Dr. Rodriguez is Director of Clinical Outreach and a Licensed Psychologist at Boston Child Study Center – Los Angeles. He is also Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges. Dr. Rodriguez, was born in California, grew up in Mexico, studied in Germany during college, lived in China for 9 years after college, and has been to more than 70 countries. He was educated at Pepperdine University (BA), Peking University (MA), Duke University (PhD), and Harvard Medical School / McLean Hospital (pre-doctoral fellowship).
As a clinician, Dr. Rodriguez has over a decade of experience providing evidence-based therapies in English, Spanish, and Mandarin to adults, families, and adolescents in inpatient, outpatient and partial hospital settings. He specializes in delivering Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), including skills groups and coaching for high-risk youth and their parents. He is also intensively trained in:
- Complex anxiety, PTSD, OCD, depression and grief
- Drug and alcohol abuse, disordered eating and self-harm
- Emotion dysregulation, impulsivity and anger management
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Issues related to identity and acculturation
- Independence, including challenges finding or maintaining a job
- Academics, including ADHD, behavioral problems, school refusal
As a consultant, Dr. Rodriguez works for Behavioral Tech, an institution founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT. At Behavioral Tech, Dr. Rodriguez has co-led DBT trainings for counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists in Australia, China, Mexico and the United States. Being committed to community education and training, he has also provided consultation to schools, hospitals, non-profit organizations and tech companies.
As a scholar, Dr. Rodriguez has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and made more than 50 presentations at professional conferences in the US and internationally. Dr. Rodriguez has received multiple competitive grants and fellowships through institutional (James B. Duke International Fellowship), national (Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship), and international (John Templeton Foundation) competitions. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Division 53 (Child and Adolescent Psychology) and Division 45 (Multicultural Psychology), the Association for Psychological Science and the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies. As evidence of his commitment to public service that addresses the needs of underrepresented minority populations and in recognition of his community service efforts, he was granted the Helen Pepperdine Award for Outstanding Volunteer Serviceand the Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award.