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Brittany Aleshire Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

Brittany Aleshire, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology




Santa Maria

Brittany Aleshire Ph.D. 


Dr. Aleshire is an Assistant Professor of Psychology with Brandman University’s MA Psychology program. Dr. Aleshire is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco Bay. Dr. Aleshire’s clinical range has given her the knowledge and practical experience necessary to work with early-career professionals in Brandman’s MFT program. Dr. Aleshire has gained a breadth of experience in Family Theories and Interventions, Psychopathology and Diagnostics, Assessment, and Marital, Individual, and Group Theories and Interventions. She has worked in a variety of settings with a diversity of cases. At The Family Institute of Pinole (Pinole, CA) she served clients from socioeconomically disadvantaged communities and ethnically diverse backgrounds who were often multi-stressed and had often suffered multiple traumas. Her training at California Men’s Colony (San Luis Obispo, CA) offered me an in-depth experiential education in moderate-severe psychopathology, criminality, differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical assessment. At ADMHS- Santa Barbara County (Santa Maria, CA) Dr. Aleshire implement a variety of assessment strategies to conduct parental fitness and psychological evaluations to formulate and complete court-ordered dispositional recommendations. She is currently in private practice which has allowed her to extend her experience to the community-based health care setting; including the interface of psychology with managed care in terms of consultation, program development, and mental health service delivery.  Altogether, Dr. Aleshire offers a range of experiences which uniquely prepare her to contribute to Brandman University’s educational milieu.


  • Psychology


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant University, San Francisco, CA

Dissertation:“Hooking up in the 21st Century: Women's Sexual Self Determination”

M.A. in Clinical Psychology

California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant University, San Francisco, CA

Thesis:“A Social Constructivist Theory Perspective: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation, Authenticity and Women's Sexual Behavior”

B.S. in Psychology and Human Development

California Polytechnic State University, San Francisco, CA
Areas of Concentration: Forensic Psychology, Philosophy

Scholarly Activities

Recipient of Paul Werner Dissertation Award Honoring Innovation and Creativity

Dissertation on "Hooking up in the 21st Century: Women's Sexual Self Determination"

Professional Experiences

Psychological Assistant

Central Coast Employee Assistance & Counseling
Service, San Luis Obispo, CA

Development of clinical competence with adults, children, and families with cultural differences, ethical issues, and interdisciplinary relationships in private practice setting.

Psychological Assistant

Browne Psychological Services, San Luis Obispo, CA

Developed facility with assessment, diagnostic and intervention skills including: interviews, history, risk assessment, child protective issues, triage, disposition and referral.

Pre-Doctoral Intern

Santa Barbara County Juvenile Justice
and Mental Health Services: ADMHS

Predominantly served children, adolescents and parents referred from Child Welfare Services for psychological assessment of level of care assignment and parental fitness evaluations.


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