Dr. Melissa Matos Ph.D. (she/her)
As a clinical psychologist specializing in rehabilitation psychology, I help individuals living with disabilities and chronic health conditions overcome challenges and improve their quality of life. I have advanced training providing culturally sensitive clinical services across various physical medicine and rehabilitation settings (spinal cord injuries/disorders, blind rehabilitation, acquired brain injuries). My specialty areas include physical and cognitive disabilities, and autoimmune disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis and Alopecia Areata, and I am a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (MSCS). I work with individuals to address psychological issues ranging from mental health conditions like anxiety and depression, to coping with health and life stressors, to navigating body image concerns, visible differences, and overcoming shame and stigmatization.
I obtained my bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Fullerton, my master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Chapman University, and my doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in clinical health psychology at Alliant International University. I completed an APA-accredited internship at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and an APA-accredited postdoctoral psychology fellowship with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Psychology at VA Long Beach Healthcare System.
I am committed to inclusivity and disability advocacy and have presented nationally on social stigma and apparent and non-apparent differences. My therapeutic approach uses affirmative principles that focus on strength and resilience to help individuals feel confident and empowered by their diverse identities and life experiences.