Sandy Macias, Ph.D.

Phone Number: 

(650) 961-9300 x3613 

Position(s): 

Director, The Gronowski Center and Assistant Professor, Palo Alto University

Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

Couples and Children

Biography: 

Dr. Macias received her Ph.D. in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in June 2004. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she was trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist and has been licensed since 1997. Her clinical training and experience has focused primarily on assessment and treatment of abused and neglected children and their families. Dr. Macias completed her pre-doctoral internship at Monterey County Children's Behavioral Health. At Monterey County her clinical work consisted of conducting psychological assessments on children and their families who had entered into the Juvenile Dependency Court system; providing individual, family, and group therapy to children and their families; and working with severely emotionally disturbed children in a day treatment setting.

Dr. Macias' past research experience has included the examination of self-esteem and locus of control issues in mothers without custody of their children; school bonding and its relationship with ethnicity and acculturation; evaluation of a three-year after school homework program; and an evaluation of a three-year juvenile drug court treatment program. Her most recent research focus was on the intergenerational transmission of child abuse.