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Meet Dr. Laura S. Anderson

Dr. Laura Anderson has been a licensed child and family psychologist for nearly twenty years.  For many of those years, Dr. Anderson ‘s offices have been primarily based in school settings. She has worked in public, private, international and charter preschools, elementary, middle and high schools.  Dr. Anderson has expertise in learning and behavioral assessments, emotional/behavioral support at home and school, and home-school communication.  In recent years, Dr. Anderson has done presentations related to supporting LGBTQ youth and their families at major conferences across the United States and in international locations. 

In her personal life, Dr. Laura Anderson was lucky to call Hawaii home for many years.  Recently, she relocated to the Oakland area in California after living for several years in West Africa. Dr. Anderson has an adventurous spirit and a travel habit. She has visited many countries and lived out of the United States on four occasions in Asia, Australia, Africa and out of her portable backpack. Dr. Anderson enjoys the learning that comes with travel and is invigorated by the rich complexities that are inherent in cross cultural communications and friendships. She is a fiercely loyal friend and has maintained numerous long-term friendships and kinship relationships around the world.

In addition Dr. Anderson loves outdoor activities and as an adult has enjoyed soccer, basketball, outrigger canoe paddling, triathlons, ballroom dancing, tango, and limping her way through countless impossibly-hard-for-her yoga classes. In her free time she has coached local youth sports and participated in various community and civic activities. Dr. Anderson likes chocolate, dancing, curry, learning, the wonder of teaching children, and is proudest of her amazing son and her ability to laugh at herself.


EDUCATION 

Wright State UniversitySchool of Professional PsychologyPsyD,
Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, 1999
Sole recipient of the Dean's Award, 1999

Williams College
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology, 1992 
Graduated Cum Laude Williams College


LICENSING

Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Hawaii and California 


AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of the American Psychological Association, 1995- present
  • Member of Hawaii Psychological Association, 1998-present
  • Member of the California Psychological Association, 2016-present
  • Member of Various Adoption-related organizations including Parents and Children Together Adoption Alliance; Adoption Learning Partners; National Adoption Council for Adoptable Children 2012-present
  • Member of Mind The Gap: A mental health consortium affiliated with the UCSF Gender Clinic, 2016-present
  • Founding member of Parenting in the Gap: A group under the umbrella of Mind the Gap, dedicated to supporting parents of gender expansive, non-binary and transgender youth, 2017- present

Dr. Laura S. Anderson has spoken at events with the following organizations

Families in Global Transition

FIGT 2018 Conference: Lightning Session
by Dr. Laura Anderson