Psychologists

Psychologists are trained to evaluate developmental and psychological strengths and weaknesses in children and teens.  During assessment the psychologist focuses on the child or teen’s level of functioning compared to his peer group.  Psychologists also provide individual, family and group therapy.  Children’s Health Council’s psychologists draw from a variety of therapy practices based on a child or teen’s personality and issues.  Areas of expertise include:  Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD & inattention, anxiety and depression, developmental concerns and  trauma.

Young Child

Juan Pablo Ferrer, PsyD, EdM
Staff Psychologist

  • Dr. Ferrer provides psychological assessment and treatment services to young children, school age children/youth and their families. He specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, cultural oppression and stressful family dynamics. He provides individual and family therapy for children and youth.

    Dr. Ferrer completed his postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF’s Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools Projects (HEARTS) providing consultation and therapy to a neighborhood school impacted by violence. Dr. Ferrer completed his predoctoral internship with UCSF’s Child and Adolescent Services in the Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH).

    Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Ferrer was an educator and received his Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Research interests during his time in The Mind, Brain, and Education program at Harvard focused on integrating cognitive developmental psychology, neuroscience, and education to create innovative teaching methods.

    Dr. Ferrer is an avid photographer and loves taking pictures of kids doing silly things and having fun.

    Education and Degrees

    • PsyD, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA (Clinical Psychology)
    • MA, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA (Clinical Psychology)
    • EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA (Mind, Brain and Education)
    • BA, University of California, Berkeley, CA (American Studies)

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)

    •  License #PSY25776

    Languages

    • Fluent Spanish

    Awards

    • 2009 California Wellness Foundation Grant
    • 2008 David N K & Aileen Wang Foundation Grant
    • 2008 California Psychological Association Foundation Scholarship
    • 2007-2011 The Wright Institute Scholarship Award
    • 2005 Harvard University Nathan Glazer Faculty Fellowship Award

    Recent Presentations

    • Ferrer, J.P. (2011). A Pilot and Validation Study of a Computerized Assessment of Attachment Security in Middle Childhood: The Proximity Seeking and Narrative Digital Assessment (PANDA). (Doctoral dissertation). The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA.
    • Ferrer, J.P. (2005). Thinking Like a Scientist: A framework for reflective thinking about science in the classroom. Poster session presented at Cognition, Education, and the Brain Research Projects, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.
    • Ferrer, J.P. (2004). Acquisition of General-Purpose Verbs: A Toddler’s learning of the word ‘get’. Poster session presented at Language and Literacy Research Projects, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.

Joan Baran, PhD
Licensed Psychologist & Director of Community Clinic

  • Joan Baran, PhD

    Dr. Baran has over 20 years' experience working with young children in a variety of settings. Her expertise includes infant and young child assessment, autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. She speaks Spanish.

    Education and Degrees

    • PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)
    • License #PSY14679

    Professional Affiliations

    • Staff privileges at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

    Languages

    • Spanish

    Recent Presentations

    • "Childhood Obesity.” 
    • “Mental Health Needs of Children with Developmental Disabilities.”
    • “What is Autism?”
    • “Parenting 101.”

School Age

Juan Pablo Ferrer, PsyD, EdM
Staff Psychologist

  • Dr. Ferrer provides psychological assessment and treatment services to young children, school age children/youth and their families. He specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, cultural oppression and stressful family dynamics. He provides individual and family therapy for children and youth.

    Dr. Ferrer completed his postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF’s Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools Projects (HEARTS) providing consultation and therapy to a neighborhood school impacted by violence. Dr. Ferrer completed his predoctoral internship with UCSF’s Child and Adolescent Services in the Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH).

    Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Ferrer was an educator and received his Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Research interests during his time in The Mind, Brain, and Education program at Harvard focused on integrating cognitive developmental psychology, neuroscience, and education to create innovative teaching methods.

    Dr. Ferrer is an avid photographer and loves taking pictures of kids doing silly things and having fun.

