California licensed clinical psychologist with more than 35 years experience living and working in the United States , Europe, Central and South America working within different cultures and using a variety of psychiatric modalities; hypnosis, DBT, EMT, CBT, etc. Staff and volunteer positions include: community service/leadership, Director of Spain’s International Health Association; UCSD clinical research in psychiatry and medicine, U.S. Research Advisory Committee Gulf War Syndrome, PTSD, The Scripps Research Institute labs working in the field of immunochemistry/biology; developer psychological inventories, founder of three non-profit mental health foundations in South America. Founder of The Charter 100 Women’s leadership organization with 15 chapters worldwide; Founder Woman of the World W.O.W., women leaders worldwide. Author Pragmatic Psychologist , Guides to Living and LifeMaps; a new way to navigate through life’s ages and stages. Creative, visionary and strategic thinker able to link resources to achieve vision, mission, goals and objectives. Organized, efficient and detail oriented. Technical/scientific writing for peer-reviewed medical journals, grant writing/ review and management. Project management, multi-tasking, protocol and data development. Independent psychologist at senior retirement and skilled nursing facilities, San Diego, CA… Psychometrist; Psychodiagnostic testing, psychiatric evaluations, forensics and testing in lock-up facilities in California including working with death-row inmates at San Quentin, I.Q. and psychological testing, including ASD and special needs children and adults. Expert witness Family court, custody and CPS clients, general practice of psychology.
B.A. Art History major Microbiology minor, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. (May, 1974)
M.A. Psychology, magna cum laude, United States International University, San Diego, CA. (May, 1976)
Ph.D. Psychology, United States International University, cum laude, San Diego, CA. (April, 1977)
M.D. Medicine, Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, summa cum laude, Quito, Ecuador, SA (July, 1997)
University of San Diego Law School, San Diego, CA. (1980-) *studies interrupted by President Reagan appointment to the U.S. Department of Justice, Refugee Affairs.
California Psychology 2011-current #24337
Nebraska Psychology 1993-inactive # 100664
- Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging firm operator fMRI, University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Center for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, psychiatric research on children with mild traumatic brain injury.(Sep 2012-2013)
- Improving Advisory & Counseling with Decision Quality, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. (June 2009)
Jan 2010-present-Owner, Pickett Psychological Products & Practice as independent clinical psychologist in private practice, consultant, writer, psychology and life coach, health advocate, organizational and project planning, San Diego, CA
Nov 2011-Apr 2013-Research Associate, project manager, Dept. of Psychiatry University of California at San Diego UCSD “A Psychiatric and Imaging Study of Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury” IRB 110497 using MRI and fMRI technology
May 2008-Jan 2011 Chief Development Officer, Decision Education Foundation, Palo Alto, CA. Directed development office for Stanford University affiliated non-profit foundation teaching kids how to make better decisions in their lives.
Aug 2006-May 2008– Medical and Scientific Director, Jeffrey Modell Foundation, New York, NY. www.info4pi.org; international leaders in primary immunodeficiency diseases; funding, clinical, translational research and education. World wide support for physicians, families and patients with immune deficiency disorders. First author on scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, increased physician and scientist participation by 300% in JM Centers worldwide participated in international immunology conferences, Harvard Medical School. Active with Kid’s Days-with patients, families, physicians and other health-care providers for education, mutual support and understanding.
Aug 2003-Aug 2006- Consultant and Archivist, Robert A. Good Foundation, St. Petersburg, FL. www.robertagoodarchives.com , Dr. Robert Good; the Father of Modern Immunology and the first to successfully transplant bone marrow in humans. First author on articles in peer-reviewed journals. Created extensive website on behalf of RAG, archived 1500 articles, awards, books. Organized several international immunology conferences at USF and Harvard Medical School.
