of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology
Office: KH D3073
IntroductionTeaching Interests Research Interests
Educational Background Schedule & Office Hours
Iam a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychology. I have spent much of the last 10 years teaching psychology and supervising students in the areas of research, psychological assessment and psychotherapy. I am currently the coordinator of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Born and raised in Jamaica, I did my PhD in Montreal, Canada and most of my clinical training in the U.S. (Richmond, Virginia and San Francisco, California). I have a great appreciation of, and interest in, multicultural issues. I joined the CSULA Psychology Department in 2003.
My graduate training combined physiological and clinical psychology allowing me to pursue my broad interest in the discipline of psychology and develop competency in a variety of areas. I have enjoyed teaching undergraduate courses in Introductory Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Lab Methods, Experimental Psychology, Health Psychology, Individual and Family Therapy. I have also taught graduate courses in Ethics, Psychological Assessment, Clinical Neuropsychology, and the Psychological Treatment of Mental Health Problems. I have also run courses open to the Public on Understanding Female Sexuality and Managing Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
My research interests are broad and reflect the many settings that I have worked in. My early Ph.D. research was on the neural mechanisms of pain and analgesia. During my post doctoral training in neuropsycholgy I became interested in the behavioral effects of traumatic brain injury. As my work became more clinical in its focus I began to collect data on cross cultural differences in relationships and mental health problems (particularly Phobias, Depression and Eating Disorders), the use of standardized psychological instruments in developing countries, the reasons for youth participation in sports, and the development of mental health education.
Representative Professional Activities
2003 Gaines, S.O., Ramkissoon. M. and Matthies, B. Cultural value orientations and accommodation among heterosexual relationships in Jamaica. Journal of Black Psychology, 2003, 29(2) 165-186. 2003 Hickling, F. and Matthies, B.K. Training clinical psychologists at UWI. West Indian Medical Journal, 2003, 52 (4) 326. 2003 Matthies, B.K. Careers in Psychology. Fifth Annual Psychology Conference, Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica
|Ph.D. Clinical Psychology 1993|
|Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|B.A. Psychology 1983|
|Kingston, Ontario, Canada|
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