Nakisha Castillo

Nakisha Castillo

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

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Nakisha Castillo
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Dr. Nakisha Castillo is an Assistant Professor in the School of Arts and Science in the Psychology program at Brandman University. Dr. Castillo enjoys being part of the process which enables students to obtain their academic goals. 

Prior to coming to Brandman, Dr. Castillo taught in the Marital and Family Therapy Program at Loma Linda University, Department of Counseling and Family Science.   As a faculty member, Dr. Castillo is dedicated to helping students learn the relevant therapeutic techniques needed to serve a clinical population.  In addition to teaching at Loma Linda, Dr. Castillo worked at the Riverside County Department of Mental Health as a full time clinical therapist serving the underserved and severely mentally ill population. Dr. Castillo has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research in the areas of the utilization of Recovery Oriented Care in clinical supervision and academic success of African American males. 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.  As a Brandman faculty, Dr. Castillo will continue to build community relationships through her volunteer work and board participation. 

Discipline

Psychology

Education

2013

Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA

DMFT

Final Project: “The Utilization of Recovery Oriented Care (U-ROC) Training Program and Evaluation for Clinical Supervisors

2010

Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA

M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy

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

2007

Atlantic Union College, South Lancaster, MA

B.S. in Social Work

Scholarly Activities
  • Castillo, N., Gittens, H., & Baker, W. (Feb 2013). Clinical Supervisor’s Understanding of Recovery Oriented Care Principles. A workshop presentation at the Third Annual Southern California student conference for American Association of Marital and Family Therapy, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Lyles, L., Castillo, N., Clarke, C., Wray, W., & Fider, C. (Feb 2013). To Help Reform and Improve Vulnerability in Education (THRIVE): A Path Analysis Model. A workshop presentation at the Third Annual Southern California student conference for American Association of Marital and Family Therapy, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Lyles, L., Castillo, N., Clarke, C., Wray, W., & Fider, C. (Mar 2012). Black to Basics. Paper presentation at the Loma Linda University Second Annual Student Conference, Loma Linda, CA.
Professional Experience

2014-present

Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA

Adjunct Professor, Department of Counseling and Family Science

2013-2015

Riverside County Department of Mental Health, Palm Springs, CA

Clinical Therapist I

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