Feb 2002-Aug 2003 Scientific Staff, Research Advisory Committee, Gulf War Veterans’ Illness, (RAC-GWVI) Veterans’ Administration, La Jolla, CA. www.va.gov/rac-gwvi Congressionally mandated committee to address the increasing health issues presented by Veterans of the Gulf Wars. In addition to setting up the first administrative and research offices of the commission at the V.A., interviewed vets and clinical practitioners, researched the literature for clues contributing to the causes of clinical presentations and therapeutic results of treatment of presumed Gulf War Illness in addition to PTSD and other mental and physical disorders seen in veterans, civilian and military, of the Gulf Wars and other similar theaters of war. Examined and vetted current research, clinical therapies and grants for their bona fides, Conducted scientific analyses and monitoring of research proposals, grants, and clinical trials and published results on GWVI. Prepared drafts for publication for national report to the Congress. Advocated for vets to be able to receive health and mental health care, Participated in international meetings in Washington, D.C., compiled and edited proceedings and prepared published reports to the V.A. and U.S. Congress of meetings of RAC-GWVI. Developed contacts with the United States Congress, veterans, VA, and advocate groups as well as physicians, nurses and scientists, (some of whom were affected by Gulf War Syndrome) participating in clinical work and research on GWVI.
April 2000-Aug 2000 Program Representative, H.A.T.S. Program, UCSD Dept. of Pediatrics, San Diego, CA. (temporary position to finish grant). Bi-lingual Community outreach to students and their families to help secure health benefits including remedial help for learning challenged children and family members of migrant and other underserved populations in North San Diego County (Health Access Through Schools (HATS) )Increased enrollment ten-fold of students and families in health programs, mostly in the Spanish speaking communities in north San Diego County. Organized and conducted parent workshops and community meetings in Spanish and English. Sent referrals for psychological testing.
Apr 2000-consultant to criminal attorneys, San Diego, CA for death row inmates at San Quentin, CA-reviewed trial and appellate files for inconsistencies, omissions and errors
Jan 1996-Aug 1997 Dean of Students, Universidad de San Francisco de Quito Medical School, Quito, Ecuador, South America .Provided IQ and mental health screening and support services for current and prospective students in new state-of-the-art health sciences and medical school at USFQ. Created Family Days for families, staff and students.
Aug 1997- Professor-at-large, USFQ, School of Medicine, Quito, Ecuador
Jan 1994-Founder, Foundation Ramón y Cajal, Community Health foundation, Quito, Ecuador Worked as volunteer psychologist and medical student in Julio Endara psychiatric hospital for four years. Rebuilt 100 bed children’s facility Julio Endara Psychiatric Hospital for children, adolescents and adults who are mentally and physically challenged. Organized lectures and workshops/clinics by leading experts in the field of psychiatry, cancer and immunology at Hospital Metropolitano. Participants included: Dr. Ruth Grobstein, UCSD, Dr. Zoltan Ovary, NYU, et al… Participated in ‘Operation Smile’, as a medical student with medical teams from the U.S. Physicians performed cleft palate and lip surgeries in rural areas and in the Amazon Jungle. Participated in avalanche rescues and infectious disease clinics in the Amazon Jungle re: malaria, leishmaniasis, etc. Participated as mental health Volunteer during Peru-Ecuador war-hospital detail re: PTSD in returning veterans many of whom now had physical challenges as well as post traumatic stress disorder issues.
Jan 1991-Jan 1994 Director, International Community Health Association, Madrid, Spain. Expanded Association from a single practitioner to a practice with 5 specialists, plus referrals to several hospitals in Madrid and Stateside, to include all branches of mental and physical health services in Spanish and English. Organized various international conferences on psychology and learning; a complex paradigm. Lectured on a variety of subjects at community and professional functions. Developed lay clinics on top 5 issues seen in schools today. Created after-school girls’ self-esteem groups for the American ex-pat community. Clinical Practice included the full spectrum of psychological and medical issues which were referred out, when necessary, to physicians and other health specialists. Created Super Saturdays programs for families and students helping students improve and integrate their academic, self-esteem and sports skills to achieve personal goals. Included family members to develop and improve student support system away from school. Trained university students as mentors and liaison staff which also helped them be part of a ‘family’ experience while studying abroad. Organized first international conference on education and the overseas experience, Madrid, Spain.
Jan 1994-Aug 1997 Psychologist, Quito, Ecuador. Worked as Clinical Psychologist in private practice and on staff at the International School in Quito, Ecuador and Julio Endara Psychiatrist Hospital.
