Cassie Brown, M.A.
Cassie Brown, M.A. is a Registered Psychological Assistant who is supervised by Dr. Kierce. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at San Francisco State University. While completing her undergraduate education, she worked in the Clinical Affective Neuroscience Laboratory in the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco, where she assisted neuropsychologist and faculty Dr. Virginia Sturm with research related to emotional expression among populations with frontotemporal dementia.
Cassie completed her master degree in clinical psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego. She has received pre-doctoral training at the University of California, San Diego in the outpatient psychiatry department, where she completed advanced training in neuropsychology and neuropsychological assessment. The presenting problems among patient’s she served included epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, dementia, sports concussion, and ADHD. Additionally, she had the unique opportunity of assisting in the operating room at UCSD Medical Center with Wada testing, a procedure used to identify language and memory function in each brain hemisphere.
Cassie is currently completing a pre-doctoral psychology externship at Bayview Behavioral Health in Chula Vista, California, and Bayview’s sister hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California. At Bayview, she works with patients who have chronic and severe presentations such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, major depression, and anxiety. She works with both inpatient and outpatient populations, and conducts group therapy as well as individual therapy and psychological assessment.
Cassie’s clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment, forensic assessment, personality assessment, trauma-informed therapeutic intervention, and intervention for depression, anxiety, and psychosis. She is interested in the relationship between brain and behavior, and the impact of neuropsychological functioning on behavior. She is currently completing a doctoral dissertation on the topic of assessment for true versus feigned memory impairment in individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury via the guidance of Donald J. Viglione, Jr., Ph.D. She has been trained in therapeutic orientations that include cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy.