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Tracy Cavaligos, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Tracy Cavaligos (she/her/hers) has dedicated her career to working holistically with children, adolescents, young adults and their families to support their mental health. She strives to provide compassionate and collaborative therapeutic care to youth and their families in managing anxiety, mood concerns, ADHD, relational difficulties, adjusting to life transitions including chronic medical diagnoses and adherence, gender and sexuality support and identity development. Tracy has continually sought specialized training in order to provide developmentally appropriate, affirmative and supportive mental health care to youth with chronic illnesses (such as GI disorders, cancer, and diabetes) and gender diverse youth. She also provides comprehensive psychological assessments for youth with attention and learning concerns.

She completed her undergraduate training at the University of San Francisco majoring in Psychology and Child and Youth Studies. Following her work in residential mental health centers in the Bay Area she continued her education at Pacific University’s School of Graduate Psychology in Oregon, where she earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Child and Adolescent Care. She completed her internship at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center with focused training on outpatient therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, care of gender diverse youth, psychological assessment, and Teen Parenting Program in multidisciplinary health clinics. Following internship Tracy completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Children’s Hospital of Orange County providing specialized outpatient therapy, psychological assessments and Oncological Consultation Liaison services.

In her time outside of the office Tracy enjoys baking, reading fantasy novels, trying to keep her plants alive, practicing yoga and taking way too many pictures of her puppy.

Education

  • Doctor of Psychology, Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology
  • BA, Psychology and Child and Youth Studies, University of San Francisco

Licenses

  • Clinical Psychologist PSY32860

Recent Presentations

  • Cavaligos, T., & Robert, R. (May 2021) Psychoeducation on pain, coping, and non-
    pharmacological interventions. Psychoeducational presentation to oncological medical
    team at The Children’s Hospital of Orange County; Orange, California.
  • Cavaligos, T. (March 2021) Treatment considerations for gender diverse youth undergoing
    oncological care. Psychoeducational presentation presented to psychologists at The
    Children’s Hospital of Orange County; Orange, California.
  • Cavaligos, T., Harris, S., & Matouk, K. (June 2020) Trauma, self-care, and coping skills
    during COVID-19. Psychoeducational seminar presented to school counselors at The
    Options Institute in collaboration with Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center; New York,
    New York.
  • Cavaligos, T., Harris, S., & Matouk, K. (June 2020) Managing distress during COVID-19.
    Psychoeducational seminar presented to high school students through The Options
    Institute in collaboration with Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center; New York, NY.
  • Cavaligos, T., Friend, K., Davis, S., & Edwards-Leeper, L. (June 2019) The role of peer support
    in the mental health outcomes of transgender and gender nonconforming youth.
    Poster accepted for 2019 USPATH Scientific Conference: Washington DC.