Who We Are

Carrie Jaffe, Ph.D

 

Carrie Jaffe, Ph.D. is our Founder and President. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in Psychological Assessment with adults and children in inpatient, outpatient, and forensic settings. She has over 30 years experience providing individual, group, and couples psychotherapy. She has more than 10 years experience working in the field of Addiction. Her specialties include Psychological and Substance Abuse assessment, personality, addiction, and group therapy. Dr. Jaffe is well known for her rigorous assessments that are comprehensive in nature. She prides herself on writing assessment reports that are helpful to the client and readable by laypeople and professionals alike.

Dr. Jaffe also provides individual psychotherapy to young adults and adults of all ages. To read more about her psychotherapy services and areas of specialty, visit her at https://www.cjaffephd.com/.

 

Dr. Jaffe began working in the field of mental health after obtaining her Bachelors Degree from Ohio University. She

went on to earn her Master's and PhD degrees from Georgia State University, a program that prided itself on its training of assessment psychologists. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Martinez and Oakland, California Veteran's Administrations, an internship that focused heavily on assessment. She completed her postdoctoral internship at Fall Creek Counseling in Sacramento (a private practice) and opened a private practice shortly thereafter.

Dr. Jaffe has obtained advanced training in psychological assessment, personality disorders, substance  abuse, and group therapy and continues to engage in ongoing assessment training through the Society for Personality Assessment, the FAA, American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, San Diego Psychological Association, and other sources. She has mentored and supervised multiple assessment psychologists who practice in San Diego and around the country.

 

Dr. Jaffe has provided assessments and consultation for:

  • Federal Aviation Administration

  • California Conditional Release Program (CONREP)

  • SAIC (Science Applications International Corp.)

  • California and San Diego Superior Courts

  • Maximus Alcohol and Drug Diversion Programs (State of California)

  • Dental Board of California

  • California Board of Pharmacy

  • California Board of Registered Nurses

  • Palomar Pomerado Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Unit

  • Fall Creek Counseling Services

  • Veterans Administration

  • Rebecca More, Ph.D.

  • Washington Correctional Institute

  • Atlanta Area Psychological Services

  • Accurate Assessment Services of Atlanta

Benjamin Coleman, Ph.D

Dr. Benjamin Coleman is an Assessment Psychologist as well as an accomplished psychotherapist, research psychologist, faculty member, and frequent poster presenter at professional conferences. Both his training and his skill set are broad and well rounded.

He was a highly awarded student in both graduate and undergraduate studies; he completed his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center, and his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center.

He was broadly trained in psychological assessment, HIV mental health, as well as multiple cutting edge individual and group psychotherapeutic treatment approaches. Dr. Coleman also supervised students, provided educational seminars, and conducted program evaluation.

Dr. Coleman has undergone specialized training in psychological and cognitive assessment in both academic and work settings, including neuropsychological assessment, validation research and psychometric evaluation, personality measurement, and technology-based assessment. He received hands-on training at the VA Long Beach Health Care System, Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, Casa Colina Sports Medicine Clinic, and The Center for Neurotherapy.

Dr. Coleman’s professional work experience has prepared him well to provide psychological, educational, and substance abuse assessments. Specifically, he spent several years working as a cognitive training coach to help children and adults with ADHD and other neurocognitive disorders develop cognitive abilities. He has an extensive history of providing psychological assessment, and individual and group psychotherapy to children and adults in a diverse array of forensic, hospital, and outpatient settings. He has assessed and treated people with major mental illnesses, HIV/AIDS, personality disorders, chemical dependency, ADHD, and learning and other neurocognitive disorders.

In addition to his years of clinical training and experience, Dr. Coleman somehow found the time to engage in academic research related to assessment and cognitive functioning. He is first or second author on numerous research papers that he presented in poster format at national and international professional conferences. Dr. Coleman previously served as adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University where he taught psychological and neuropsychological assessment and Training Director at Argosy University where he taught graduate level psychology courses. He is currently Training Director at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Dr. Coleman is active in the advocacy community and political efforts to advance the discipline of psychology. He has served in leadership roles of several organizations, including the California Psychological Association of Graduate Students and CPA Division V.

 

 

Martin Segel, PhD

Dr. Segel performs several different types of neuropsychological evaluations, including intelligence testing, learning disabilities evaluation, neuropsychological assessment, personality evaluation, ADHD assessment, gifted evaluation, and dementia screenings.  Dr. Segel works extensively with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults.

 

Dr. Segel is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Psychology.  He then went on to earn a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Houston Baptist University (HBU) in Houston Texas.  Upon graduating from HBU, Dr. Segel enrolled at The California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno (CSPP) from where he earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. 

 

While attending CSPP, Dr. Segel participated in a research practicum under the supervision of Dr. Donald Templer, a renowned psychologist in the field of psychological research.  It was while working with Dr. Templer that Dr. Segel co-published an article in The Perceptual and Motor Skills Journal on the “Exploration of the Neuropsychological Spectrum in Clients of Heterogonous Disabilities”.  His great interest in acculturative issues led him to study under Dr. Noel B. Peters who chaired his dissertation. As part of his research for his Doctoral Dissertation, on Acculturative Stress and Depression, Dr. Segel wrote an article on diverse perspectives on education & peace, which was published in the International Journal of Humanities & Peace.

 

Dr. Segel completed his pre-doctoral internship (Division 40 Approved) at the University of Miami-School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital where he took a leadership role, serving as Chief Intern for his class. He served on the Neuro-Trauma Rehabilitation Unit, where he trained in neuropsychological assessment in a sub-acute rehabilitation setting.   While at The University of Miami-School of Medicine, he also trained in the adult outpatient clinic, where he provided psychotherapy to an adult and older adult populations.  In addition, Dr. Segel completed rotations on the adult inpatient psychiatric unit and cardiac intensive care unit. 

 

Upon completing his internship, Dr. Segel completed his postdoctoral fellowship training in a private practice setting.  Dr. Segel is licensed in both California and Florida. He is a member of The American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, The Society for Personality Assessment, The California Psychological Association, The San Diego Psychological Association, The American College of Forensic Examiners, and The American Board of Disability Analysts.

 
 
 

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