Patti Park

Patti Park

Lecturer in Social Welfare


M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Work, UCLA

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Patti Park is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s in Social Welfare and a Doctorate in Psychology.

She has extensive experience in executive and senior leadership positions in community mental health organizations throughout Los Angeles County, and has been providing direct clinical services since 2001.

Dr. Park’s areas of interest include mental health, organizational leadership, and contextual competence. Her experience includes clinical practice, research, teaching, program evaluation and development, grant writing, and executive management.

She was involved in the planning and implementation of Proposition 63 funded trauma-focused and evidence-based programs in L.A. County. She has served on county best practices committees to enhance assessment and treatment for children involved in the child welfare system. Her most recent agency-based leadership role was as Regional Director for Children’s Institute, Inc. In this position, she provided strategic and organizational leadership to develop and sustain comprehensive trauma-focused mental health programs to children and families suffering from the intersecting effects of poverty, oppression and trauma.

She integrates her clinical and leadership experiences into her teaching roles at UCLA and at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she has taught social work theory and clinical practice courses.

In addition to her teaching roles, Dr. Park maintains a private practice where she provides psychotherapy and consultation services. Her clinical interests are primarily in the areas of mindfulness-based approaches in psychotherapy, resiliency, complex trauma and interpersonal neurobiology.