Following a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Center for Psychological Studies in Berkeley, Kathryn did her pre-doctoral internship in the Psychiatry Department at Stanford, specializing in addiction treatment as well as research in hypnotherapy for smoking cessation. She also did research in Mexico on political trauma as part of that internship. Over the years, she has served as Developmental Disabilities Specialist for the Santa Clara County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court; bilingual Guidance and Assessment Consultant (acting School Psychologist) in San Lorenzo, California; 504 Coordinator in the Santa Clara Co. Juvenile Hall; and teacher of social workers with UC Davis Extension. During four years in Susanville, California, Kathryn wrote and administered a large SAMHSA grant aimed at raising this frontier area’s services for and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and taught psychology at Lassen Community College.
After her return to the SF Bay Area, Kathryn created a mental health program for Latino immigrants at Canal Alliance in San Rafael, and coordinated the restorative justice program for youth in Sonoma County. For 26 years she has written, consulted, and trained widely on FASD in California and Mexico. She founded and directed the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders clinic at Valley Medical Center in San Jose, and is currently providing Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health mandatory trainings on FASD. Kathryn serves on the Interagency Coordinating Committee for FASD under the NIAAA, as well as FASD Now, a group working to bring California out of the dark ages regarding this condition. She is president of the Santa Clara County FASD collaborative and the co-chair of that county’s implementation of a 5-year plan to address FASD across the lifespan. Kathryn’s perspective on FASD is enriched by both her own lived experience of this condition and that of her adult son.