Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Fresno Campus

Fellow, Rockway Institute

Professor

Alliant International University Fresno
5130 E. Clinton Way
Fresno CA 93727

559-253-2224

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Biopsychosocial Factors in Infant-Preschooler Mental Health (web-based)

Parent-Child Relationship Assessment

Teaching with Distance Learning Methods (team taught)

PsyD Dissertation (four semester seminar - hybrid class)

Lifespan Developmental Psychology (web-based)

Parent-child relationship assessment; early childhood intervention program evaluation; qualitative research methods; LGBT families.

Limberg, B. & Ammen, S. (2008). Ecosystemic play therapy with infants and toddlers and their families. In C. Schaefer, P Kelly-Zion, J. McCormick, & A. Ohnogi (Eds.), Play therapy for very young children (pp. 103-124). New York: Jason Aronson.

Hitchcock, D., Ammen, S., O'Connor, K., & Backman, T. (2008). Validating the Marschak Interaction Method Rating System with adolescent mother-child dyads. International Journal of Play Therapy# 17(1), 24-38.

Knapp, P. K., Ammen, S., Arstein-Kerslake, C, Poulsen, M. K., & Mastergeorge, A. (2007). Feasibility of expanding services for very young children in the public mental health setting. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(2), 152-161.

Knapp, P. K., Ammen, S., Arstein-Kerslake, C, Poulsen, M. K., & Mastergeorge, A. (2007). Feasibility of expanding services for very young children in the public mental health setting. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(2), 152-161.

Ammen, S. & Limberg, B. (2005). Play Therapy with Preschoolers using the Ecosystemic Model. In K. Finello (Ed.), Handbook of Training & Practice in Infant & Preschool Mental Health(pp. 207-232). New York. Jossey Bass.

Ammen, S. (2000). A play-based parenting program to facilitate parent- childattachment. In H. Kaduson & C. Schaefer (Eds.), "Short-term play therapy approaches with children" (pp. 345-369). New York: Guilford Press.

O'Connor, K. & Ammen, S. (1997). Play Therapy Treatment Planning and Interventions: The Ecosystemic Model and Workbook. San Diego: Academic Press.

Ammen, S., Semrad, J., Soria, S., Limberg, E., Peterson, C., Moore, M., O'Neill, K., Picard, S., Boley, S. (1996). The development of tools to research the Color-Your-Life technique. International Journal of Play Therapy, 5(2), 21-39.

Boley, S., Ammen, S., O'Connor, K., & Miller, l. (1996). The use of the Color-Your-Life technique with pediatric cancer patients and their siblings. International Journal of Play Therapy. 5(2), 57-78.

Ammen, S. (1994). The good feeling-bad feeling game: A technique to facilitate attachment and communication. In K. O'Connor & C. Schaefer (eds). Handbook of play therapy, vol. 2, Advances and innovations (pp. 283-294). New York: John Wiley.

Limberg, B. & Ammen, S. (In Press). Ecosystemic play therapy with infants and toddlers. In C. Schaefer, P Kelly-Zion, J. McCormick, & A. Ohnogi (Eds.), Play therapy for very young children. Rowman & Littlefield..

Ammen, S. (Feb 27, 2009). The Ecosystemic Approach to Infant Preschooler Mental Health: Concepts, Interventions, & Training One day workshop for Los Angeles County Birth to Three, Los Angeles.

Arstein-Carslake, C., & Ammen, S. (May 8, 2009). Training Guidelines and Personal Competencies for Infant Family & Early Childhood Mental Health. Half-day presentation to professionals in San Diego county, San Diego, CA.

Kuba, S. & Ammen, S. (May 29, 2009). Pedagogy and Technology for Online Education. All-day training for faculty in Sacramento, CA.

Ammen, S. (March 22, 2007). The Ecosystemic approach to infant-preschooler mental health training. Presented at a symposium on Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Training: Models and Future Directions in California as part of the IDA Conference in San Jose, CA.

Ammen, S. & Limberg, B. (2006, November). The Ecosystemic Approach to Infant-Preschooler Mental Health: A Training Model. Poster presentation at the Zero To Three 21st National Training Institute in Albuquerque, NM.

Assessing Parent-Child Relationships: Marschak Interaction Method Rating System

Program Evaluation: Infant-Preschooler Mental Health Certificates

Prop 10 First Five Infant Preschooler Mental Health Training Grant - San Diego

Prop 63 MHSA Infant Preschooler Mental Health Training Grant - Fresno County

Academic History and Background

PhD, California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno, 1989, 1989

Licensed Clinical Psychologist - California (inactive) and Colorado (active)

Registered Nurse - California

Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (Association for Play Therapy)

Colorado Association of Infant Mental Health

American Psychological Association

Colorado Association for Play Therapy

Association for Play Therapy

Professional Practice and Community Service

Early Childhood Mental Health, [published at www.wested.org/cpei/forms/training-guidelines.pdf], 2009

Teaching Faculty, Harris Infant Mental Health post-graduate Training Program, University of Colorado, Denver.

Member, California Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (CIF&ampECMH) Training Guidelines Workgroup - Revised the California Training Gidelines and Personnel Competencies for Infant-Family and

Editorial Board, International Journal of Play Therapy

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant and Trainer, Early Childhood and Family Center, Aurora Mental Health, Colorado

Michelle Detsch. The relationships between posttraumatic stress symptoms and expressive and receptive language in Mexican immigrant youth.

Dante Alexander. A comparison of suicide predictors between African Americans and Caucasians.

Patricia Owens. Fostering preschooler attachment and development through a relationship-based group parent-training program.

Kathleen Munsell. A screening battery for identifying at-risk infants: prediction of outcome on Bayley Scales of Infant/Toddler Development-III

Kao Yang. A comparative study of parenting attitudes between three groups of Hmong using the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory-2 Hmong version

Annual two-day bicycle ride (MS150) in Colorado to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis

Mental Health Disaster Volunteer after Katrina in Biloxi, MS American Red Cross

Hiking Skiing Backpacking Camping Environmental concerns Parenting