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Mental Health FAQ Session: Meet the Professionals

  • Pasadena Central Library 285 East Walnut Street Pasadena, CA, 91101 United States (map)

Find out more about the different professionals within the mental health field and answers to some of the frequently asked questions (FAQ.)  Panel discussion followed by question and answer session. 

Panelists:

Dr. Keyondria Bunch

Dr. Keyondria Bunch is a licensed Psychologist who works for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health as a Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Bunch earned her B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University, then went on to earn her Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Bunch currently works for the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program where she works to collaborate with hospitals, community mental health agencies, and court officials to provide services to chronically mentally ill individuals. This position involves in service trainings around the AOT program, in-depth clinical investigation of referrals to ensure that clients fit the laws of the program, short term stabilization and crisis assessment, preparation of court documents for court mandated mental health services, and weekly expert testimony in court.

Dr. Bunch is trained and certified in several evidenced based treatment interventions (Functional Family Therapy; Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy), has served on the DMH committee for national training on African American mental health, participated in a collaborative between DMH and the Regional Center, and continues to serve as a Union steward for SEIU 721.

Outside of her role at the Department of Mental Health, Dr. Bunch has a private practice where she provides Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Assault assessments for Veterans as well as provides Court Appointed Competency evaluations for defendants who are incompetent to stand trial. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor for the Antioch University Masters program, providing Instruction in courses on Community Violence and Trauma and Addiction. Dr. Bunch has also served as a guest lecturer for Masters level Courses in Psychology at Cal State Dominguez Hills and California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Bunch has several academic publications and is listed as co-author in a book chapter on Clinical Supervision. In August of 2017 Dr. Bunch was appointed by Governor Brown to be a Commissioner on the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. This governmental appointment is ongoing and involves monthly participation in the MHSOAC commission to collaborate on the mental health goals and MHSA funds for the State of California. 

Melissa Castro, MSW

Melissa Castro has a diverse knowledge working with children, adolescents, adults and families of various socio-economic status across California in a micro, mezzo, and macro setting.  Her desire for equality has led to her continuing to advocate to eliminate the mental health stigma and ensuring people have access to appropriate services.  In fulfilling this passion she currently helps to link cancer patients to treatment without any barriers. While working on creating social change, Ms. Castro is the newly elected Member at Large, Vice President of Professional Development with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), California Chapter. 

Ms. Castro received her Bachelor degree in Anthropology and Master in Social Work from San Francisco State University.  Post graduate school, Melissa earned her Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) from U.C. Berkeley and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California working towards her Doctorate in Social Work (DSW).  Her capstone project is in developing innovative solutions towards closing the health gap. 

 

Dr. Chevvy Cheung, LCSW

Dr. Chevvy Cheung is an experienced therapist and Adjunct Professor, also starting a practice as a Parenting and Life Coach.  Much of his clinical experience has been working with youth as young as 2 years of age and adults, delivering evidenced based and generalist approach towards improving the mental and emotional functioning of clients.  Dr. Cheung has also used his training in Social Work and Psychology to respond to clients experiencing psychiatric emergencies, monitor mental health program service delivery, partnering with numerous community mental health agencies to collaborate on supporting client mental health, housing and medical services for LGBTQ populations. 

 

Alexandria Morgan, LMFT

Alexandria Morgan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Founder of Her Healing, a business that provides mental health services and education in Los Angeles County. Through Her Healing she provides services to children, families, couples, and women. Alexandria specializes in working with trauma and women to overcome a range of life events and stressors. She frequently provides workshops and presentations on trauma, coping skills, compassion fatigue, relationships, and other mental health related topics. Her passion is to share the impact trauma has on individuals and their communities in order to enhance trauma informed care, promote mental health treatment, and provide healing. Alexandria is a graduate of Spelman College where she obtained her BA in Psychology and the University of San Diego where she obtained her MA in Marital and Family Therapy. 

 

Dr. Kathryn R Murray, MD

Kathryn R Murray, MD, is both a Child and Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist in Los Angeles, California. She attended and graduated from the UCLA/Charles Drew Medical Education Program in 2006. Dr. Murray currently is a Supervising Mental Health Psychiatrist at the West Central Family Mental Health Center associated with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. She also provides psychiatric medication support services at Children’s Institute, Incorporated in Watts, California.  She has many interests including community service, education, and scholarship.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tau Tau Omega Chapter, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Twenty Pearls Heritage Foundation. Dr. Murray has received honors and special awards including being an American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Systems of Care Scholarship Recipient, as well as the Association of Black Women Physicians Scholarship Recipient.

Cost: FREE 

Light refreshments will be provided.