    Education and Degrees

    • PsyD, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA (Clinical Psychology)
    • MA, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA (Clinical Psychology)
    • EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA (Mind, Brain and Education)
    • BA, University of California, Berkeley, CA (American Studies)

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)

    •  License #PSY25776

    Languages

    • Fluent Spanish

    Awards

    • 2009 California Wellness Foundation Grant
    • 2008 David N K & Aileen Wang Foundation Grant
    • 2008 California Psychological Association Foundation Scholarship
    • 2007-2011 The Wright Institute Scholarship Award
    • 2005 Harvard University Nathan Glazer Faculty Fellowship Award

    Recent Presentations

    • Ferrer, J.P. (2011). A Pilot and Validation Study of a Computerized Assessment of Attachment Security in Middle Childhood: The Proximity Seeking and Narrative Digital Assessment (PANDA). (Doctoral dissertation). The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA.
    • Ferrer, J.P. (2005). Thinking Like a Scientist: A framework for reflective thinking about science in the classroom. Poster session presented at Cognition, Education, and the Brain Research Projects, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.
    • Ferrer, J.P. (2004). Acquisition of General-Purpose Verbs: A Toddler’s learning of the word ‘get’. Poster session presented at Language and Literacy Research Projects, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.

Lydia Flasher, PhD
Licensed Psychologist and Director of Psychology Training Program

  • Lydia Flasher, PhD

    Dr. Flasher directs training programs at Children's Health Council and is a co-director of Stanford Affiliated Internship Consortium. She has experience with program development and maintenance. Her clinical specialties include psychological assessment in school age children and adolescents, family therapy, interpersonal therapy and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.

    She has held positions including internship and staff psychologist at Montreal Children’s Hospital, assistant professor at Colorado State University and director of clinical services and assistant professor at the University of the Pacific.  She also has experience teaching and supervising interns, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology.

    Education and Degrees

    • PhD, Vanderbilt University
    • MA, Vanderbilt University
    • BA, Duke University

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • La Corporation Professionnelle des Psychologues du Quebec
    • California Board of Psychology

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Psychological Association
    • California Psychological Association
    • Western Psychological Association

    Awards

    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Summa Cum Laude, Duke University

    Recent Presentations

    • Schultz, D. S. & Flasher, L. V. (2011).  “Ethics of Pediatric Palliative Care.”  Symposium on Pediatric Palliative Care.  American Psychiatric Association 2011 Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii.
    • Schultz, D.S. and Flasher, L.V. “The Ethical Significance of Illness Narrative.” Paper invited for presentation at symposium, “Questions in Contemporary Medicine and the Philosophy of Charles Taylor,” co-sponsored by University of Montreal and McGill University, October 2007.

    Recent Publications

    • Flasher, L. V. and Fogle, P. T. (2011). Counseling Skills for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. 2nd Edition. Cengage Learning/Delmar.
    • Schultz, D. S. & Flasher, L. V. (2011).  Charles Taylor, phronesis, and medicine: Ethics and interpretation in illness narrative. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (special thematic issue on Charles Taylor and Contemporary Medicine), 36 (4), 394-409.

Ramsey Khasho, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist & Director, The Center

  • Ramsey Khasho, PsyD

    Dr. Khasho has over 20 years’ experience evaluating and treating children, teens and families. He specializes in pediatric anxiety and depression, ADHD, ASD, forensic assessment and family therapy.

    Dr. Khasho is a court-appointed expert for the State of California, and has provided testimony about the psychological evaluations of children and adolescents.  He has over 10 years of non-profit executive management experience and is actively involved in the supervision and training of graduate students.

    Dr. Khasho is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco teaching graduate level courses for the School of Education, Counseling Psychology Department. 

    In his free time, Dr. Khasho loves to spend time with his family, read non-fiction, eat ethnic food and drink Starbuck’s coffee.

    Education and Degrees

    • BA Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • MA Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
    • PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • PSY18575 California Board of Psychology
    • 34084 Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (Inactive)

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Psychological Association

    Recent Presentations

    • Understanding Conflict with Children and Adolescents
    • Law and Ethics
    • Working with the Legal/Court System

Carlos Konishi, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

  • Carlos Konishi, PhD

    Dr. Konishi provides individual and family therapy to school age children with medical issues (adherence and adjustment issues), difficulties with cultural adjustment, disruptive behaviors, depression, anxiety, academic difficulties and general family issues. He is fluent in Spanish and Japanese.

