Dr. Garcia joined the Edgewood Center in October 2019. She has previously served as Clinical Director at UCSF’s Young Adult and Family Center, and at the Masonic Center for Youth and Families. Prior to her time in the Bay Area, Dr. Garcia worked at Princeton University’s Counseling and Psychological Services where she provided clinical service, taught post-doctoral fellows, and served on committees focused on service to underserved students.
As a Clinical Psychologist, she has specialized in the issues of trauma, eating disorders, cultural competency, and chronic mental illness in youth and families for more than 15 years. Her clinical experience has included extensive work with survivors of sexual trauma, including foster youth, military veterans, and individuals and families with intergenerational histories of abuse. She has served as subject matter expert, author, and instructor on the topics of: the neurobiology of trauma in sexual assault investigations, institutional self-care and resiliency, cultural competency in clinical work, and post-traumatic growth in military veterans. Dr. Garcia is passionate about allocating and providing services to historically underserved populations through program development, teaching, and consultation.