2005 Psychology Distinguished Alumna Award

Marilyn J. Simpson, Psy.D.

Marilyn J. Simpson, PsyDMarilyn J. Simpson, Psy.D., received the Distinguished Alumna award at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology commencement on May 21, 2005.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Simpson has been in private practice in Pasadena since 1998. She concurrently serves on the affiliate staff at Huntington Memorial Hospital, and on the medical staff at Las Encinas Hospital, both located in Pasadena. Several private schools and universities refer students to Simpson to provide neurocognitive assessments.

As an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Simpson has taught courses in psychological assessment, clinical practicum, professional practice, and marriage and family therapy. She has guest-lectured at the California School of Professional Psychology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of New Hampshire, and Smith College.

A visible and active presence at professional conferences and workshops, Simpson has made dynamic presentations before professional organizations and women’s groups. Her topics range from personal and family issues to the effects of spirituality on mental health.

Simpson is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and serves on the board of directors of the California Psychological Association (CPA). Since 1998, she has been the director of the Los Angeles Area chapter of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists. As a graduate student Simpson was the recipient of CPA’s very first Bronze Psi Award for significant contributions to the profession and the association. She is an executive officer and past president of the SGVPA, and successfully chaired the 2005 California Psychological Association Convention.

Simpson earned both her master of arts degree in 1989, and her Psy.D. degree in 1995 from Pepperdine. She earned her bachelor of science degree from UCLA in 1988. Simpson currently resides in La Canada/Flintridge.

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