    Prior to joining Children's Health Council, Dr. Konishi completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. His work has included consultation and liaison services to medical teams of various subspecialties throughout a pediatric hospital and emergency consultation for high-risk patients.

    Education and Degrees

    • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • MA, University of Southern Mississippi
    • PhD, University of Southern Mississippi

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Psychological Association
    • Asian American Psychological Association

    Languages

    • Spanish
    • Japanese

    Recent Presentations

    • Konishi, C.Y., Nugent, L., Park, T., Donahue, S., Soni, A., Nugent, D., Chira, P., & Huszti, H.C. (2008, April). “Developing Innovative New Approaches to Assessment of Chronically Ill Adolescents.” Poster to be presented at the biennial National Conference in Child Health Psychology, Miami, FL.
    • Randolph C. Arnau, R.C., Martinez, P., Niño de Guzman, I., & Konishi, C.Y. (2008, March). “A Spanish-Language Version of the Herth Hope Scale: Development and Psychometric Evaluation in a Peruvian.” Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, New Orleans, LA.
    • Konishi, C.Y., & Arnau, R.C. (2007, August). “Positive emotions induced through nature-related stimuli: Cognitive, personality, and physiological correlates.”  Poster presented at 115th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
    • Arnau, R.C., Konishi, C.Y., & Cepeda-Benito, A. (2006, August). “Personal Preferences Self-Description Questionnaire – Spanish version: Development and validation.” Poster presented at the 114th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
    • Konishi, C.Y. & Arnau, R.C. (2006, January). “Positive emotions, personality, and cognition.” Poster presented at the 56th Mississippi Psychological Association annual convention, Vicksburg, MS.

    Recent Publications

    • Greening, L., Stoppelbein, L., Konishi, C.Y., Jordan, S., & Moll, G. (In Press). Child routines and youths’ adherence to treatment for type I diabetes, Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Anna Parnes, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

  • Anna Parnes, PhD

    Dr. Parnes provides individual, family and group therapy, and psychological assessment for children and adolescents. She has experience providing treatment and assessment for children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, exposure to trauma, disruptive behavior, ADHD, adjustment difficulties, academic challenges, learning differences, chronic medical conditions and autism spectrum diagnoses.  During her free time, Dr. Parnes likes spending time outdoors and enjoying time with friends and family.

    Education and Degrees

    • PhD, DePaul University (Clinical Psychology- Community Psychology Specialization)
    • MA, DePaul University (Clinical Psychology)
    • BA, Stanford University (Psychology)

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)

    Recent Presentations

    • Parnes, A. L., & McMahon, S. D. (2007, June). Exposure to violence: Coping's influence on psychological and behavioral outcomes. In S. D. McMahon (Chair), Violence and poverty: Testing theoretical models for African American youth. Symposium presented at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Pasadena, CA.
    • McMahon, S. D., Parnes, A. L., Keys, C. B., Viola, J. J., Radak, L., Parikshak, S., Williams, T., & Ambrozewski, M. R. (2005, August). School belonging and psychosocial outcomes: Experiences of students with disabilities. In M. Furlong (Chair), School belonging: Social, psychological, and academic implications. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

    Recent Publications

    • McMahon, S. D., Coker, C., & Parnes, A. L. (2013). Environmental stressors, social support, and internalizing symptoms among African American youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(5), 615-630.
    • McMahon, S. D., Parnes, A. L., Keys, C. B., & Viola, J. J. (2008). School belonging among low-income urban youth with disabilities: Testing a theoretical model. Psychology in the Schools, 45(5), 387-401.

Preteens/Teens

Juan Pablo Ferrer, PsyD, EdM
Staff Psychologist

  • Dr. Ferrer provides psychological assessment and treatment services to young children, school age children/youth and their families. He specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, cultural oppression and stressful family dynamics. He provides individual and family therapy for children and youth.

    Dr. Ferrer completed his postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF’s Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools Projects (HEARTS) providing consultation and therapy to a neighborhood school impacted by violence. Dr. Ferrer completed his predoctoral internship with UCSF’s Child and Adolescent Services in the Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH).

    Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Ferrer was an educator and received his Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Research interests during his time in The Mind, Brain, and Education program at Harvard focused on integrating cognitive developmental psychology, neuroscience, and education to create innovative teaching methods.

    Dr. Ferrer is an avid photographer and loves taking pictures of kids doing silly things and having fun.

    Education and Degrees

    • PsyD, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA (Clinical Psychology)
    • MA, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA (Clinical Psychology)
    • EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA (Mind, Brain and Education)
    • BA, University of California, Berkeley, CA (American Studies)

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)

    •  License #PSY25776

    Languages

    • Fluent Spanish

    Awards

    • 2009 California Wellness Foundation Grant
    • 2008 David N K & Aileen Wang Foundation Grant
    • 2008 California Psychological Association Foundation Scholarship
    • 2007-2011 The Wright Institute Scholarship Award
    • 2005 Harvard University Nathan Glazer Faculty Fellowship Award

    Recent Presentations

    • Ferrer, J.P. (2011). A Pilot and Validation Study of a Computerized Assessment of Attachment Security in Middle Childhood: The Proximity Seeking and Narrative Digital Assessment (PANDA). (Doctoral dissertation). The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA.
    • Ferrer, J.P. (2005). Thinking Like a Scientist: A framework for reflective thinking about science in the classroom. Poster session presented at Cognition, Education, and the Brain Research Projects, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.
    • Ferrer, J.P. (2004). Acquisition of General-Purpose Verbs: A Toddler’s learning of the word ‘get’. Poster session presented at Language and Literacy Research Projects, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.

Lydia Flasher, PhD
Licensed Psychologist and Director of Psychology Training Program

  • Lydia Flasher, PhD

    Dr. Flasher directs training programs at Children's Health Council and is a co-director of Stanford Affiliated Internship Consortium. She has experience with program development and maintenance. Her clinical specialties include psychological assessment in school age children and adolescents, family therapy, interpersonal therapy and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.

    She has held positions including internship and staff psychologist at Montreal Children’s Hospital, assistant professor at Colorado State University and director of clinical services and assistant professor at the University of the Pacific.  She also has experience teaching and supervising interns, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology.

    Education and Degrees

    • PhD, Vanderbilt University
    • MA, Vanderbilt University
    • BA, Duke University

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • La Corporation Professionnelle des Psychologues du Quebec
    • California Board of Psychology

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Psychological Association
    • California Psychological Association
    • Western Psychological Association

    Awards

    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Summa Cum Laude, Duke University

    Recent Presentations

    • Schultz, D. S. & Flasher, L. V. (2011).  “Ethics of Pediatric Palliative Care.”  Symposium on Pediatric Palliative Care.  American Psychiatric Association 2011 Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii.
    • Schultz, D.S. and Flasher, L.V. “The Ethical Significance of Illness Narrative.” Paper invited for presentation at symposium, “Questions in Contemporary Medicine and the Philosophy of Charles Taylor,” co-sponsored by University of Montreal and McGill University, October 2007.

    Recent Publications

    • Flasher, L. V. and Fogle, P. T. (2011). Counseling Skills for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. 2nd Edition. Cengage Learning/Delmar.
    • Schultz, D. S. & Flasher, L. V. (2011).  Charles Taylor, phronesis, and medicine: Ethics and interpretation in illness narrative. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (special thematic issue on Charles Taylor and Contemporary Medicine), 36 (4), 394-409.

Ramsey Khasho, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist & Director, The Center

  • Ramsey Khasho, PsyD

    Dr. Khasho has over 20 years’ experience evaluating and treating children, teens and families. He specializes in pediatric anxiety and depression, ADHD, ASD, forensic assessment and family therapy.

    Dr. Khasho is a court-appointed expert for the State of California, and has provided testimony about the psychological evaluations of children and adolescents.  He has over 10 years of non-profit executive management experience and is actively involved in the supervision and training of graduate students.

    Dr. Khasho is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco teaching graduate level courses for the School of Education, Counseling Psychology Department. 

    In his free time, Dr. Khasho loves to spend time with his family, read non-fiction, eat ethnic food and drink Starbuck’s coffee.

