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Huong Diep, PsyD, ABPP

Huong like Hong Kong

Diep like Johnny Depp

Pronouns: she/her/hers

My Story

My parents were part of the wave of boat-people who immigrated to the U.S. in 1980 following the end of the war.  I was born in a refugee camp in Hong Kong and my family eventually settled in Orange County, California. As a child of immigrants, I was highly encouraged to become a medical doctor because it was seen as a “stable” career.  However,  I quickly discovered I did not like blood while volunteering at a hospital! I became interested in nutrition, public health, community development and pursued a variety of career interests. However, the common denominator was always my interest in people, culture and using my personal and professional experiences to help others become their best selves.  Since 2007, I have had the fortune of pursuing my passions in the mental health field by working in schools/universities, hospitals and numerous community mental health centers providing evidence-based, culturally competent therapy and assessments to children, adolescents and their families. I see myself as a bridge to help connect individuals, couples and families to each other and their communities.

My Education & Training

I completed my undergraduate studies at UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish in 2002.  Upon graduation, I joined the Peace Corps where I lived and worked in a small community of 1000 people in the Andes mountains of Peru on projects ranging from reduction of infant mortality, best nutrition and hygiene practices for school aged children and was affectionately dubbed the town “psychologist.”

In 2012, I earned my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology with an emphasis in International Disaster Psychology. I completed my APA approved pre-doctoral internship at the University of Southern California (USC) University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where I conducted bilingual psychodiagnostic and developmental evaluations for school aged children collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of medical and mental health providers. I also completed a two-year APA approved post-doctoral fellowship within the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and the Center for Transyouth Health and Development housed within Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with a focus on adolescent trauma, evidence based interventions, and LGBTIQ+ populations.

I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and their families providing both evidence-based psychotherapy and psychological evaluations in settings such as schools, community mental health clinics, and hospitals. The range of my experiences include conducting neuropsychological evaluations for a stroke and sleep apnea study at Children’s Hospital Colorado to training local mental health providers on assessment tools at the Nhi Dong Pediatric Hospital  in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

In addition, I completed a two year intensive training on Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities training (LEND) where I conducted assessments for children in the foster care system and youth who are experiencing co-morbid medical and mental health symptoms. I am also board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Established in 1947, the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) grants Diplomate certification to licensed psychologists who demonstrate an advanced level of competency and experience in their service specialty. To obtain this certification, a psychologist must undergo a rigorous written and oral examination process by a team of examiners certified in that specialty.

Therefore, I have been in school and training for a long time! But, most importantly, I can translate the world of psychology into every day language that is understandable to my clients. My best compliments are from children and teens who say, “But you’re kinda cool, you don’t talk like a doctor!”

Please see my LinkedIn and Psychology Today pages for more information including publications, teaching, etc.

My Approach

As a Vietnamese/Chinese-American, Spanish speaking board certified psychologist who has lived, worked and traveled in more than 40 countries; I have a unique perspective on culture, language, gender and the mental health struggles that impact different groups. I utilize a trauma-informed approach with interventions that are based in research and highlight your unique strengths.  I see myself as a guide in a very collaborative journey with you and your family.

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