Dana Kiesel, Ph.D. - President
Dr. Dana Kiesel, a psychologist with a specialty in clinical practice and eating disorders, has maintained a private practice in Beverly Hills for 20 years. Dr. Kiesel earned her Masters and Doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University. She did her Pre and Post Doctoral training at the Wright Institute in Los Angeles.
She is an active member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. She is also a member of the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, a member of the National Eating Disorders Association, and a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders.
She has received honors from the organizations that she has been involved with including the Advocacy Award from the California Psychological Association, Presidential Citation Award from the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, and a Special Commendation for Service award from the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. Her volunteer affiliations also include serving on the Board and as Program Chair of ImagineLA, an organization working to end the cycle of homelessness for families in Los Angeles.
Sidonie Freeman, Psy.D. - Vice President
Dr. Sidonie Freeman is a Clinical Psychologist who maintains her private practice in Beverly Hills. She works mainly with adult individuals and couples and her practice encompasses counseling, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and eating disorders with a focus on insight-oriented psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Freeman specializes in relationship issues of all kinds, with a niche for siblings and twins struggling with separation-individuation difficulties. Dr. Freeman received her BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, majoring in Psychology, and attended Antioch University for her Masters degree and then went on to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles for her Doctorate degree. She obtained her pre and post doctoral hours at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, working with members of the community one on one and also facilitated an on-going group for elder adult women experiencing loss and change. Dr. Freeman interned at Open Paths Counseling center in Marina del Rey prior to that, where she worked with children of domestic violence and court-mandated batterers and survivors alike. Dr. Freeman is an adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. Due to her commitment to furthering her education she is also pursuing a degree in psychoanalytic training at The New Center for Psychoanalysis.
Irwin Lehrhoff, Ph. D. - Treasurer
Dr. Irwin Lehrhoff, a licensed psychologist and licensed speech and language pathologist, specializes in children and adolescents. His practice encompasses counseling, learning disorders, school placement and speech and language disorders. He has received doctorates from both the University of Southern California and Columbia University in New York. He served as a trustee of the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, and as Executive V.P. and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Thalians Community Mental Health Center. He is Founder and President of the Thalians Presidents Club and is now President of the Thalians Philanthropic Organization. He has been the director of clinics at Children's Hospital and Harbor General Hospital.
Dr. Lehrhoff has been elected as a member of the first Board of Advisors for the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA (RNPH).
Dr. Lehrhoff made presentations to both Houses of Congress regarding the inclusion of speech and language pathology in both Medicare and Medicaid. At that time he was president of The American Academy of Private Practice. He helped to write the original guidelines for the speech field for the Bureau of Health Insurance, which administered the Medicare Program. He also served as president of the National Association of Rehabilitation Agencies.
He has testified before the US Senate Finance Committee on health. Dr. Lehrhoff has contributed to numerous medical and professional journals, as well as lectured and given workshops throughout the world.
Mari Marks, Ph.D. - Events Chair
Mari Marks, PhD is licensed as a psychologist and a marriage, family and child therapist. She has a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, MA in Psychology from the New School for Social Research in NYC and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology, where she studied at their Lugano, Switzerland campus.
Dr. Marks has maintained a private practice in Los Angeles for over 20 years, primarily in Brentwood. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, she worked with survivors of sexual abuse and child abuse in New York, where she trained social service workers and police officers in identifying signs and symptoms of sexual abuse. She also worked with chemically dependent adolescents and their families in New Jersey and California.
While she continues to treat adult survivors of childhood trauma, she has a special affinity for treating actors and other creative artists. For several years, she wrote "Shrink Rap," a column focusing on psychological issues for actors, in NowCasting.com's "Actors Ink" e-newsletter. Dr. Marks also teaches in the masters program in marriage, family and child counseling at University of Phoenix, where she particularly enjoys teaching Human Sexuality. In August 2011, she became the first recipient of the University's "Distinguished Leader in Expository Instruction" Faculty of the Quarter Award. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, the International Center for Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, TheSpyAnts Theatre Company and the Screen Actors Guild.
Bruce Gordon, - Ph.D. - Board Member
Dr. Bruce Gordon is a clinical psychologist who was in private practice for 58 years prior to retiring in 2016. He earned his B.A.from New York University, his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He was a member of local, state and national Psychological Associations and elected a Fellow and then President of the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists.
Dr. Gordon's major areas of professional interest were individual, group and family therapy, and staff consultation. He was co-director of Western Personnel Consultants, an associate of Edward Glaser and Associates and the Human Interaction Research Institute. He also was managing associate of EGA Organizational Consultants, and consulted with the U.C.L.A. School of Industrial Relations. He was Chairman of the Professional Relations Committee of The Culver City Child Guidance Clinic.
His organizational consultation has included work with private and non-profit organizations of many sizes and special interests (industrial, banking, health, aerospace entertainment, municipal government, etc.).The main objectives were in executive assessment and development, communications facilitation with emphasis on human interaction and leadership training, organizational planning and team building, and facilitation of change acceptance and implementation.
Allan J. Comeau, - Ph.D. - Secretary
Dr. Allan J. Comeau is a licensed psychologist with over thirty-five years experience in clinical practice, specializing in anxiety and mood disorders with individuals, and conflict resolution in couples and families. He also holds a Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and other Psychoactive Use Disorders from the American Psychological Association.
He is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and California State University, Sonoma. He holds doctoral degrees, from Ryokan College and the University of Southern California. His weekly column on mental health and the neurosciences, Your Mind Matters, ran for seven years in numerous Southland newspapers, including the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, and the San Bernardino County Sun.
His widely visited website, www.DrComeau.com, is one of the leading non-institutional sources of mental health information on the Internet. Dr. Comeau is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. In addition to serving on the LACPA Foundation Board, he also serves as a Member and newly elected Chairman of the Board of Directors at Ryokan College. An avid gardener and life-long musician, Dr. Comeau released his first CD, Life Is In Session, in 2005, receiving outstanding reviews and a nomination for an Inland Empire Music Award. He is a voting member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, the GRAMMY Academy.
Josh Cohen, Ph.D. - Board Member
Josh Cohen is a Professional Psychologist, author, classroom instructor, and video editor. He is known for pioneering a new intervention using film and video as a part of therapy. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 2013 from Pacifica Graduate institute,. In 2007 He received a Master’s in Science in General Psychology from Walden University and a BA in Film and Anthropology from Colorado College in 1998 where he hosted a seminar on the use of film in therapy from a Dr. Gary Solomon who was pioneering Cinematherapy™. Dr. Cohen trained as an editor as an intern at an ABC news affiliate and later at a training facility in Burbank California. He both consulted and worked on several projects ranging from Emmy award winning filmmakers to high profile clients. In addition to his educational background, he has been a university of Phoenix instructor since 2010 teaching introductory psychology and Positive Psychology. His clinical experience so far has been with dual diagnosis chemical dependent populations as well as DCFS and families who were court ordered. Within those populations he has worked with many different kinds of disorders within the DSM-IV-TR, most of which are suffering from trauma, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Cohen has presented his dissertation research on film based therapy at an addiction treatment center as and presented at the 2013 APA convention in Hawaii. He works in private practice as a registered pre-licensed post doctoral psychological assistant in Beverly Hills.