychology). Through my own 10-year educational journey and experience as a professor
and clinician I have developed an excellent understanding of the challenges students
face due to dealing with multiple responsibilities, as they pursue their studies. Aside from my professional roles I fulfill many roles
(wife, mother (we have 3 beautiful children), daughter, sister, friend, mentor ++).
I also enjoy many hobbies - salsa dancing being my favorite one!
Here at Foothill I typically teach General Psychology, Psychology of Women, and Biological
Psychology. I have also taught Cultural Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical
Psychology, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Intercultural Process & Human
Diversity, Laws & Ethics and Stress & Coping over the years, so my knowledge in psychology is varied and well-rounded. In terms of practical experience, some of my focus has included working as a program
developer for academic programs, working as a specialist in the research, development,
and assessment of intervention programs for organizations experiencing internal conflict
around race, culture and ethnicity (police and fire department for example), and also
working with clients as a clinical psychologist in CA and NY respectively.
The areas of study within the field of psychology that have peaked my interest lately
have to do with the impact of culture on psychology and the experience of acculturation. We really need to conduct more research on these topics, as many communities could
benefit from the information in my opinion. In terms of what I am interested in therapeutically
at the moment, my focus is on "generational blessings/curses" that we carry forward in our lives. Understanding family of origin can really help build awareness and increase thoughtful decision making, as we navigate and build our own future.
I am extremely excited about my field and love to use my clinical experience to help enrich the material in my courses and to connect with and generate interest and engagement
from my students. Psychology is powerful! The information we study in classes is applicable to everyday life and will also provide useful tools to better navigate life as a professional in any field.
I very much look forward to meeting you in a class soon!