Jul 1995- Founder, Ecuador, Siglo XXI-obtained land, funding and designs for a competent, complete community to include a maternity hospital, community buildings and workshops for the disabled, housing for unwed mothers and seniors, etc.
Dec 1983-Jan 1989-President Reagan Appointee, Regional Director Immigration & Naturalization Service , United States Dept. of Justice, Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy. Responsible for U.S. Refugee Program worldwide. Created the U.S.’s first pre-inspection program at airports in the U.K. and Ireland to stem the tide of illegal trade and immigrants entering into U.S. territory. Visited refugee camps worldwide to improve processing and relocation. Participated in the UN Viet Nam repatriation program with the Vietamese and U.S. governments. Reduced asylum backlog by more than 50%.
Apr 1977-current – Psychologist. United States, and internationally worked with the American and British Embassies, Madrid; international schools/private practice; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Madrid, Spain; Quito, Ecuador- currently in Private practice, San Diego, CA. specializing in psychometric tests for learning challenged and gifted students as well as children and families in crisis; general practice of psychology . In Europe and South America the areas of specialization included eating disorders and all forms of abuse issues, depression and students at risk for suicide as well as the full neurotic and psychotic spectrum of disorders, families in crisis, alcohol and drug dependency issues, etc. Psychologist for ex-pat community and other diplomatic missions in international schools and the military, creating re-entry programs as well as ‘Welcome Abroad’ and Welcome Home’ programs, self-esteem clinics, family dynamics groups, presentations and workshops on a variety of issues, particularly for the women and children in the international community. Developed a comprehensive and extensive self-supporting mental and medical health referral program Wrote and received private and U.S. federal grant funding from corporations and non-profit organizations as well as international agencies, the American and British embassies. Gave community presentations on a variety of issues. As the only U.S. licensed psychologist, at the time, in the various overseas posts. Invited specialists from the United States to give presentations and workshops to the professional and lay audiences.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY WORK-Current & Former
- Board Member San Diego Psychological Association , 2019-current
- Board Member, Villa Europa HOA, 2017-current
- Past Member, San Diego Board of Supervisor’s Mental Health Advisory Board, San Diego, CA
- Founder of The Charter 100 Women’s Organization; San Diego, Orange County, Phoenix, Tucson, Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Quito Ecuador, Madrid, & Canary Islands Spain, Mexicali/Tijuana, Rome, St. Petersberg, Russia, London, UK
- Founder, Charter 100 International, San Diego, CA
- Sponsoring Member INFA, families and children-Quito, Ecuador
- Former member, Mexican-American Association, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
- Former member, Chancellor’s Associates, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
- Girl Scouts, Lifetime Member
- Founder Damas Norte Americanas y Britanicas, Quito, Ecuador
- Consultant, Health, Education & Welfare, President Abdula Bucharam, Ecuador, 1995
- Consultant, Health, Education & Welfare, President Rosalia Arteaga, Ecuador 1996-1997
- Decision Analysis; Strategic Decision and Risk Management in Counseling (SDRM) Certificate Program, Stanford, University, Palo Alto, CA
- Member, San Diego Psychological Association
- Founder Damas Españolas y Ecuadorianas, Ecuador
- Flying Samaritans-San Diego to Baja California
- Member American Psychological Association
- Operation ‘Sonrisa (Smile’, volunteer medical student award, Amazon Jungle, Ecuador
- SDSU alumni Board of Directors
- Alliant University (USIU)-Board of Directors
- KPBS Community Service Award
Mexican-American Studies Program, UCSD
- Chancellor’s Associates-UCSD
- La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art-Board of Directors
- La Jolla Town Council-Member
- Commission of the Californias-Lt. Gov. appointment
- Damas Diplomaticas-Spain, Ecuador, Honduras
- Member Society for Judgment and Decision-Making
- California Consulting Psychologists
- Numerous Continuing Education courses in a variety of areas to keep up-to-date with the newest developments in psychiatry/psychology
- Written numerous articles for local newsletters and have given talks to local organizations on depression, anxiety, LGBT issues, variety of life challenges including PTSD, abuse, eating disorders, OCD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, parenting, living abroad and re-entering life in the U.S., How to recognize abuse in children and adults, self-esteem and bullying in middle and high school, etc.
