Noodle Expert Victoria Stevens discusses what led her to pursue a career helping at-risk youths and other trauma victims, how and what she continues to learn from Viktor Frankl, and how she maintains mindfulness amidst chaos.
Victoria Stevens, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst; Educational Consultant:STEAM, Arts Education/Integration, creativity and emotional/social skills; College Professor, Writer and Musician
Victoria Stevens, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, speaker, researcher and educator. She holds a BA with honors in philosophy, cello and theatre from the University of Kansas, an MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (CGI in Los Angeles) and specialized certifications in Hypnosis and the Treatment of Victims and Perpetrators of Violent Crimes. Her psychoanalytic certification is from the Psychoanalytic Center of California, and she studied interpersonal affective neurobiology with Allan Schore for over 10 years. Her research specialty is the study of the development and inhibition of creativity in children and adults, with an emphasis on the relationship between creative thinking, neurobiology, emotional development and affect regulation, the arts and cognitive processes. She has integrated her experience as a classically trained cellist, singer, actress and dancer with her expertise in psychology and pedagogical theory to develop innovative art education curricula and assessments, teacher training programs and trainings for mentors who work with foster children and “at-risk” youth. She is a founding faculty member of the California Institute of the Arts Teaching Artist Training Program and has been a faculty member at a number of institutions: California Institute of the Arts School of Critical Studies, Mount St. Mary’s College, Pacifica Graduate Institute and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute for Infant and Child Development. She provides professional development training for teachers in public and private schools across the country on the subjects of creativity, the arts, emotional regulation, imagination and metacognition as they relate to life-long learning and academic achievement for all children.