Patrice Crisostomo, PhD

Clinical Program Manager and Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Patrice Crisostomo is a licensed clinical psychologist who is passionate about working with children, adolescents, parents and families. She has extensive experience conducting comprehensive psychological assessments and providing evidence-based treatments for youth and families. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Psychology, with honors. Thereafter, she coordinated a longitudinal research study evaluating treatment outcomes for children with ADHD. She pursued graduate studies at the University of Denver (DU), where she completed her MA and PhD in Child Clinical Psychology. At DU, her research focused on understanding components of psychotherapy that lead to improvements in the treatment of adolescent depression. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University/CHC’s consortium. She sought continued training in comprehensive psychological assessments and evidence-based treatments of anxiety and mood disorders, autism and developmental disabilities and eating disorders through a postdoctoral fellowship within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University (APA-accredited).

Dr. Crisostomo has enjoyed working within non-profit mental health organizations. She previously served as the clinical director of an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at a clinic in West Oakland for adolescents and young adults with mood, anxiety and other comorbid disorders. She also worked at another local non-profit on the Peninsula conducting psychological assessments for children and adolescents.

Currently, she is a program manager for CHC’s Clinical Services division. A California native, she enjoys cooking, hiking, practicing yoga, going to the beach and traveling.


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Child Clinical Psychology, University of Denver
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Denver
  • BA, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, Cum Laude


  • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist #PSY 27158)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Division 53 of the American Psychological Association – Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Recent Presentations

  • Rivera, Y., Medbery, N., Coburn, K., Lin, Y., Tarshis, T., Crisostomo, P.S. (2016, August). Initial effectiveness of a community-based intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adolescents. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
  • Crisostomo, P.S. & Shirk, S. R. (2012, November). Youth involvement in psychotherapeutic discussions of trauma and relationships to treatment outcome. In S. Ormhaug (Chair), Tailoring Trauma Treatment for Youth: Investigating How Emotional Involvement, Working Alliance and Parental Reactions is Related to Outcome. Symposium presented at the annual convention for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Crisostomo, P.S., & Shirk, S.R. (2012, June). Emotional involvement in CBT for depressed adolescents with a history of interpersonal trauma: Change trajectories of process and relationships to outcome. In A. von Wyl (Chair), Therapeutic alliance, emotional involvement, and engagement in therapy with young people. Symposium presented at the annual convention of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Virginia Beach, VA.


Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts:

  • Cook, M. N., Crisostomo, P. S., Siler, T. J., Williams, J. D., & Wamboldt, M. Z. (2014). Effectiveness of an intensive outpatient program for disruptive children: Initial findings. Community Mental Health Journal, 50, 164-171.
  • Shirk, S. R., DePrince, A. P., & Crisostomo, P. S. & Labus, J. (2014). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depressed adolescents exposed to interpersonal trauma: An initial effectiveness trial. Psychotherapy, 51, 167-179.
  • Shirk, S. R., Crisostomo, P. S., Jungbluth, N., & Gudmundsen, G. R. (2013). Cognitive mechanisms of change in CBT for adolescent depression: Associations among client involvement, cognitive distortions and treatment outcome. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 6, 311-324.


  • Petrella, J., Simpson, T. S., Crisostomo, P.S., & Cook, M. N. (2015). Outcome data for PACK and MaPS Teen Intensive Outpatient Program. In M.N. Cook (Ed.), Teen Psychosocial Skill Training: Parent Teen Protocols for Transforming Difficult Behaviors. Bridgewater, NJ: Elsevier Publishing.
  • Shirk, S.R., Reyes, J.P., & Crisostomo, P.S. (2013). Assessment of therapy processes. In B. McLeod, A. Jensen-Doss, & T. Ollendick (Eds.), Handbook of Child and Adolescent Diagnostic and Behavioral Assessment. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Cook, Mary, N., Siler, T.J., Crisostomo, P.S., Williams, J.D., & Wamboldt, M.Z. (2012). Outcome data for PACK and MaPS Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry Program (IOP). In M.N. Cook’s Parenting Approaches for Challenging Kids (PACK) and Mastery of Psychosocial skills (MaPS). Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.


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