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Aimée M. Vadnais, Psy.D., MFT

Director, M.A. in Clinical Psychology (San Diego)
Assistant Professor, Department of Graduate Psychology
Phone: (619) 718-9655
Alternate: (858) 212-6112
Fax: (619) 718-9659
In addition to APU, Aimee Vadnais, Psy.D., MFT, has a private practice in San Diego called Carmel Valley Psychological Services, where she specializes in couples, women’s issues, and infertility. Her clinical interests include positive psychology, emotional intelligence, attachment theory, and sensory processing disorders. She has been a guest speaker about the field of psychology at several San Diego schools, including La Jolla Country Day School, Cal Coast Academy, the University of San Diego, and Point Loma Nazarene University. She has twice been a presenter at the Hawaii International Conference in Education, presenting on topics such as “Using Research-Based Positive Psychology Interventions to Maximize Emotional Well-Being in K-12 Schools” and “Incorporating Movement Therapy, Vision Therapy, Listening Therapy, and Meditation into Traditional Martial Arts Instruction to Address the Underlying Neurological and Physiological Causes of Learning, Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders.” Vadnais has also been published several times, including the articles Infidelity: Is Your Spouse Leading a Double Life? Eight Warning Signs to Consider and Parenting: Forcing Kids to Become too Responsible after Divorce Can Hurt in Long Run on, as well as a contribution to Making Marriage a Success: Pearls of Wisdom from Experts Across the Nation (, Inc., 2011). Her dissertation was titled “The Effects of Emotional Intelligence on Marital Satisfaction.”


  • Psy.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Alliant International University
  • M.A., Marital and Family Therapy, University of San Diego
  • B.A., Psychology, Pepperdine University
  • B.A., Public Relations, Pepperdine University


  • License: Marriage and Family Therapy
  • License: Psychology
  • Certification: Prepare/Enrich Counselor


School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Graduate Psychology

Courses Taught

  • PPSY 558 – Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • PPSY 580 – Introduction to Clinical Practice: Basic Skills
  • PPSY 581 – Introduction to Clinical Practice: Advanced Skills
  • APA Seminar