Deborah Buckwalter, PhD
Fuller Theological Seminar
Dr. Deborah Buckwalter is an accomplished clinical psychologist with advanced training and nearly two decades of experience in psychological and neuropsychological assessment and treatment. She brings a life dedicated to personal growth, quality care, academic excellence and respect for the uniqueness of each individual into every session in her highly respected private practice in Pasadena, California.
Deborah has used her education, training and experience in academia as a guest lecturer, adjunct faculty, supervisor and mentor; in the business world as a psychological consultant for eHarmony and TidePool; and as a clinician at numerous sites including Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, Persona Neurobehavior Group, and her own private practice.
She attained a B.A. in Social Ecology from U.C. Irvine and a M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy at the School of Psychology at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. She went on to complete a M.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Integrative Studies, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller. Internship at Loma Linda University Medical Center deepened her experience in health psychology, behavioral health, and neuropsychology; she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the UCLA Department of Neurology.
Deborah currently enjoys a robust general practice working with adults. She has developed expertise in a range of issues and difficulties for which people seek therapy: Life transitions, anxiety and mood disorders, relationship issues, parenting concerns, Attention Deficit Disorder, chronic and progressive illness, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, spiritual conflict and other concerns. In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Buckwalter provides comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for individuals with progressive neurological illnesses such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis, acquired brain and bodily injury/illness, and suspected adult Attention Deficit difficulties.
Deborah’s work is highly influenced by the emerging field of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) that incorporates the scientifically informed contention that interpersonal relationships throughout the lifespan shape and reshape our brains. The primary goal of IPNB is that of Integration, both within the individual and between individuals. This occurs by intentionally increasing awareness and focusing attention on aspects of the self and aspects of relationships that result in healing and growth.
Ever the advocate for secure attachment, no description of Deborah is complete without reference to the key role interpersonal relationships play in her personal and professional life. She is married to a brilliant research scientist, Dr. J. Galen Buckwalter. She has two daughters: Dr. Tina Bryson is an attentive mother of 3, co-author (with Dr. Daniel Siegel) of two New York Times bestselling books on parenting, as well as a speaker, educator, psychotherapist, and executive director of the Center for Connection in Pasadena, California. Jennifer Williams is an attentive parent of 2, photographer, a performing artist, and production manager. Of her two sons in law, Dr. Scott Bryson and Chris Williams, Deborah states, “I couldn’t have designed more gifted, kind, multitalented, hardworking men who are mates to my daughters and exceptional fathers to my 5 grandchildren”.
Rumor has it Deborah also plays the electric bass in a rock band.