Careers

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Psychology enter a wide variety of careers, either directly upon graduation or after further graduate work. Many of these would be characterized as “social services” or “human services” (such as behavioral therapist, residential youth counselor, probation officer, social worker, and child care worker). With additional graduate training, some prepare themselves for work as Marriage and Family Therapists or Psychologists. Here are the specific jobs obtained by some of our graduates.

Name

VUSC Grad

Job Title

Location

Rachel Gamboa 2013 Behavioral Interventionist Easter Seals, Corona, CA
Kathy (Dawood) Abou-Samra 2013 Human Resources Specialist Apria Health Care, Irvine, CA
Amy Terrones 2013 Direct Support Professional PathPoint, Laguna Hills, CA
Nancy Diaz 2013 Behavior Consultant Autism Interventions and Resources, Laguna Hills, CA
Rachelle Garcia 2012 Caseworker Boys Republic, Chino Hills, CA
Candice Dobson 2012 Employment Specialist IABA – Institute of Applied Behavior Analysis, Los Angeles, CA
Jessica Barrera 2011 Wraparound Youth Partner CSP, Inc., Santa Ana, CA
Kelsey Olson 2011 Teacher/Counselor Youth Villages–ChristieCare, Lake Oswego, OR
Heather Mesa 2010 Social Worker San Bernardino County Children and Family Services, San Bernardino, CA
Heather Mesa 2010 FFA (Foster Family Agency) Social Worker Ark Homes Foster Family Agency, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Ricky Colombo 2010 Behavioral Therapist Autism Behavior Consultants, Long Beach, CA
Megan Lillie 2010 Behavior Interventionist Love 2 Learn Consulting, Huntington Beach, CA
Tina Antunez 2010 Behavioral Therapist Autism Solutions for Kids, Irvine, CA
Aubree Vance 2009 Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist Community Research Foundation, San Diego, CA
Bryan Bedson 2009 House Director Heartlight Ministries, Hallsville, TX
Ivette (Jara) Diaz 2009 Eligibility Technician Volunteers of America Early Head Start, Los Angeles, CA
Shaun Blaylock 2009 Youth Partner Community Service Programs, Inc., Santa Ana, CA
Brian Novakoff 2009 Teacher Calvary Chapel., Costa Mesa, CA
Andrew Long 2008 Lab Manager UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles, CA
Melissa Cruz 2008 Foster Family Coordinator Olive Crest Treatment Centers, Santa Ana, CA
Tiffany Baca 2008 Behavioral Therapist Genesis Behavior Center, Modesto, CA
Magdalena Oivares 2008 Rehabilitation Specialist Mental Health Association of Orange County, Orange, CA
Alyssa Kennedy 2008 Dance Director/Instructor Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine, CA
Magdalena Olivares 2008 Direct Care Staff South Coast Children’s Society, Santa Ana, CA
Sarah Barbuto 2008 Police Dispatcher Police Department, South Pasadena, CA
Elizabeth Brine 2008 Independent Living Specialist Florence Crittenton, Phoenix, AZ
Mariana Shenoda 2008 Rehabilitation Specialist Mental Health Association of Orange County, Garden Grove, CA
Valerie Elwell 2008 Senior Behavioral Therapist Pacific Child and Family Associates, Fresno, CA
Mark Fields 2007 Minister, Middle and High School Ministry Zoe Christian Fellowship, Whittier, CA
Leah Sloterbeek 2007 Program Coordinator Autism Solutions for Kids, Irvine, CA
Nicole Azevedo 2007 Clinical Supervisor Love2Learn Consulting, Costa Mesa, CA
Yvette Rodriguez 2007 Quality Improvement Coordinator Western Youth Services, Orange County, CA
Abby Harrison 2007 Case Manager Seattle Union Gospel Mission’s Women and Children’s Shelter, Seattle, WA
Martha Perez 2007 Mental Health Specialist Star View Community Services, Long Beach, CA
