CSPP Alumna Christina Camp Continuing to Make an Impact in Her Community
Alumna Christina Camp graduated in 2002 from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles with a PhD in Clinical Psychology, Multicultural Community Mental Health Emphasis Area.
Before coming to Alliant, Christina developed and implemented a program to assist women in successfully transitioning from welfare to work, as program director for the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. "I found the experience to be extremely rewarding, but I soon realized that I wanted to influence change on a broader social and policy level," says Camp. This brought her to Alliant, where she helped coordinate the Pasadena Neighborhood Strengthening Project Youth Leadership and Community Development Program.
Following graduation, Christina completed two Post-doctoral Fellowships. As a Post-doctoral Fellow and Clinical Instructor at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, she evaluated ethnic differences in behavioral health outcomes at the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the state of Connecticut (DMHAS). She stated that her research in this area encompassed an evaluation of service system utilization data, programs and policy for factors that may influence ethnic disparities in behavioral health outcomes. Christina completed her second Post-doc at Emory University's Student Counseling Center where she focused on psychotherapy services, group therapy, screening, intakes and crisis intervention.
At Emory she became director of research projects focused on developing and evaluating the efficacy of contextually appropriate HIV/STD interventions to reduce high risk sexual behaviors and the incidence of STDs in communities of color. The research included a national survey of HIV risk behaviors among African-American and Caucasian woman and risk reduction programs for African-American couples where one partner is HIV positive and one is negative. Findings from each of these studies have informed the development of more targeted interventions to reduce HIV risk behaviors within these specific populations.
Throughout her post-graduate career, Christina has taught various courses at a range of universities, including, Yale University, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University and Spellman College. Most recently, Christina served as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA.
Currently, Christina has her own private practice, CMC Psychological and Consulting Services, and continues to look for her next opportunity to give back to her community.