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Vanessa Holtgrave, Psy.D.

Dr. Holtgrave obtained her Doctor of Psychology degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in clinical-forensic psychology with a research emphasis on police psychology. She conducted original research on obsessive-compulsive personality traits in law enforcement and presented her research at the American Psychological Association convention.

Dr. Holtgrave is a professor of clinical and forensic psychology and a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of California and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She has extensive experience in psychological and neuropsychiatric assessment and diagnosis. She has worked closely with psychiatric medical professionals as part of a forensic team, provides consultations, and coordinates patient care with medical professionals in a psychiatric setting.

Over the years she’s has worked within the prison system, juvenile detention facilities, and within community mental health. Dr. Holtgrave resides in San Luis Obispo, CA and enjoys traveling and recently completed a trip across Europe, visiting 13 countries and over 30 major cities.




  • Psychology


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Psy.D. in Clinical-Forensic Psychology - 2015
Dissertation: “Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Features in Law Enforcement”

Walden University, Minneapolis MN
M.S. in Psychology - 2009
Thesis: Virtual Therapeutic Environments: A Complimentary Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
B.S. in Psychology - 2006
Minor in Sociology

Scholarly Activities

Collaborative Suicide Panel, Casa Pacifica
Panel Member - 2017, December
Title: An Evening of Hope and Resilience

Cyberbullying Workshop, Browne Psychological Services
Primary Presenter - 2015, February
Title: Tormented youth: Cyber bullying and its effects on kids.

Annual Convention – Washington, DC, American Psychological Association
Presenter - 2014, August
Title: Obsessive-compulsive personality traits in law enforcement.

Professional Experiences

Brandman University Santa Maria/Modesto/Hanford/Visalia, CA Assistant Professor of Psychology
Adjunct Faculty/Assistant Professor 2016-Current

Southern New Hampshire University
Adjunct Faculty 2017-Current

Columbia Southern University
Adjunct Faculty 2017-2018

Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Santa Barbara, CA
Clinical Psychologist 2015-2018
AB-109 Program in association with Santa Barbara County Department of Probation

Casa Pacifica – Safe Alternatives For Treating Youth (SAFTY) Santa Maria, CA
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 2016-2018
5150 Civil Commitment Assessments and Suicide Intervention

Browne Psychological Services Arroyo Grande, CA
Doctoral Intern 2014-2016
Pediatric and Adult Psychological Evaluation

Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Santa Maria, CA
Practicum Student
PEI-TAY Program, Children’s Mental Health, and Juvenile Justice Mental Health 2012-2014

Center for Mental Health – Great Falls Prison Pre-Release Great Falls, MT
Clinical Therapist/Adult Case Management
Prison Transition services for state and federal parolees 2007-2011


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