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Jennifer Coloma, PhD

Program Manager Ravenswood Initiative

Jennifer Coloma

Dr. Coloma leads interdisciplinary teams and provides psychological assessments to get a better understanding of the child or adolescent’s well-being and functioning, determine diagnoses, and provide recommendations. In addition, she offers mental health therapy services to families and children 0-18. Her focus areas are the following: developmental disabilities, trauma, anxiety, depression, and ADHD and Dr. Coloma places a special emphasis on the impact of culture. She takes a biopsychosocial approach to understanding internal processes and how they may impact interpersonal relationships and functioning.

Dr. Coloma has held positions in research departments with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Community Behavioral Health Services and the San Francisco Veterans Affair’s Medical Center. She completed her pre-doctoral internship with the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Services at San Francisco General Hospital. Recruited to stay within UCSF for her post-doctoral fellowship, she focused on ages 0-5 at the Child Trauma Research Program, offering Child-Parent Psychotherapy services to families that had experienced different forms of trauma. When it comes to her perspective on mental health, Dr. Coloma believes in empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard in working with her clients. She takes a focuses on strengths as well as difficulties and sees individuals for more than their presenting problems. In her free time, she enjoys teaching and mentoring, traveling, learning about pop-culture and trends, and spending time with friends and family.

La Dr. Coloma ha ocupado cargos en los departamentos de investigación con el Departamento de San Francisco de la Salud Pública, Servicios de Salud Mental de la Comunidad y el Centro Médico de Veteranos de San Francisco del asunto. Realizó su internado predoctoral en el Departamento de Psiquiatría de la UCSF, Niño y Adolescente Servicios en el Hospital General de San Francisco. Reclutada para permanecer dentro de UCSF por su beca posdoctoral, se concentró en las edades de 0-5 en el Programa de Investigación de Trauma Infantil, donde ofrece servicios de psicoterapia para niños y familias que habían vivido diferentes formas de trauma.

Actualmente, la Dr. Jennifer Coloma trabaja en el Childrens Health Council con equipos interdisciplinarios y proporciona evaluaciones psicológicas para investigar y comprender el bienestar social y emocional de niños y adolescentes para determinar diagnósticos y ofrecer recomendaciones. Además, ofrece servicios de servicios de terapia de salud mental para las familias y los niños de 0-18. Sus áreas de interés son los siguientes: discapacidades del desarrollo, trauma, ansiedad, depresión y el TDAH (ADHD) y pone un énfasis especial en el impacto de la cultura. Ella toma un enfoque biopsicosocial, y considera lo biológico, psicológico y social en la comprensión de los procesos internos y la forma en que pueden afectar las relaciones interpersonales y el funcionamiento.


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University
  • BA, Psychology, San Francisco State University

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Psychological Association (APAGS)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)
  • Latino Professional Development Forum, CSPP
  • Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC)
  • Western Psychological Association (WPA)
  • California Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Notre Dame de Namur, 2013-Present
    – Professor
  • Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD), APA Div. 17
    – Editor 201


  • Spanish

Recent Presentations

  • Empowering children by Promoting Self-Management, Children’s Health Council, 2014.
  • Social Emotional Learning for Life Success, Children’s Health Council, 2014.
  • 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline, Children’s Health Council, 2014.
  • Navigating the Educational System, Children’s Health Council, 2014.
  • Bullying and harassment: How to help your child speak up and feel safe, Children’s Health Council, 2014.
  • Integrating social justice, multi-cultural contexts and advocacy in mental health systems. UCSF, Grand Round at San Francisco General Hospital, 2012. 
  • Psychotherapeutic Techniques of Brief Therapy
  • Abuse and Trauma
  • Lifespan Development
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
  • Survey of Child and Adult Psychotherapy
  • Portraits of Contribution and Resilience in minority psychology: The Friendship-Freedom Train. Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC), 2010.
  • Multicultural web-content analysis in schools of professional psychology. Western Psychological Association, 2009.
  • Language acquisition in early childhood: an ERP review. Western Psychological Association, 2009.



  • Coloma, J. & Henderson S. (2011). Qualitative study of current and prospective student perceptions of a university website. Academic Leadership Journal.