In 2009 she received several awards and recognitions for community engagement from the Los Angeles City Attorney, Department of Defense, Los Angeles Police Department, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In 2013 she was given a distinguished teaching award for Outstanding Public Service Teaching. She currently is a peer reviewer on several academic journals and is part of the Medical Advisory Board for Quality Health. In 2015 she became a regular Tuesday night co-host of the weekly syndicated radio show Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) on Blog Talk Radio with Bill Murray. She is on the board of directors for The National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) relating to public awareness and publicity. She is on the advisory board for A Better LA. She is an invited consultant involving academic program review and evaluation, both nationally and internationally. She is also an invited speaker pertaining to community gang intervention. She now focuses her clinical practice on male survivor issues of abuse, violence and trauma. She has written a number of encyclopedia entries related to crime and justice for Sage publications (Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice and Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics). Currently, her research focuses on diversity issues connected to forensic community mental health and male survivor trauma. Her book about male survivor relationships with their significant others, “His History, Her Story” is due out in August 2017. In her spare time, she creates trainings for law enforcement and attorneys related to mental health and the court system. It should be noted that in all of her professional endeavors she involves students for professional development.
Yelena Matevosyan is in her second year of the Clinical Forensic Psychology Doctoral Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles campus. Yelena holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. Yelena began a Master of Arts Program in Forensic Psychology at California Baptist University before transferring to TCSPP as a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. Yelena is a teaching assistant at TCSPP to Dr. Debra Warner as well as Retired Captain Ann Young of LAPD. Yelena is also the Campus Affairs Chair for The Chicago School Student Association as well as the student member of the Strategic Planning Committee at the Chicago School. She will begin working for California Psychological Services Inc. this fall. Ms. Matevosyan hopes to work in the court system as an assessor and an expert witness.
Dr. Warner received her Master of Arts and Master of Education in counseling psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York City. She completed her doctorate in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University, in Fresno. She has served as an adjunct professor for several universities and as Lead Faculty for Chapman University's Marriage and Family Therapy program. She is currently a Full Professor for the Los Angeles campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Psy.D. program in Clinical Forensic Psychology. She has also served as Special Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs: Diversity and Community Engagement and Lead Faculty for the Forensic Psychology department for Los Angeles and Irvine. Some of her other professional assignments have included the Department of Homeland Security, Los Angeles Police Department, C.U.R.E.-A Better Los Angeles, the Department of Defense, the Department of Corrections, and Regional Center. For these assignments, she designed the program elements related to mental health and evaluation. Moreover, she served as clinical supervisor relating to human trafficking, trauma, PTSD and multicultural therapeutic techniques.
Cristina Cortez is getting ready to start her second year of the Clinical Forensic Psychology Doctoral program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles Campus. Cristina holds a Bachelors in Social Work and a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in MFT and LPCC. She does have her Associates Marriage and Family Therapist license. Cristina is an assistant to Dr. Warner and on the Child and Adolescent Suicide Review Team. She will start working at a rape crisis center in the Fall for practicum. Cristina hopes to take what she has learned and work in different countries, as well as work in the mental hospital setting.
Roxann Wright is completing her final year of the Clinical Forensic Psychology Doctoral Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles. Roxann holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology for the Helping Professions and a Masters in Forensic Psychology. She has worked as a therapist at Ness Counseling Center, a non-profit for court ordered and voluntary low income client and San Fernando Valley Mental Health Centers for Older Adults FCCS providing mental health care for 55+. Ms. Wright currently works at the Psychology Assessment Resource Center in Rocklin, CA providing psychological assessments/evaluations for forensic, educational, immigration, diagnostic, and treatment purposes.
His training sessions have garnered international attention and support, having traveled the world over to train specialty teams in Brazil, SWAT teams from Argentina, elite executive protection specialists from Africa, private Crisis Elimination teams from London, public safety experts from Beijing, Hong Kong & Shanghai, Gang Intersession specialists in El Salvador and Emergency Responders/Peacekeeping Intervention experts all over the United States.
Aquil is the brainchild of celebrated 501c3 non-profit “The BUILD Program” and the groundbreaking “Professional Peacekeepers Collaborative Alliance” (PPCA); a network of professionally trained & certified Violence Intersession Experts and Community Restoration Specialists.
A nationally read syndicated columnist who’s column “Street Survival 101” was one of the most widely read columns in the nation at it’s height. He is a published author who has released the critically acclaimed book “Peace in the Hood” (working with gang members to stop the violence), this book sets the standard for hard core community based violence intervention and is a required text book for USC, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, UCLA and the KinShip Program in Orange County.
Aquil has appeared in countless documentaries and short films pieces including “Bloods and Crips”, Gangland, Made In America, the newly released “License To Operate” documentary which he has a starting role and the soon to be released “Black Jacket.” A documentary based of the PCITI methodology.
He has received awards and honors much too numerous to list including the prestigious “California Peace Prize” and a PhD (Doctorate of Humanities) honoris causa from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for his specialized expertise in this discipline.
Jessica Torres is completing her first year in the Clinical Forensic Psychology PsyD Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology Option II: Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge. She is currently assisting Dr. Debra Warner as the Assistant Director of Programming and as a Teaching and Research Assistant to Dr. Clive Kennedy. She has previously worked for Los Angeles Unified School District as a Program Supervisor in an After-School Enrichment Program, as a mentor for at-risk youth at a non-public school, and as an ABA therapist. She found her passion in her most recent experience where she worked as a mental health counselor in a Child Abuse Treatment Program and Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention Program at the largest mental health center in the San Fernando Valley. Ms. Torres has substantial training in working with victims of crime, both children and adult victims of abuse and neglect. She will begin working at Ness Counseling Center in Los Angeles this fall.
Brittney Montgomery is going into her second year of the Clinical Forensic Psychology Doctoral Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles. Brittney holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. Brittney is a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society and is a member is the Chicago School Student Association. She currently is focusing on her education and will be working at the Los Angeles Mission this fall. Ms. Montgomery hopes to work for the court system, and the correctional system in the roles of assessment and recidivism reduction.
Mr. Basheer has been described as “One of the Nation’s most premier, practitioner based Violence Intermediation Professionals, Elite Public Safety Experts and Hard Core Gang Intervention Specialists” in society today. He is recognized as being at the top of a league of pinnacle specialists in area of discipline and acknowledged as one of the most accomplished authorities in this field of expertise.
He instructs & consults worldwide and has trained thousands in the area of expertise. Mr. Basheer has founded Maximum Force Enterprises and the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute, (PCITI); (the nations first “practitioner based’ professionally certifying 18-week Community Violence Intercession-Gang Intervention Institute) and the License to Operate (LTO) Movement.
Gabrielle Pacheco is going into her second year in the Clinical Forensic Psychology Doctoral Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Los Angeles. Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Cal State University Northridge and holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. Aside from school, she is also a Zumba instructor. Gabrielle will begin working at Sharper Future in the Fall, which provides specialized treatment to sex offenders. She hopes to work in the correctional system administering assessments and giving therapy along with working in the Court system as an expert witness.