Martha Perez 2007 Instructor Para Los Ninos, Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Kang 2007 English Teacher Seoul, South Korea
Jenni Busse 2006 Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Counselor Sioux Falls, SD
Renee Moreno 2006 Occupational Therapist Centre for Neuro Skills, Encino, CA
Leslie Wood 2006 Psychologist Corona, CA
Claudia Aguilar 2006 House Manager New Creation Home Ministries, East Palo Alto, CA
Claudia Aguilar 2006 Overnight Counselor La Casa de Las Madres, San Francisco, CA
Claudia Aguilar 2006 Residential Counselor Edgewood Center for Children and Families, San Francisco, CA
Kate Davis 2006 Counselor Center for Discovery, La Habra, CA
Christine Schmitt 2006 Residential Patient Assistant (RPA) CRC Health, Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment, Carlsbad, CA
Christine Schmitt 2006 Child Care Worker Casa De Amporo, Oceanside, CA
Deanna Bommarito 2006 Program Director The Rose Rehabilitation Center, Newport Beach, CA
Deanna Bommarito 2006 Program Director Essence Treatment Options, San Clemente, CA
Tahara Akmal-Kariem 2006 Bereavement Coordinator Odyssey Health Care, Los Angeles, CA
Renee Moreno 2006 Occupational Therapy Intern Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, LA
Megan Rankin 2006 Receptionist Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper, & Scinto, Costa Mesa, CA
Laryn Budrow 2006 Resource Teacher for Special Education Village View Elementary School, Huntington Beach, CA
Erin Smith 2006 Math and Science Teacher André Elementary School, Cypress, TX
Kayleen Howard 2005 Behavioral Therapist Cornerstone Therapies, Huntington Beach, CA
Denée Heinrichs 2005 Child Life Intern CHOC Children’s Hospital, Orange, CA
Gauri Goel 2005 Counselor Aegis Medical Systems, Inc., West L.A., CA
Penny Leatham 2005 Clinician New Directions, Inc., West L.A., CA
Deanna Johnston 2005 Education and Careers Specialist Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Santa Ana, CA
Kristen Dodier 2004 Behavior Therapist Wellspring, Irvine, CA
Karen (Harbour) Huling 2004 Program Manager Behavioral Intervention Association, Fresno, CA
Karen Harbour 2004 Behavioral Therapist Behavioral Intervention Association, Fresno, CA
Karen Harbour 2004 ParaProfessional II Teague Elementary, Fresno, CA
NaShauna (Burton) Hester 2004 Care Coordinator New Alternatives, Inc., Santa Ana, CA
Katie Goode 2003 Marriage and Family Therapist Irvine, CA
Leslie Humphrey 2003 Outreach Specialist Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA
Eddy Godinez 2003 Mental Health Worker/Case Manager Pacific Clinics, Pasadena, CA
Amy Smith 2003 Testing Coordinator Mardan Center of Educational Therapy, Irvine, CA
Nichole Dotson 2003 Math Teacher Century High School, Santa Ana, CA
Daniel Davis 2003 Director of Involvement Rock Harbor, Costa Mesa, CA
Elizabeth Girard 2003 Dog Trainer W.E. Train Dogs, Phoenix, AZ
Elizabeth Girard 2003 Library Circulation Supervisor Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA
Alicia (Pegg) O’Quinn 2002 Social Services Specialist in Child Welfare Oregon Dept. of Human Sevices, Medford, OR
Alicia (Pegg) O’Quinn 2002 Behavioral Therapist Oregon Dept. of Human Services, Medford, OR
Alicia (Pegg) O’Quinn 2002 Teacher (6th grade) Sacramento, CA
Breanna (Archer) Kraft 2002 Social Worker Yolo County, CA
Breanna Archer 2002 Behavioral Therapist Resources in Autism Education (RAE), Torance, CA
Mary Alderson 2002 Administrative Director Human Options, Irvine, CA
LaShandra Rinas 2002 Research Assistant Casa Pacifica, Camarillo, CA
