Dr. Stephen Neal

Dr. Stephen Neal




Dr. Stephen Neal is currently a School Psychologist and Registered Psychologist in the State of Arizona.  As an Post-doc at Miller Children’s Abuse and Violence Intervention Center (MCAVIC) in Long Beach California, Dr. Neal spends most of his time working with at risk children, adolescents and their families.  In addition, he conducts research on the effectiveness of Trauma-focused treatment, program development, implementation of after-school programs, staff training, and development for Long Beach Unified School District.  

Educational Background

Dr. Neal’s educational background includes a B.A. in Humanities and Psychology (1995) from Menlo College, Atherton, California, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology (1998) from College of Notre Dame, Belmont, California, a M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (2002 and 2003) from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, California.  Dr. Neal completed an A.P.A., approved pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at The Guidance Center (2002-2003) and completed his postdoctoral at MCAVIC.

Professional Experience

As a professional, Dr. Neal has extensive experience in testing and analyzing students of various ethnicities, genders and cultural backgrounds.  During his time as a Behavioral Specialist, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral intern, Dr. Neal had the opportunity of assessing over 300 students academically and soci-emotionally.  Dr. Neal’s assessments were used to assist teachers and parents in developing suitable academic and behavioral goals for appropriate curriculum placement and to monitor students’ progress within the educational system and at home.

Dr. Neal’s research experience is in the areas of: positive interventions for at-risk traumatized youth, health psychology, projective assessments (TAT), and academic assessment with children and adolescents. Dr. Neal also has extensive experience in training school teachers and administration from Long Beach Unified School District, Oak Groove School District, Avondale Elementary School District, Tolleson Unified School District, Cartwright Elementary School District, and Santa Clara Unified School District on various academic, cognitive and behavioral strategies when working with students with or without learning disabilities.

As an athlete and coach, Dr. Neal  has combined his clinical/consultation experience with athletic leadership in coordinating and providing innovative community-based and school-based interventions. Some of the most severely traumatized students are also a high risk for gang-related involvement.  Dr. Neal’s commitment and expertise in the MCAVIC school-based program as well as his knowledge and experience regarding cultural diversity issues continues to contribute to his significant contributions to the MCAVIC program and in the School-Based Working Group of the NCTSN (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network) as well as many school district within the State of Arizona.

Furthermore, Dr. Neal has over 14 years of experience working with parents on positive discipline techniques.  Dr. Neal has presented this extensively to churches, schools and professionals associated with the MCAVIC project, Kaiser Permanente, California Association for the Education of Young Children conference, California Head Start Association, Foster Care Agencies, and various Mental Health Programs.

Other Affiliations

Articles describing Dr. Neal’s work on Parenting Skills and Education have been published in the Family Health Guide magazine.  Dr. Neal has attained grants as Assistant Project Director to fund services at Pine Hill School, San Jose, California.  Grants were awarded for the San Mateo County Youth Employment Program, MCAVIC, and Black Male Rebirth Program, from Uni-Health Foundation (2003-2004), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2003-2004), Healthy Start (2000-02), IBM (2002), San Mateo County Private Industry Council (1992-1997), and Hewlett Packard Foundation (1996-1997).

Currently, Dr. Neal is a Board Member of the Quality of Care Committee for Magellan Health Service in the State of Arizona under the direction and leadership of Dr. Stephen Dannenbaum, Chief Clinical Officer and Dr. Andrew Mebane, Chief Medical Officer.



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