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Gregory Canillas

Gregory Canillas

Department Faculty
  • Assistant Professor

    Clinical Psychology Department

    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles Campus)

  • The Chicago School Los Angeles
Department
Clinical Psychology
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Email
gcanillas@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Biography

Gregory Canillas, Ph.D. currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Los Angeles campus. Dr. Canillas' clinical work and research has focused on children and adolescents, children in foster care, family systems, domestic violence/trauma, couples therapy/relationship issues and LGBTQ clients. He has previously served on the faculty of Pepperdine and National Universities, where he taught in the MFT program. He also previously served as Program Director at a non profit mental health agency, where he oversaw the child and adult therapy programs, the CALWORKS mental health and the Homeless CALWORKS Families Project. Dr. Canillas has also served a Clinical Psychologist with Roybal Family Mental Health and MacLaren Children’s Center, which are programs directly operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Dr. Canillas has worked in a variety of capacities with adults, college students, as well as with children, adolescents and families involved in the foster care system, including as a Children’s Social Worker with the Department of Children and Family Services, and later as the Clinical Director of a family preservation program. He has also served as a program director of a pregnant/parenting adolescent program. Dr. Canillas served as a Lecturer at Loyola Marymount University, where he taught in the undergraduate psychology program, Antioch University-Los Angeles, Los Angeles Southwest College and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dr. Canillas also serves at Co-Chair of the Commission for Youth and Children in Long Beach, California. As a Commissioner, he is charged with developing services and programs for children, youth and families and advising the mayor and city council on services for this population. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychoanalytic Association, Asian American Psychological Association and Association of Black Psychologists.

Education
  • B.A., Psychology & American History, University of California-Santa Cruz
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles
Licensure(s)
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • Meyer, M. & Canillas, G. (2014, October). Best Practices with Filipino and Vietnamese American Clients: Barriers, Treatment Strategies and Policy Implications for Working with these Populations. Poster session to be presented at the Race, Place and Ethnicity conference, Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Arredondo, P., Machizawa, S., Harris, M., Canillas, G., Meyer, M., & Shields, C.O. (2014, August). Service learning and psychology graduate training: Opportunities and Challenges. Symposium to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

  • Canillas, G. & Rocchio, M. (2014, July). Latino and Afro-Latino Fathers: Best Practices for Working with Fathers in Mental Health and School Settings. Symposium to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, Tampa, Florida.

  • Canillas, G. & Harris, M. (2014, July). Leaning on the Everlasting Arm: Integrating Church-Affiliated and Mental Health Strategies to address Grief and Bereavement. Symposium to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Black Psychologists, Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • Canillas, G (2014, June). Sex Trafficking of Youth in Foster Care: Risk Factors and Prevention. Workshop to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Foster Parents, Orlando, Florida.

  • Canillas, G. (2014, June). LGBTQ Adolescents: Helping them to Fulfill their Promise. Workshop to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Foster Parents, Orlando, Florida.

  • Canillas, G. (2013, April). Panelist, Effective Treatment Strategies: Working with LGBT clients in therapy. Panel session presented at California Lutheran University Cultural Diversity Seminar, Thousand Oaks, California.

  • Canillas, G. (2011, September). Moderator, Therapeutic Considerations for Latino Children and Women Who Have Endured Political Imprisonment and Torture. Panel session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, San Diego, California.

  • Canillas, G. (2011, September). Moderator, Improving Outcomes for Latino Children in Foster Care. Panel session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, San Diego, California.

  • Canillas, G. (2011, June). Stress Management for Foster Parents. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the National Foster Parents Association, Inc., Montgomery, Alabama.

  • Canillas, G. (2011, February). Moderator, Improving Outcomes for African American Children in Foster Care. Panel session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of African American Studies, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • Canillas, G. (2010, February). Improving Educational Outcomes for African American Children in Foster Care. Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of African American Studies, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • Canillas, G. (2009, January). Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Foster Care. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Association of California School Administrators, Monterey, California.

  • Canillas, G. (2008, May) Strategies for Successfully Emancipating Adolescents from the Foster Care System. Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the National Foster Parent Association, Atlanta, Georgia

Media

  • "Essence Readers on Career Success", Essence.com, July 2013

  • "Deception with Keith Barry", Discovery Channel, July 2010

Community Involvement

  • Co-Chair/Commissioner, Commission on Youth and Children, City of Long Beach

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychoanalytic Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Asian American Psychological Association
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • California Psychological Association
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity & Race, a Division of the American Psychological Association (Division 45)