ABOUT BRIDGES OF THE MIND
Bridges of the Mind Psychological Services was founded by Dr. Frieze in 2018. Dr. Frieze has always felt that working with and helping families has been her primary passion. She has been working in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders since 2003 where she was a behavioral therapist with a local Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) company. From there she solidified her career goals to obtain her doctorate in psychology. Her clinical training has allowed her to work within the clinic, school, and home settings conducting evaluations for the lifespan. Dr. Frieze’s postdoctoral training at Kaiser Permanente’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic allowed for the best foundation and training. For seven years Dr. Frieze was one of the primary psychologists at the University of California, Davis MIND Institute who conducted clinical evaluations for neurodevelopmental disorders, regional center evaluations, and with the social skills program. Dr. Frieze spent the past two years as a staff psychologist at Dignity Healthcare in Woodland, California where she continued to conduct neurodevelopmental assessments for infants through early adulthood. Her professional goal is to service as many patients as she is able to in a timely fashion. Dr. Frieze’s waiting lists have been as long as 9 months for these types of assessments that are so needed in our community. Therefore, Dr. Frieze has felt driven to be in private practice full time. We are excited to announce that Bridges of the Mind is growing and now we have additional practitioners for your assessment needs!
Experience you can trust
Dr. Erika Frieze
Dr. Frieze received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2003. She then received her Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Alliant International University in Sacramento in 2008. During her time in her doctorate program she also received her certificate in Infant Preschool Mental Health. Dr. Frieze’s clinical experience began as an in home ABA therapist. She has also been fortunate enough to work within the school and clinical settings conducting psychological assessments. Dr. Frieze has served the majority of the northern California regional centers as a vendor conducting limited scope assessments. In addition she has experience in assessing infants through adults for neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Frieze is research reliable in the best practice assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale, Second Edition (ADOS-2), and all of her evaluations have been highly regarded in the community for the past 10 years.
Dr. Parisa Shoja
Dr. Shoja began working in the field of psychology over 15 years ago, as a behavioral therapist for children with autism spectrum disorders. It was during this time she discovered her love of working with kids and families. She went on to complete her undergraduate degree in psychology at UC Davis and obtained her doctorate in psychology (Psy.D) at The Wright Institute in Berkeley. Her training and work experience have involved various settings including the UC Davis MIND Institute where she conducted cognitive and behavioral evaluations for children participating in autism research. Dr. Shoja has provided psychological services to children and adolescents in schools, where she had the opportunity to provide community outreach and develop therapy groups for students. She has also worked with adults in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Dr. Shoja is excited to be able to provide evaluation services to individuals and families in the area as she knows how important they can be in the journey towards receiving services.
Dr. Janice Mc Davit
Dr. McDavit received her B.A. in psychology from UC Davis, and her M.A. in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University. She began her clinical career providing in-home behavioral therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as conducting psychological assessments for Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. McDavit received her Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in 2012 from Alliant International University, Sacramento. She has gone on to provide both therapy and psychological assessments for adults as well as children and teens, including dually-diagnosed and severely emotionally disturbed youth, in schools, private practice, and inpatient settings. She looks forward to providing psychological services that can help clients grow, advocate for themselves, and thrive.