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Jennica Paz, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennica Paz is a Clinical Training Specialist, Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist at the San Diego Center for Children, residential program. A San Diego native whose educational journey has taken her to Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara, Department of Counseling Clinical and School Psychology)  and Los Angeles (USC Children's Hospital Los Angeles), she is passionate about ensuring high quality service delivery to local capable youth with histories of adverse life circumstances. Dr. Jennica Paz has a number of research interests, publications, and  presentations at local and national conferences since 2010 related to positive youth development, school based mental health, school violence/climate/safety, psychometrics, early kindergarten readiness among CLD students, services for homeless and foster youth, among others. In 2012, Dr. Paz was awarded the CASP Michael Goodman Research Award for her work related to a screening measure for school violence, safety, and victimization. For three years she served as a research assistant for First 5 Santa Barbara's evaluation team and the Center for School-Based Youth Development at UCSB, as well as assistant to the editor of the Journal of School Violence. She has taught undergraduate courses related to applied psychology, provided trainings in local elementary schools, education to mentors of foster youth, as well as advocacy and volunteer work for Promises 2 Kids, Guardian Scholars Program. Hobbies and recreation activities include a long standing passion for Hawaiian and Polynesian dance/culture, teaching Zumba, hiking, camping, and spending lots of time with her family, husband, and one-year old rescue puppy, Canella.