- Outstanding Service to the American People-U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Washington, D.C.
- Outstanding Performance Ratings-U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Immigration & Naturalization Service, Refugee, Asylum and Parole (1983-1989)
- Who’s Who in the East
- Who’s Who in the West
- Who’s Who in American Women
- Volunteer Service Award, Peru-Ecuador conflict given by the Government of Ecuador
- Certificate of Appreciation-San Diego Board of Supervisors
- KPBS Community Service Award, San Diego
- KPBS TV presenter
- Medalla de Oro-Service and Contribution to the Community, Quito, Ecuador, given by President Jamil Witt
- Crystal Strawberry Award for Community Service in Honduras, Charter 100 Tegucigalpa, Honduras, presented by the First Lady of Honduras Mary Flakes de Flores
- Woman of the Year-Charter 100, San Diego, CA
- Aer Lingus Airlines Special Commendation for Service in Establishing the First Pre-Inspection Operation at Shannon Airport, Shannon, Ireland
- Recognition Award International Woman’s Organization for service to the women and children of Madrid and in appreciation of establishing the International Community Health Association for mental health, Madrid Spain
SELECTED PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Introduction: Robert A. Good Immunology Conference 2007, Pickett, D., Day, N. Immunologic
Research, Vol. 38, No 1-3/July 2007
The Thymus Paper the story of the events that led to the demonstration, by Good, et al. of the crucial role played by the thymus in mammalian immunity… Pickett, D., Day, N. www.robertagoodarchives.com
Impact of a Physician Education and Patient Awareness Campaign on the Diagnosis and Management of Primary Immunodeficiencies, Pickett, D., Modell, V., Leighton, I., Modell, F. Immunologic Research,2008;40(1):93-4, Vol.
Personality Differences between Scientists and Actors, Pickett, D., PhD Dissertation, United States International University, 1977
Indicators of and Diagnosing Mental Illness and Schizophrenia Using Art Therapy, Pickett, D., Master’s Thesis, United States International University, 1976
Robert A. Good: physician, scholar, scientist, teacher; vignettes. Pickett D, Day-Good N. Immunol Res. 2008; 40(1):49-86.
In Memoriam: Robert A. Good, pp 1-24, Pickett D, Day-Good N, Cytokines, Stress and Immunity, Second Edition, editors: Plotnikoff, Faith, Murgo and Good, CRC Press 2007
- Damas Diplomaticas: Honduras, Spain, Italy, Ecuador,
- Commission of the Californias, California Lt. Gov. Appointment
- UCSD Chancellor’s Associates UCSD Mexican –American Study Programs
- INFA-Instituto de Familias y Niños, Ecuador
- Founder, Fundación Ramón y Cajal, health, science and education foundation
- Founder, Ecuador Siglo XXI, community planning and construction of semi-rural competent villages, Ecuador including homes for seniors, children and adults in need
- Girl Scouts, Lifetime Member
- Member, La Jolla Town Council, La Jolla, CA
- Member, San Diego Board of Supervisor’s Mental Health Advisory Board, San Diego, C
- Medalla de Oro, presented by President of the Republic, Jamil Will Malmud Quito, Ecuador
- Certificate of Appreciation for work with the community Quiteña, presented by Rosalia Arteaga, Vice-President and President of the Republic, Quito, Ecuador
- Outstanding Performance, I&NS, USDOJ (six years)
- Outstanding Contribution to the American People, S. Department of Justice, Immigration & Naturalization Service (now, Homeland Security)
- Charter 100, Woman of the Year: San Diego, CA & Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Who’s who in American Women
- Who’s who in the East?
- KPBS-TV award for community service , San Diego, CA
- Service to the Community Mental Health Programs San Diego Board of Supervisors,
- Liberty Award for service to the American People , U.S. Department of Justice, I&NS
- Dedication for the Contributions to the Women and Children of the International Women’s Club in Madrid.
Fluent: English, Spanish and Italian;