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Dr. Cara Gardenswartz

Dr. Cara Gardenswartz has over 25 years of education, training, and experience in her field.

She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to earn her Master’s and Doctorate in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, the top educational institution in the U.S. in the field of Clinical Psychology.

In addition to working with patients, Dr. Cara consults for publications, media, and entertainment. She is a script and technical consultant for television and film, and also teaches undergraduate courses at UCLA.

Clinical Experience

  • The Saturday Center for Psychotherapy, Santa Monica, CA
  • St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital (Teaching Hospital for Columbia University Medical School
  • AIDS Project Los Angeles: Pacific Center, CA
  • UCLA’s Student Psychological Services, Los Angeles, CA
  • Veteran’s Administration, Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program, West Los Angeles, CA
  • Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Services, Inglewood, CA
  • UCLA Psychology Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
  • Neighborhood Youth Association, Mar Vista, CA
  • Long-Island Jewish Hospital, Adolescent Inpatient Unit, Queens, NY

Teaching Experience

  • Professor of Abnormal Psychology (Lecturer), Department of Psychology, UCLA
  • Clinical Supervisor, UCLA Psychology Clinic
  • Teaching Assistant Positions, UCLA: Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Fieldwork in Psychology
  • Alumni Mentor, Department of Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office, UCLA
  • Clinical supervisor, GTLA

Advisory Boards

HEALGRIEF/ACTIVELY MOVING FORWARD (AMF)

College grief support is instrumental to a grieving college student. Most students have never experienced the death of a primary loved one. With many college campuses having limited grief support resources available, these students are at high risk for isolation, depression, dropout and suicide. AMF is a national support network which connects and empowers grieving young adults. These young adults support one another with peer-led grief support groups and are encouraged to participate in community service events in memory of their loved ones. By doing so, they raise awareness about the needs of grieving young adults across the country.

MEDICAL MISSIONS KENYA

MMK’s Medical missions provide a comprehensive continuum of health services aimed at promoting the well being of people in underdeveloped remote villages. Volunteer groups of nurses, pharmacists and doctors provide diagnosis and treatment; establish partnerships and training with local community health care workers; conduct community medical and wellness training; and foster principles of preventative health.

UCLA PEERS ® CLINIC

PEERS® is a manualized, social skills training intervention for youth with social challenges. It has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It also addresses social issues for ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems. UCLA PEERS groups include PEERS for Adolescents, PEERS for Young Adults & PEERS for Preschool preschoolers. UCLA PEERS is currently piloting PEERS for Dating, & PEERS for Careers.