Melina  Islas, BS, Psychology Extern

I am currently a third year School Psychology doctoral student at the University of Arizona. My practice as a burgeoning clinician is one that focuses on client strengths, so as to build up their resilience. My past experiences in the behavioral health field include providing support to foster families and children, behavior management and modification in a behavioral health respite setting, and conducting assessment and intervention with children in a school setting. From these experiences, I believe that the main goal in my therapy practice is to empower children to communicate their feelings and needs in a productive manner in their everyday lives. I want to see kids realize their worth and their power over their thoughts and behaviors. I believe that behaviors and cognitions are malleable. Just as learning can be interactive and play based in a school setting, I believe therapy can be too. I enjoy yoga, hiking, and participating in intramural sports (e.g. kickball, softball) in my free time. I love to travel around Arizona. My favorite trip included hiking over 40 miles in just a few days, backpacking to Havasupai Falls and surrounding areas in the Grand Canyon and back.  

I am currently under the supervision of Dr. Brandy Baker. 

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Children & Adolescents
  • Academic interventions
  • Youth Involved in Foster Care 
  • At-Risk Culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy