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Christian Garnica

Adjunct Professor
Online Psychology, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Chris Garnica, PsyD, earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Trauma-Focused Forensic Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, San Diego (AIU-SD). Dr. Garnica also earned a Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology from CSPP at AIU-SD, two Master of Science (MS) degrees from Loyola University New Orleans in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Criminology & Justice, as well as a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology & Sociology from Tulane University. Dr. Garnica presently works in the field of forensic psychology, specializing in forensic psychological evaluation and assessment, with experience in issues of criminal mitigation, Incompetency to Stand Trial (IST), Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI), conservatorships (i.e., LPS), mental health diversion, threat and risk assessment, juvenile delinquency, transfer to adult court, civil/personal injury, child custody, among others. Clinically, Dr. Garnica treated a vast array of presenting problems, including Serious Mental Illness (SMI), ritualistic cult abuse, and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Dr. Garnica aims to incorporate these applied experiences into her pedagogy at Pepperdine. 



  • PsyD, Alliant International University
  • MA, Alliant International University
  • MS, Loyola University New Orleans
  • BS, Tulane University