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Nakisha Castillo D.M.F.T.

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

Nakisha Castillo, D.M.F.T.

Psychology Field Director, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Governance and Appeals Committee Chair
Nakisha Castillo DMFT



Dr. Nakisha Castillo, is a Psychology Field Director and Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Arts and Science in the psychology program at Brandman University. As a faculty member, she is dedicated to helping her students learn the relevant therapeutic techniques needed to serve a clinical population. Prior to working at Brandman Dr. Castillo worked at the Riverside County Department of Mental Health Desert Adult Full Service Partnership as a clinical therapist I serving the underserved and severely mentally ill population. She has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research. Dr. Castillo brings a wealth of knowledge to the Brandman community through her various experiences as a clinician, adjunct professor, grant writer, consultant, and clinical service coordinator and trainer.



  • Psychology
  • Psychiatric Mental Health


Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy

Loma Linda University, CA

Dissertation: “The Utilization of Recovery Oriented Care Training Program and Evaluation for Clinical Supervisors”

M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Loma Linda University, CA

Major Project: “Theoretical Application and Case Presentation Solution Focused Brief Therapy”

B.S. in Social Work

Atlantic Union College

Area of Concentration: Gerontology

Scholarly Activities

Oloo, W., Castillo, N., Fox, C., Gittens, H.

The Qualitative Study of Recovery-Oriented Care in Clinical Supervision: A Methodological Overview 

Journal of Arts and Humanities, September 2015 

Ringenbach, K., & Castillo, N.

Transformation of Mentorship Through Bidirectional Relationship

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Academic Resource Conference, San Diego, CA

Lyles, L., Castillo, N., Clarke, C., Wray, W., & Fider, C."

To Help Reform and Improve Vulnerability in Education (THRIVE): A Path Analysis Model.

American Association of Marital and Family Theraphy, Third Annual Southern California Student Conference, Loma Linda, CA

Professional Experiences

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Brandman University, School of Arts & Sciences

Teach undergraduate and graduate students in the Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy programs.

Adjunct Professor

Loma Linda University, Department of Behavioral Heath Counseling and Science

Teach graduate and doctoral students in the Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Clinical Therapist I

Riverside County, Department of Mental Health

Provided services to the severely mentally ill, individuals with co-occurring disorders, homeless and low-income populations.


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