DeAnna Griffin 2001 Disaster Behavioral Health Specialist SAMHSA DTAC (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Technical Assistance Center), Washington, DC
Bridgette (Parsa) Brooks 2001 Program Coordinator Autism Solutions for Kids, Irvine, CA
Ben Schoening 2001 Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA
Tara Culala 2001 House Coordinator Chehalem Youth and Family Services, Newberg, OR
Renee Miller 2001 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Clinical Director Irvine, CA
Nicole Price 2001 Mental Health Worker College Hospital, Costa Mesa, CA
Nicole Price 2001 Teacher of SED (severely emotionally disturbed) Orange County Department of Education, CA
Sam Bartaluzzi 2001 Clinician Olive Crest Treatment Centers, Santa Ana, CA
Jennifer (Bolger) Anderson 2001 Therapist Devereux, Santa Barbara, CA
DeAnna Griffin 2001 Director, After-School Program Truman Benedict Elementary School, San Clemente, CA
Rachel Harvey 2001 Child Care Worker Father’s Heart Ranch, Desert Hot Springs, CA
Tonia Vojtkofsky 2001 Dementia Education Specialist Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA
Tonia Vojtkofsky 2001 Psychologist Aurora Las Encinas Hospital, Pasadena, CA
Tonia Vojtkofsky 2001 Family Support Counselor Children’s Bureau of Southern California, Laguna Hills, CA
Tara Culala 2001 In-Home Counselor The Family Care Network, San Luis Obispo, CA
Pamela Lee 2001 Instructional Assistant-Computers Laurel High School & Laurel Adult Education, Los Alamitos, CA
Erin McAlexander 2000 Physical Therapy Technician OAD Physical Therapy, Warrenville, IL
Luke Hagenbach 2000 Realtor Star Real Estate, Huntington Beach, CA
Roman Napoli 2000 Program Analyst U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
Shelley (Kilcrease) Youd 1999 Residence Director Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA
Shelley (Kilcrease) Youd 1999 Adjunct Professor Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA
DeeDee Baca 1999 Victim Specialist, Domestic Violence Unit Orange County District Attorney’s Office, CA
Cathy Bradley 1999 Options/Customer Service Administrator Trimark Pacific Homes, Aliso Viejo, CA
Elaine (Whittemore) Foytik 1998 Case Manager/Social Worker San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health
Mike Janson 1998 Behavioral Researcher County of Los Angeles Department of Health
Neal Thomas 1998 Project Manager Specialized Marketing Services, Irvine, CA
Shannon (Pickens) Thomas 1998 Teacher (6th, 7th, 8th grades) Gardena Valley Christian School, Gardena, CA
Alicia (Baldwin) LaJoie 1998 Technical Support Specialist Sungard Bi-Tech, Vashon Island, WA
Alicia (Baldwin) LaJoie 1998 Programmer/Analyst Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA
Belinda Villalpando 1998 Outpatient Admission Coordinator New Life Clinics
Nalaina (Duncan) Harper 1997 Bookkeeper Newport Equity Capital Corporation, Anaheim, CA
Jennifer Bridges 1997 Deputy Probation Counselor Orange County Probation Department, CA
Lisa Roland 1997 Marriage and Family Therapist Kaiser Permanente, Tustin/Santa Ana, CA
Christy Cagle 1997 Child Care Counselor Olive Crest Treatment Center
Tiffany (Worthy) Bruce 1997 Certified School Psychologist Sarasota, FL
Tiffany Worthy 1997 Student Relations Coordinator Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, AZ
Lynn Munson 1997 Pastor Orangethorpe United Methodist Church, Fullerton, CA
Lynn Munson 1997 Associate Pastor Garden Grove United Methodist Church, Garden Grove, CA
Lynn Munson 1997 Intern for Campus and Young Family Ministries University United Methodist Church, Irvine, CA
