Dr. Ferguson began working at CeDAR in January 2021. In her role as Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Ferguson serves as a consultant to the inpatient team. She also conducts psychological evaluations, facilitates group and individual therapy, and is the primary supervisor for the APA internship program at CeDAR.
Dr. Ferguson received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology, from Palo Alto University (formerly known as Pacific Graduate School of Psychology) in 2012. She completed her APA internship at Atascadero State Hospital, which is a maximum security inpatient hospital for adult, male offenders under commitment codes including Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, Incompetent to Stand Trial and Mentally Disordered Offenders. She completed her APA postdoctoral training at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, conducting psychological assessments with inpatients hospitalized under involuntary civil commitments (i.e. 5150, 5152, Murphy Conservatorship) with a minor rotation at a community outpatient clinic conducting psychological assessments and providing therapy to individuals with persistent mental illness.
For several years, Dr. Ferguson worked for the state of California in both inpatient and correctional settings. Dr. Ferguson was the Developmental Disability Coordinator, which included completion of court mandated evaluations for inmate-patients with suspected cognitive impairments/developmental disabilities. In addition, her focus included providing emergency psychiatric treatment to acutely decompensated inmate-patients. Dr. Ferguson specializes in the assessment and treatment of suicidal and homicidal behavior, the treatment of severe mental disorders, substance and alcohol use disorders, and individual and group therapy utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral, Behavioral, and Solution-Focused therapeutic orientations.