Dr. Rebecca M. Pasillas
My professional experiences are broadly focused on professional development and continuing education, providing and adapting evidence-based psychosocial interventions targeting mental well-being of Latinos/as and individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness, integrated care settings, and evaluating the dissemination/implementation of an evidence-based psychotherapy. I have experience working in interdisciplinary settings and research teams at national, regional, and local levels to evaluate the effectiveness of training programs and the successful implementation of psychosocial interventions in multiple clinical care settings by managing large datasets and overseeing data dashboards. As a licensed psychologist in the States of Maryland and Texas, I trained and supervised providers and mental health program leaders in the delivery of Social Skills Training for Serious Mental Illness (SST) for English and Spanish-speaking individuals. I also provided evidence-based psychotherapies (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [ACT]; Problem Solving Training [PST]; Social Skills Training for Serious Mental Illness [SST]; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction; Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for Individuals and Couples & Families; Prolonged Exposure for PTSD) in English and Spanish to populations with behavioral health concerns. Additionally, I was trained and/or clinically supervised by the developers of ACT (Dr. Steve Hayes), SST (Dr. Alan Bellack), and PST (Drs. Art & Christine Nezu).
Pasillas, R. M. & Roman-Laureano, D. (2017). Using behavioral activation to treat depression among Latinos. In L. Benuto (Ed.), Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients: Enhancing Behavioral Health Services (199-219). New York, NY: Springer Publication.
Pasillas, R. M. & Reyes-Torres, J. A. (2017). Improving psychosocial fuctioning in Latinos with schizophrenia. In L. Benuto (Ed.), Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients: Enhancing Behavioral Health Services (295-314). New York, NY: Springer Publication.
Weissman, N., Batten, S. V., Rheem, K. D., Wiebe, S. A., Pasillas R. M., Potts, W., Barone, M., Brown, C. H., & Dixon, L. B. (2017). The Effectiveness of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy With Veterans With PTSD: A Pilot Study. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 0, 1-17.
Tonarelli, S. B., Pasillas, R. M., Alvarado, L., Dwivedi, A., & Cancellare, A. (2016). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Compared to Treatment as Usual in Psychosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Psychiatry, 19: 366. doi:10.4172/2378-5756.1000366
Pasillas, R. M. & Masuda, A. (2014). Cultural Competency and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In A. Masuda (Ed.), Cultural Issues In Acceptance- And Mindfulness-Based Approaches (109-125). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publication.
Masuda, A., Boone, M., Hill, M. L., & Pasillas, R. M. (2014). Thinking functionally and contextually about cultural diversity in mindfulness-based treatments. In M. Boone (Ed)., Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work (235-255). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publication.
Dixon, L., Dickerson, F., Bellack, A., Bennett, M., Dickinson, D., Goldberg, R., Lehman, A., Tenhula, W., Calmes, C., Pasillas, R. M., Peer, J., & Kreyenbuhl, J. (2010). The 2009 PORT Psychosocial Treatment Recommendations and Summary Statement. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 36(1), 48-70.
Ph.D., University of Nevada (2008)
Research Assistant Professor
Licensed Psychologist. State of Maryland
Licensed Psychologist. State of Texas
National Register Health Service Provider in Psychology