Dr. Clausen is a clinical psychologist with specializations in
children and youth, treatment of trauma, and the foster care
system. She teaches several clinical courses in the department,
including Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychopathology, Clinical
Psychology, Child Maltreatment, and Psychology Practicum. Dr.
Clausen directs the Foster Care Research Group, a team of
undergraduate and graduate students focused on evaluating
intervention programs with current and former foster youth. She
founded and currently chairs USF's Committee on Children
and Youth, which runs the Child and Youth Studies Minor, and has a
clinical practice in which she provides outpatient psychotherapy
and consultation to trauma survivors.
Dr. Clausen received her BA in Psychology with Honors from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. She completed her clinical internship at the University of California, San Francisco, where she also completed a 2-year National Institute of Mental Health PostDoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Services Research.
Chair of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Director of Branch Campuses