Dr. Judy Ho

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Judy Ho, Ph.D., ABPP

UAS Survey Leader for
​Media Questions

Dr. Judy Ho received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology (B. A.) and Business Administration (B. S.) from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed her masters (M. S.) and doctoral degrees (Ph. D.) in Clinical Psychology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine/San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program. She is a two-time recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health Services Research Award (2004 and 2008), and completed a three year National Institute of Mental Health sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in Child Psychiatry at the University of California Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric (Semel) Institute. She became a board specialized specialist (ABPP) through the prestigious American Board of Professional Psychology in 2011.

Dr. Judy Ho is a licensed and board certified psychologist and has over a decade of experience working with clients of all ages with a variety of challenges and issues. Dr. Ho has extensive training in comprehensive psychological testing. She conducts forensic evaluations and is retained as an expert witness in both civil and criminal cases. She hast testified for both the prosecution and the defense, and in each case she is retained in she examines the current literature and utilizes the most up-to-date, scientifically validated instruments to evaluate the individual. Dr. Ho also conducts neuropsychological evaluations to gain a comprehensive picture of an individual's cognitive and psychological functioning, often useful when there are questions regarding the effects of brain trauma or degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. Dr. Ho also conducts psychoeducational evaluations for both children and adults to assess for learning issues and make recommendations to help the individual succeed in school and at work.

In addition to comprehensive psychological assessments, Dr. Ho also delivers empirically driven therapy. Her therapeutic approach combines scientific basis with holistic, complementary techniques in order to create a comprehensive and specialized treatment plan for each client. Dr. Ho's clinical experiences include working in inpatient psychiatric settings for children adolescents, and adults; outpatient and community hospitals and clinics; in forensic settings as a testing psychologist and expert witness in criminal and civic proceedings, and in public schools and special education classrooms. Her areas of expertise include Depression and Anxiety Issues, Childhood and Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Youth behavioral issues, Eating Disorders, and Psychological Testing Services for children and adults. She has specialized training in evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Behavior Management.

Currently, Dr. Ho is a tenure-track, assistant professor of psychology at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She teaches Psychopathology, Treatment Methods, and Statistical Analyses to Doctoral and Master students in Psychology. She currently serves as Consulting Neuropsychologist at Bridges To Recovery, an inpatient residential treatment center for adults, and Consulting Forensic Psychologist at Promises Treatment Center, a drug and alcohol residential treatment program for professionals. She conducts regular trainings for mental health provides for Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (LADMH). In past years, she served as a neuropsychological trainer and consultant for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Legacy Project, as a clinical consultant on the Community Partners in Care Project/Reach NOLA project, training community clinicians on the use of evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies, and consulted for Vericare, delivering bilingual mental health services to Mandarin speaking patients. Dr Ho also conducts clinical research aimed at improving mental health care for low income families in community settings. She has a special interest in the arts and has developed a prevention program for children that utilizes Art and Music as the bases of therapeutic intervention entitled the STAGES Project.

Dr. Ho has appeared on various television programs as an expert psychologist. Notable shows include several primetime programs including 1) CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, 2) CNN's CNN Tonight, 3) HLN's Dr. Drew On Call, 4) ABC Eyewitness News, 5) HLN's Nancy Grace, 6) CBS's The Doctors, 7) NBC Evening News, 8) NBC Nightly News, 9) HLN's Raising America, 10) HLN's News Now, 11) Discovery Channel's Wicked Attraction which examines the psychological processes of couples who commit heinous crimes, 12) Discovery Channel's Pretty Bad Girls which looks at the psychological underpinnings of female criminals, 13) Lifetime Channel's Killer Kids, 12) Pivot TV's TakePart Live, 14) WE TV's Braxton Family Values, 15) VH1's Single with Seven. She has been interviewed by various TV and print news outlets including Life and Style magazine, US Weekly, and NBC's theGrio, CBS2/KCal9, Fox5 San Dieg, and KUSI news. She has written several Op Eds for HLN to provide parenting tips and educate the public on issues regarding child abuse and neglect. Dr. Ho pursues her media consultant work with the goal of providing information to the general public about psychological issues in daily life and quality mental health care.

Dr. Ho regularly contributes clinical research manuscripts to National and International psychological journals, and writes chapter contributions to Mental Health Textbooks and research articles illuminating issues regarding mental health treatment for high need populations. She recently first-authored a chapter examining effective interventions for Conduct Disorder, and another chapter reviewing mental health status, treatment, and outcomes for ethnic minority families. She edited a book titled "Immigrants: Acculturation, Socioeconomic Challenges, and Cultural Psychology." A book that surveys novel treatment methods such as art therapy, music therapy, and virtual reality therapy is currently in development.