Ross Andel 1996 Associate Professor of Gerontology University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Ross Andel 1996 Adjunct Professor of Psychology Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA
Tricia Campagna 1996 Adjunct Professor of Psychology Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA
Kerri Light 1996 Director Shalimar Learning Center, Costa Mesa, CA
Stefanie Daubert 1996 Domestic Violence Counselor San Luis Obispo, CA
Susan (Bailey) Busch 1996 Child Care Worker St. Vincent’s School for Boys, Novato, CA
Katrina Bohn 1996 Youth Intern Capo Beach Calvary Chapel
Tonya Deetz 1995 Youth and Family Counselor Family Works, Portland, OR
Christine (Luxembourger) Hoffman 1995 Diagnostic Teacher for the Autism Program Santa Ana Unified School District, CA
Heidi (Vieselmeyer) Afusia 1995 Certified Postal Consultant Pitney Bowes, Irvine, CA
Deanna (Wilson) Wahlheim 1994 Personal Parent Consultant Phoenix Parent Consulting, Phoenix, AZ
Brock Shinen 1994 Business and Entertainment Law Frenzel Law Corporation, Tustin, CA
Brock Shinen 1994 Project Manager, Internet Department Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, CA
Jon Pree 1994 Police Officer Visalia, CA
Mark Merrick 1993 Webmaster Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA
Mark Merrick 1993 Director of Project Management Ceira Technologies Inc., Irvine, CA
Mark Merrick 1993 HP Network Administrator Southern California College
Carice Blazo 1993 Director for Central Europe Educational Services International
James Ward 1993 Assistant Executive Director Southern Indian Health Council, Inc.
Stacey Aoto-Sullivan 1993 Clinical Psychologist Los Angeles, CA
Carice Blazo 1993 ESL Teacher Czech Republic
Pam Prouty 1993 Marriage and Family Therapist Orange County Juvenile Hall, CA
Pam Prouty 1993 Marriage and Family Therapy Intern Orangewood Home for Children
Julie (Piskur) Sierra 1992 M.D. (Internal Medicine) University of New Mexico
CynDee (Bloemendaal) Ward 1992 Clinical Psychologist Stonybrook, NY
Stacy McLain 1992 Clinical Psychologist Los Angeles, CA
Anita (Berg) Hernandez 1992 Manager, Purchasing Department Miller Brewing Company, Corona, CA
Jennifer McCloud 1992 Executive Vice-President Consulting Measurement Group, Irvine, CA
Sheryl (Hall) Curl 1991 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, RN, Service Chief II Orange County Health Care Agency, Correctional Mental Health, Irvine, CA
Sheryl (Hall) Curl 1991 Marriage and Family Therapist Huntington Beach, CA
Shandel Slaten 1991 Personal and Business Coach,
CEO of True Life Coaching
www.truelifecoaching.com
Jill Ault 1990 Director of Performance Improvement and Quality Management Behavioral Healthcare Corporation, Rosemead, CA
James Tapia 1989 Adjunct Professor Cypress College, Cypress, CA
Cheddi Rathan 1989 Marriage and Family Therapist Pacific Clinics, Westminster, CA
Jeanette Beland 1989 Director of Children’s Ministries St. James Episcopal Church, South Pasadena, CA
Jeanette Beland 1989 Research Assistant PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Wendy Olsen 1989 Marriage and Family Therapist and Program Manager Good Samaritan Behavioral Healthcare, Edgewood, WA
David Richards 1989 Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Visalia, CA
Colleen Knox Richards 1988 Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Visalia, CA
Michael Venard 1987 Clinical Psychologist Napa, CA
Scott Peebles 1985 Marriage and Family Therapist Irvine, CA
Steven Harris 1983 Professor of Psychology American Behavioral Studies Institute, Santa Ana, CA
Wendy Kliewer 1980 Professor of Psychology
Director of Graduate Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA