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Susan Himelstein, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; B.S., Miami University

Dr. Himelstein is a licensed psychologist and holds the Pupil Personnel Services credential. She has worked as an elementary school counselor and school psychologist. Previous clinical affiliations include the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, the Marion Davies Children's Center in the UCLA Department of Pediatrics, and the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Dr. Himelstein began teaching cognitive and personality assessment courses at Pepperdine as an adjunct professor in 1989. She also maintains a private practice specializing in psycho-diagnostic assessment of learning, emotional, and behavioral disorders as well as psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults.


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