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Portrait Photo of Nana Sadamura, Ph.D.Nana Sadamura, Ph.D.

In my work, I combine my training and experience in clinical psychology with neuropsychology and teaching. I strive to integrate empathy and caring with information about brain function and individual differences in understanding and enhancing the ways we think and learn. My priority has always been preventing the development of difficulties, and I also value early intervention. My strength is as a strategist, with an emphasis on creative problem solving.

I have decades of experience as an academic coach, consultant, instructor, counselor, and therapist, working with individuals who learn in non-traditional ways, including those with Learning Disabilities (LD) or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). I have also trained students and staff in recognizing and accommodating these non-traditional ways of learning.

I am currently in private practice in the Pomona-Claremont area. I studied at the University of Southern California, earning first a B.A. in Religion and later a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. In between, I earned an M.S. in Psychology (M.F.T. preparatory program) from California State University, Los Angeles.

I have taught at Mt. San Antonio College, California State University campuses in Fullerton and Los Angeles, Claremont School of Theology, University of La Verne, and California School of Professional Psychology (now Alliant International University). I have offered undergraduate courses in memory skills, organization skills, career exploration and life planning, and job search, as well as in Asian American Psychology, and Cross-Cultural Psychology. I have taught graduate level courses in Cognitive Assessment, Counseling and Culture, Group Psychotherapy, Marriage and Family, Psychopathology, Schools of Psychotherapy, and Small Group Processes.

I have been a mental health counselor at The Claremont Colleges, California State University at Fullerton, and California State University at Long Beach, and I have provided academic counseling at Mt. San Antonio College.

I have given professional presentations at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Conference, the California Association of Postsecondary Education and Disability (CAPED) Conference, the California Faculty Association (CFA) Diversity Conference, the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) Conference, and the Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education (OCCDHE) Conference. In addition, my students and I have presented posters on our research at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention and the American Public Health Association (APHA) Convention.