Dr. Joanna Kennedy earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Family/Child psychology from Alliant International University in 2017. Her doctoral dissertation explored the experiences of mothers of children with autism in a mindful parenting course. She received her B.S. with Honors in psychology from UCSD in 2010, and worked as an Early Childhood Interventionist with the UCSD Autism Intervention Research Program for two years prior to entering graduate school.
Dr. Kennedy provides therapy services as a psychological assistant at New Mindful Life. She specializes in working with children and adolescents with a variety of presenting problems, including anxiety, depression, coping with trauma, and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Kennedy has worked with children and adolescents in schools, outpatient programs, and residential settings. In addition, she has experience working with adults experiencing anxiety and depression in an outpatient setting. Dr. Kennedy approaches therapy primarily from a cognitive-behavioral approach, utilizing behavioral techniques, traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy, and third-wave therapies which include mindfulness-based interventions.
When Dr. Kennedy is not working, she enjoys baking and trying out new recipes, as well as hiking the many beautiful San Diego trails.