Read about CSAM staff psychologists and therapists' training backgrounds and interests.
Jill A. Stoddard, Ph.D. (director)
Licensed Psychologist (PSY21852)
Dr. Stoddard received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University where she trained at the highly regarded Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (www.bu.edu/anxiety) under the mentorship of Dr. David Barlow. She completed an APA accredited internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Thereafter, she worked as a staff psychologist at the San Diego Veterans Hospital in the Primary Care and Post-traumatic Stress clinics. In addition to her role at CSAM, she is also an Associate Professor at Alliant International University (www.alliant.edu). Dr. Stoddard specializes in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders and has expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has presented her research at professional conferences and coauthored articles on CBT, ACT, social phobia, panic disorder, late-life anxiety, chronic pain, non-cardiac chest pain, and surgical anxiety. She is a member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (www.adaa.org), The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (www.abct.org), and The Association for Contextual and Behavioral Sciences (www.contextualscience.org). Dr. Stoddard's book, The Big Book of ACT Metaphors: A Practioner's Guide to Experiential Exercises and Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, is now available to order. To purchase your copy, click here.
MICHELLE LOPEZ, PH.D. (assistant director)
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST (PSY27118)
rancho bernardo location
Dr. Lopez is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Assistant Director at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management (CSAM). She has extensive training in evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which she utilizes to help individuals overcome anxiety and depression. She has several years of experience treating social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, stress, depression, trichotillomania, and misophonia. Dr. Lopez also helps clients work on issues related to developing a sense of purpose, establishing healthy relationships, increasing self-compassion, and improving overall quality of life. Dr. Lopez is particularly interested in helping clients work through problems that interfere with living a meaningful, enriching life. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Lopez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Undergraduate Psychology at Alliant International University, where she teaches college courses and mentors students. In her spare time, Dr. Lopez enjoys reading, exercising, working on research projects, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Terra Fuhr, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (PSY24017)
mission valley location
Dr. Fuhr received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. She trained in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient and outpatient hospitals, forensic settings, university counseling centers, and substance abuse treatment programs. The focus of her clinical training has been providing individual and group therapy, as well as conducting psychological assessments (including neuropsychological, cognitive, personality, and ADHD assessments). Dr. Fuhr completed her APA accredited internship at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC. The scope of her career includes substance abuse treatment centers, an intensive outpatient program for depression and anxiety, and private practice. Dr. Fuhr also provides wellness and communication seminars in business and educational settings. She has spent over ten years working in private practice, providing cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychological assessments for children and adults. She specializes in treating adults with anxiety and mood disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, habit change, and depression. She also works with clients struggling to make difficult life transitions. Dr. Fuhr uses cutting edge techniques to overcome problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Dr. Fuhr is trained in EMDR therapy for trauma and phobias. Therapy is tailored to meet each individual's specific needs and short term goals, as well as help clients build tools for long-term balance and well-being.
Janina Scarlet, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (PSY26231)
mission valley location
Dr. Scarlet earned her Ph.D. from the City University of New York. Her clinical experience includes using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help individuals with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, sleep, and other mental health and medical conditions, as well as using Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. Dr. Scarlet also has experience working with a variety of mindfulness and meditation techniques, as well as compassion and self-compassion. In addition, she is fluent in Russian and can conduct therapy with Russian-speaking clients. Finally, Dr. Scarlet is a proud geek and is able to incorporate clients' interests into research-supported therapy, which she calls “Superhero Therapy,” using characters such as Batman, Avengers, X-Men, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, and many others. She has given multiple presentations on Superhero Therapy at different conferences, including the San Diego Comic Con. Above all, Dr. Scarlet believes in establishing an active collaboration with a client and working as a team in targeting the presenting problems.
Vanessa Laughter, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (PSY26966)
carlsbad and rancho bernardo locations
Dr. Laughter received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, San Diego. She has expertise in evidenced-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, to help people with emotional disorders and chronic pain. Dr. Laughter completed her pre-doctoral internship at Aurora Behavioral Health Care- San Diego where she worked with adults, adolescents, and children. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California San Diego Medical Center where she specialized in providing therapy to people with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and sleep problems. Dr. Laughter is especially interested in helping adults and teens with generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, and phobias. She has specialty training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy to treat posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as biofeedback training for anxiety and chronic pain. In addition to working at CSAM, Dr. Laughter conducts psychological evaluations for women who want to act as gestational surrogates and egg donors.
Jan Estrellado, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (PSY28881)
mission valley location
Dr. Estrellado is a licensed psychologist and uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to treat anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Estrellado has worked with teens, adults, and older adults in individual and group therapy. Other areas of expertise include working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients and with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients. In addition to her work at CSAM, Dr. Estrellado is the Associate Training Director for the psychology department at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and also a lecturer in the Counseling and School Psychology Department at San Diego State University.
Bridget Asplund, M.A.
Registered Psychological Assistant (PSB94022922)
Mission Valley and Rancho Bernardo locations
Bridget is a registered psychological assistant, meaning she is a doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Janina Scarlet. Bridget earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Psychology from the University of South Florida. She received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego, where she is currently completing coursework and research toward a doctoral degree. Her doctoral studies include a special emphasis on the relationship between physical and mental health. Bridget has experience and training utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Self-Compassion, and Biofeedback to help with anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. She is passionate about working together with individuals to overcome obstacles, utilize strengths, and develop skills to improve overall well-being.
Annabelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant on a study examining the relationship between mood and perception. She also developed a passion for therapy and the clinical side of psychology. Besides her education and experience in psychology, she also held several internships working with social media as a marketing tool. She plans to attend graduate school in the Fall of 2017 with the goal of becoming a therapist.