    Education and Degrees

    • BA Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • MA Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
    • PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • PSY18575 California Board of Psychology
    • 34084 Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (Inactive)

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Psychological Association

    Recent Presentations

    • Understanding Conflict with Children and Adolescents
    • Law and Ethics
    • Working with the Legal/Court System

Carlos Konishi, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

  • Carlos Konishi, PhD

    Dr. Konishi provides individual and family therapy to school age children with medical issues (adherence and adjustment issues), difficulties with cultural adjustment, disruptive behaviors, depression, anxiety, academic difficulties and general family issues. He is fluent in Spanish and Japanese.

    Prior to joining Children's Health Council, Dr. Konishi completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. His work has included consultation and liaison services to medical teams of various subspecialties throughout a pediatric hospital and emergency consultation for high-risk patients.

    Education and Degrees

    • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • MA, University of Southern Mississippi
    • PhD, University of Southern Mississippi

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Psychological Association
    • Asian American Psychological Association

    Languages

    • Spanish
    • Japanese

    Recent Presentations

    • Konishi, C.Y., Nugent, L., Park, T., Donahue, S., Soni, A., Nugent, D., Chira, P., & Huszti, H.C. (2008, April). “Developing Innovative New Approaches to Assessment of Chronically Ill Adolescents.” Poster to be presented at the biennial National Conference in Child Health Psychology, Miami, FL.
    • Randolph C. Arnau, R.C., Martinez, P., Niño de Guzman, I., & Konishi, C.Y. (2008, March). “A Spanish-Language Version of the Herth Hope Scale: Development and Psychometric Evaluation in a Peruvian.” Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, New Orleans, LA.
    • Konishi, C.Y., & Arnau, R.C. (2007, August). “Positive emotions induced through nature-related stimuli: Cognitive, personality, and physiological correlates.”  Poster presented at 115th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
    • Arnau, R.C., Konishi, C.Y., & Cepeda-Benito, A. (2006, August). “Personal Preferences Self-Description Questionnaire – Spanish version: Development and validation.” Poster presented at the 114th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
    • Konishi, C.Y. & Arnau, R.C. (2006, January). “Positive emotions, personality, and cognition.” Poster presented at the 56th Mississippi Psychological Association annual convention, Vicksburg, MS.

    Recent Publications

    • Greening, L., Stoppelbein, L., Konishi, C.Y., Jordan, S., & Moll, G. (In Press). Child routines and youths’ adherence to treatment for type I diabetes, Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Anna Parnes, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

  • Anna Parnes, PhD

    Dr. Parnes provides individual, family and group therapy, and psychological assessment for children and adolescents. She has experience providing treatment and assessment for children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, exposure to trauma, disruptive behavior, ADHD, adjustment difficulties, academic challenges, learning differences, chronic medical conditions and autism spectrum diagnoses.  During her free time, Dr. Parnes likes spending time outdoors and enjoying time with friends and family.

    Education and Degrees

    • PhD, DePaul University (Clinical Psychology- Community Psychology Specialization)
    • MA, DePaul University (Clinical Psychology)
    • BA, Stanford University (Psychology)

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)

    Recent Presentations

    • Parnes, A. L., & McMahon, S. D. (2007, June). Exposure to violence: Coping's influence on psychological and behavioral outcomes. In S. D. McMahon (Chair), Violence and poverty: Testing theoretical models for African American youth. Symposium presented at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Pasadena, CA.
    • McMahon, S. D., Parnes, A. L., Keys, C. B., Viola, J. J., Radak, L., Parikshak, S., Williams, T., & Ambrozewski, M. R. (2005, August). School belonging and psychosocial outcomes: Experiences of students with disabilities. In M. Furlong (Chair), School belonging: Social, psychological, and academic implications. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

    Recent Publications

    • McMahon, S. D., Coker, C., & Parnes, A. L. (2013). Environmental stressors, social support, and internalizing symptoms among African American youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(5), 615-630.
    • McMahon, S. D., Parnes, A. L., Keys, C. B., & Viola, J. J. (2008). School belonging among low-income urban youth with disabilities: Testing a theoretical model. Psychology in the Schools, 45(5), 387-401.