Liana Abascal, PhD, MPH,
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, health coach, and certified lifestyle medicine professional specializing in health-related issues including eating and weight disorders, diabetes, nutrition and exercise behaviors and chronic disease management.
I earned my PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Medicine from the SDSU & UCSD Joint Doctoral Program. Additionally I have an Masters in Public Health (MPH) from SDSU with an emphasis in Health Promotion. I completed my internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience focusing on Adult Health and Behavior and a postdoc in the UCLA School of Public Health.
Since completing my academic training, I have held positions at the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the UCSD Eating Disorder Center, Rady Children's Hospital Diabetes Clinic, and am currently an assistant professor at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University where I get to share my passion teaching health psychology.
To further my education in coaching and lifestyle medicine, I completed a certification in Positive Psychology and Well-Being Coaching through the College of Executive Coaching, and a certification in Plant-based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University, and recently became certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Professional through the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. This has led me to expand my practice into the area of health coaching and general wellness.