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Leafar F. Espinoza, PhD, ABPP

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Leafar F. Espinoza, PhD, ABPP

Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

On staff since February 2010

"When working with children, adolescents and their families, I believe it is one's responsibility to provide care that is informed by current research and ethical guidelines. Children exist within a family system, which in turn exists within several larger systems. I try to be mindful of this, taking into account micro as well as macro influences. In addition to a scientist-practitioner approach, I believe that a sense of empathy, of wanting to hear a family's story and providing them with that opportunity are important in order to translate empirical approaches into successful treatments. Being a kid seems like only yesterday to me, which may in some ways help me see where they are coming from, but certainly contributes to my thorough enjoyment of working with them. I consider it a privilege to have the trust of families and children and do my best to provide informed, ethical and personalized care."

Recommendations

cherylseattle07.19.14
Dr. Espinoza was immediately and genuinely interested in getting to know the complex character that is my son. He utilized common interests to further comfort and relate to him. Dr. Espinoza's suggested "tools" were relevant and easily implemented, which made it actually doable, and not another daunting situation to overcome. Couldn't be more excited to see the work pay off, as I watch my son move through life with a greater ease and confidence. Truly priceless! I highly recommend Dr. Espinoza and will seek him out again, should anything arise in the future.
ElaineLynnwood, WA 06.15.12
Dr. Espinosa has done a wonderful job in providing much needed family support services. He sincerely cares about his patients and families; and comes highly recommended.
Recommend Dr. Leafar Espinoza

Overview

Board Certification(s)
Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Medical/Professional School
Oklahoma State University - Stillwater - Office of the Registrar, Oklahoma
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Public Health-Preventative Med
Residency
Clinical Psychology, Children's Mercy Hospital-Developmental/Behavioral Sciences Clinic, Kansas City

Publications

Destination: 100 Billion Neurons
PsycCRITIQUES , Aug. 28, 2013: 58(35)
Draw and Release: Tension and Independence in the Mother-Daughter Dyad
PsycCRITIQUES , Feb. 20, 2013: 58(8)
Escape From Nurture Into Nature
PsycCRITIQUES , Nov. 21, 2012: 57(46)
A Layered Cake of Commentary
PsycCRITIQUES , Aug. 1, 2012: 57(30)

Presentations

Presentations TitleEventLocationDate
Crianza de los hijos pequenos y identificando depresion en ninos y adolescentes (Parenting the young child and identifying depression in children and teenagers)Centro de Vida Familiar InternacionalTacoma, WANov. 17, 2012
Teaching skills that reduce the need for disciplineMothers of Preschoolers Group (MOPS)Bethany, WAJan. 24, 2012 - Jan. 31, 2012
Group-Based Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Parent Support and Management (PSM): Treatment Comparisons40th annual meeting of the Association of Behavior and Cognitive TherapyChicago, ILNov. 2006
Impact of Early Enrollment in a Prenatal Substance Exposure Program40th annual meeting of the Association of Behavior and Cognitive TherapyChicago, ILNov. 2006
The Relationship between Clinic Participation and Child Abuse PotentialNational Conference on Child Health PsychologyGainesville, FLApril 2006
The Effects of Anxiety and Experimentally-induced Failure on the Problem-solving Ability of College Students With AsthmaGreat Lakes Regional Conference on Child HealthColumbus, OHApril 2005
The Relationship of Perceived Child Vulnerability and Parental Overprotection to Health Care Utilization in Children with DM1 and AsthmaGreat Lakes Regional Conference on Child HealthColumbus, OHApril 2005
Child Outcomes of an Intervention for Parents of Children Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes Society of Pediatric PsychologyCharleston, SCApril 2004
Emotional, Academic, and Vocational Functioning in Adolescent and Young Adults with AsthmaSociety of Pediatric PsychologyCharleston, SCApril 2004
Parent Variables and Psychological Distress Across Diabetes, Asthma, and Cystic FibrosisSociety of Pediatric PsychologyCharleston, SCApril 2004
Parent Variables and Psychological Distress Across Asthma and Cystic FibrosisAmerican Psychological AssociationToronto, CanadaAug. 2003
The Psychological Benefits of Humor in Dealing with Stressors of Modern SocietyRand Afrikaans University Psychology Honors Research SymposiumJohannesburg, South AfricaNov. 1999

Primary Office

Odessa Brown Children's Clinic
OBCC - Suite 100
2101 E Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98122
206-987-7200

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