Verizon Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Program

Administrators & Contact Info

Dr. Mindy Puopolo (Program Director)

Mindy Puopolo, Psy.D. received her doctorate from Pepperdine University and is the Director of Graduate Programs in Psychology at CLU. Dr. Puopolo has held adjunct teaching positions at California State University Northridge where she earned an award as the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year and at Phillips Graduate Institute where she taught doctoral level cognitive and personality assessment courses. Dr. Puopolo's research interests include gender and sexuality, peace psychology, cognitive psychology and attachment theory. In addition to teaching, Dr. Puopolo is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in neuropsychological assessment and psychodynamic psychotherapy with an emphasis on object relations theory. Dr. Puopolo maintains a private practice in Ventura County and she serves the California Board of Psychology as a reviewer for the Board's mandatory continuing education program.

Dr. Michael Gerson

Dr. Gerson has been working in the mental health field since 1974. He began working with juvenile gangs for the LA County probation dept. and then transitioned into working with domestic violence. In 1977 he went into community mental health and specialized in family and child therapy.

In addition to his training in clinical psychology, Dr. Gerson has trained in the psychoanalysis of both adults and children. He entered into private practice in 1981 and has maintained a full time practice ever since.

His teaching career began in 1982 where he has taught graduate psychology at various universities around Los Angeles, including Loyola Marymount, Alliant, UCLA-NPI and Phillips. Dr. Gerson has been an invited presenter to many professional conferences where he has delivered papers on adolescent development, neuro-psychoanalysis and Lacanian theory.

  • BA, CSU Northridge, Psychology 1973
  • MA, CSU Dominguez Hills, Applied Behavioral Science, 1976
  • PHD, California Graduate Institute, Psychology and Psychoanalysis, 1981
  • NAAP Certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 1982, Psychoanalysis 1985
  • MFT License, mn14637 1980
  • Psychologist psy 8785, 1985

Child and Adolescent therapy. Psychological assessment. Family and Marital therapy. Psychoanalysis. Domestic violence. Forensic Psychology

Dr. Morris Eagle

Morris Eagle is professor emeritus, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University. He is a former president of the division of psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association. He is the author of Recent Developments in Psychoanalysis: A Critical Evaluation, coeditor of Interface Between Psychoanalysis and Psychology, and co-author of Psychoanalysis as Health Care.

He is coeditor of a monograph on Attachment: Current Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice, and the author and co-author of about 150 journal articles and about a 100 chapters and edited books. He is in private practice working on two books, one on Critical Evaluation of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and one on Attachment and Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Stephen Portuges

Stephen Portuges, Ph.D., FIPA, is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. He has been Associate Director of Research at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center; Director of Research at the Los Angeles Center for Psychoanalytic Research, and President of the Psychoanalytic Research Society, Section VI, of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association. He is the author of numerous articles in professional journals and he is the Executive Editor of the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies.

Jenna Knauss (Program Administrator)

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