Gregory Canillas



Gregory Canillas

Clinical Adjunct Faculty

  • Campus:
  • Los Angeles
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 617 W 7th St Los Angeles CA 90017
617 W 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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 History
Degree Institution
B.A. Psychology & American History University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California
M.A. Clinical Psychology California School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology California School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychoanalytic Association
Member American Psychological Association
Member Asian American Psychological Association
Member Association of Black Psychologists
Member California Psychological Association
Member Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity & Race, a Division of the American Psychological Association (Division 45)
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Commissioner Commission on Youth and Children, City of Long Beach
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Addiction/Substance Abuse Co-occurring Disorders
Child & Adolescent Development Adolescence
Identity Development
Media Influence
Parenting Styles
School Issues (Bullying)
Social Development
Social Development
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Addictions
Substance-Related Disorders
Diversity African American Psychology
Community Mental Health
Cultural Issues
Diversity Issues
GLBT Identity Models
Latino/a Mental Health
Multicultural Training
Racial Identity Development
Religion and Spirituality
Social Justice and Advocacy
Domestic Violence Child Abuse
Dating Violence
Elder Abuse
Perpetrator Treatment
Same Sex Domestic Violence
Spousal/Partner Abuse
Marriage & Family Couples Counseling
Family Reunification
Family Therapy
Foster Care
Relationships and Dating
Psychology Subdisciplines - Clinical Psychology
Subdisciplines - Marriage and Family
PTSD/Trauma Crisis Intervention
Sexuality/Gender Issues LGBTQ
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Family Systems Theory
Multicultural psychology
Title Location Date
LGBTQ Adolescents in Foster Care: Strategies for Emancipating from the Child Welfare System. Poster Session presented at the annual Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Honolulu, HI 2016, January
A Holistic Approach to Treating Substance Abuse Disorders. Workshop presented at the annual Hawaii University International Conference on the Arts, Social Sciences & Education Honolulu, HI 2016, January
Sticks and Stones: Treating Verbal Abuse in Couple Therapy. Workshop presented at the annual Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Honolulu, HI 2016, January
Treating the Psychological Effects of Verbal Abuse in Children and Adolescents. Workshop presented at the annual Center for Scholastic Inquiry & International Research Conference Charleston, South Carolina 2015, October
Culture and Health. Roundtable presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Black Psychologists Las Vegas, NV 2015, July
This Too Shall Pass: The Role of Spirituality in Grief and Loss with Black Women: Panel session presented at Black Women for Wellness Los Angeles, CA 2014, November
Prevention of Trafficking in High Risk Males: Issues in working with Gay youth involved in sex trafficking. Symposium presented at SAFE conference. Oak Lawn/Chicago, IL 2014, October
Panelist, Effective Treatment Strategies: Working with LGBT clients in therapy. Panel session presented at California Lutheran University Cultural Diversity Seminar Thousand Oaks, CA 2013, April

Canillas, G. (2015, July). Rise and Fall.Ebony, 70(9), 35.


Canillas, G.. (2015). Stress Management Techniques for Foster Parents. Fostering Families Today. 15 (5). 56-69.

Media Exposure

"How I Got Out of My Own Damn Way", Get Out of Your Own Damn Way JamSessions with Krylyn Peters,, August 13, 2015.

"Dating & Relationships: A Christian Perspective. GFem Radio with Femi Ogunjinmi,, June 25, 2015.

"Lessons on Forgiveness", PSYCH 1 on 1 with Julie-Ann Goode,, June 22, 2015.

"How to Avoid Dating a Psycho Chick," The Rob Aguilar Show: The Podcast for Today's Man, , June 8, 2015

"Get Hired or Die Tryin'", This Weird Thing Called Life with David Jay & Nadia Dawson,, June 2, 2015.

"Community Violence & Trauma", PSYCH 1 on 1 with Julie-Ann Goode,, June 1, 2015.

"Finding One's Passions", Consciously Speaking with Michael Neeley,, May 20, 2015.

"Dating & Relationship Tips", The Wellness Ultimatum with Omar Cumberbatch, , May 14, 2015.

"Finding Your Bliss: Creating the Life You Want", PSYCH 1 on 1,, December 22, 2014.

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

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