Wendy M. Wade MA, PhD, LPCC, CADC 1

Wendy Wade


Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

(831)345 5514




PhD, Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute
MA, MFCC from Santa Clara University
Educational Administration Credential from Santa Clara University 
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State University 
MA, Psychology from Santa Clara University
BA, Psychology from Stanford University


Wendy Wade has been involved with children and parents throughout her career, beginning with her work with children of addicted parents in 1979, through elementary school teaching, in both private and public schools, and administration as Principal of a public school.  She worked at Betty Ford Center as Coordinator of their unique program for children of addicted parents, and has provided many trainings and conference presentations, both locally and nationally, on both the disease of addiction and working with children of addicted parents.  She has combined her experience in education with her psychotherapy training to work for Santa Cruz County Children’s Mental Health. In that position she provided therapeutic support to children in special education, their families, and school staff. As part of her doctoral program, her dissertation was entitled Religious healing in addiction disease recovery: Kohut, Jung and Catholicism.  From that she had an article published in a professional journal, as well as articles from research into the Betty Ford Center Children’s Program.  She has begun work using case studies on the experience of a person’s Catholicism in drug and alcohol recovery. She enjoys lecturing in Master’s in Counseling programs, and has recently begun a private practice in the Santa Cruz area. She has attended retreats with the Soldier’s Heart organization, and is dedicated to working with our veterans from Vietnam to the present.  She has been studying how to work with veterans and their families, and has completed a Veteran’s Behavioral Health Certificate. Her education includes a BA in psychology from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Santa Clara University, a teaching credential from San Jose State University, an Educational Administration credential from Santa Clara University, and a PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  She has an LPCC license and is certified as a CADC 1 counselor.  Personally she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 2 grandchildren; knitting; reading and learning; and playing piano and singing.  

Areas of Interest:

Addiction and its effects on families; Psychopharmacology; Psychological Testing; Developmental Psychology; Religion and Psychology

Selected Publications:

Wade, W. (2013) Catholic Mass and its healing implications for the addicted person. Substance Use and Misuse. 48(12).

Moe, J., Johnson, J., Wade, W. (2007). Resilience in children of substance users: In their own words.  Substance Use and Misuse42(2-3).

Moe, J. Johnson, J., Wade, W. (2008). Evaluation of the Betty Ford Children’s Program. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. 8(4).