Aaron Aviera, PhD
Clinical Faculty and Clinic Director, West Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Aaron Aviera is a clinical psychologist who has been with Pepperdine University since 1997. He is director of the Pepperdine Psychological and Educational Clinic at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus. He helped develop and currently directs the Jerry Butler Union Rescue Mission - Pepperdine Counseling Center. Aviera was director of clinical training for the GSEP doctor of psychology program from 2002-2007.
Prior to coming to Pepperdine, Aviera worked at Metropolitan State Hospital with hospitalized persistently mentally ill Latino clients. Areas of interest and study include clinical supervision, developing culturally sensitive interventions for Latino clients, working with disenfranchised individuals and the substance abusing mentally ill, and crisis intervention. A recent interest has been in the use of mindfulness and meditation for personal growth and in the context of psychotherapeutic interventions. In his private practice Aviera conducts psychotherapy with a wide range of clients in both English and Spanish, and provides crisis intervention and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing to injured and traumatized workers.