Joel L. Becker, Ph.D.

Clinical Director

Dr. Joel L. Becker received his doctorate in 1977 from the University of Georgia. He did his internship at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center where he was a Clinical Fellow in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Becker founded Behavior Associates and The Boston Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the late 1970’s. These were the early years of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Dr. Becker studied and interacted with the early leaders and pioneers in the field (e.g. Aaron Beck, Albert Ellis, B.F. Skinner and others).

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Pamela D. Elfenbaum, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Pamela Elfenbaum received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from USC, her Masters in Public Health from UCLA, and her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Dr. Elfenbaum completed her internship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services and a post-doctoral fellowship at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Elfenbaum also received specialized training in Mind/Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and also completed couples training through the Gottman Institute.


Denica Gordon-Mandel, Registered Psychological Assistant, M.A., MSW

Denica Gordon-Mandel received her Masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and her Masters in Social Work from USC. Ms Gordon-Mandel area of specialty are in the transitional periods of women’s lives such as pregnancy, care-giving issues, menopause, and interpersonal trauma. She also treats adolescents and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, stress management, panic attacks and various phobias.

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Megan L. Wagner, Ph.d., BCB

Dr. Megan L. Wagner completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Biological & Evolutionary Sciences from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University in 2005. Dr. Wagner received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2011 from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. As part of her doctoral training, Dr. Wagner completed a one-year, APA-accredited internship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) where she trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and psychodynamic therapy, and focused on treating anxiety and mood disorders as well as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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Greg Stanford, Psy.D.

Dr. Stanford received his B.S. from Azusa Pacific University in 2001, at which time he began working at Hillsides Home for Children in Pasadena, California. Dr. Stanford completed his Psy.D. in clinical psychology in 2009 at California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP). Dr. Stanford began his training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in 2007 with a year-long internship at San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health, treating agoraphobia, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, phobias, and social anxiety. He also trained at Los Angeles LGBT Center, Life Skills Treatment Program, and Ocean Park Community Center, where he received intensive supervision in gender and sexual minority stress, grief, substance abuse recovery, terminal illness, and trauma.

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Emily Owens, Ph.d.

Dr. Emily M. Owens is a clinical psychologist. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Statistics from the University of Kansas in 2012 and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2018 from the University of California, Los Angeles. As part of her doctoral training, Dr. Owens trained at Harbor-UCLA Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and completed a one-year, APA-accredited internship at the West Los Angeles VA. At the VA, she trained in a variety of clinics using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based approaches to treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance use disorders, and psychotic-spectrum disorders.

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