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Alicia Harris-Deaver, LCSW

Alicia Harris-Deaver is a licensed clinical social worker with the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH). She is the social work intern program supervisor for DBH and oversees, supervises, and provides training to 30 MSW and BSW interns from 5 universities placed within 15 programs in DBH. Harris-Deaver has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Social Work from California State University, San Bernardino. Prior to her current position, she worked as a clinical therapist II in a forensic outpatient mental health clinic and, prior to that, as a clinical therapist in an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Harris-Deaver also has experience providing case management for families and seniors, working with youth in the foster care system, and as a counselor in group homes for teenagers. Her research and training interests include: factors that impact staff wellness, burnout, and stress; clinical supervision; the role of social support in wellness and recovery; and ethics and ethical decision making.

Joshua Morgan, Psy.D.

Joshua Morgan, Psy.D., is the research and planning psychologist for the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) and has worked clinically with adolescent self-injury, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, psychiatric inpatient units, and university counseling centers. He earned his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Berkley, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. He has also been intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy. Morgan has published and presented on interfaith peacemaking, nonsuicidal self-injury, and a variety of issues related to spirituality and psychology. He is a member of several county and state-wide committees, including co-chair for DBH’s System-wide Evaluation and Outcome Committee, and chair for DBH’s Spirituality Sub-Committee. Morgan also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for a variety of universities on subjects such as research and evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, biological foundations of psychology, and epistemology and worldview.

Denise Persichino, DO

Denise Persichino, DO, is a psychiatrist for the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health. She completed her training in psychiatry at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and also received an advanced certificate in psychiatry and religion from Loma Linda University. She did her medical school training at Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Her passion is to care for the underserved, and she is also a recipient of the National Health Service Corps scholarship.

Cynthia White, LMFT

Cynthia White, LMFT, enthusiastically took the reins as chief patients’ rights advocate for San Bernardino County in October 2011. She received her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University, and completed the San Bernardino County Management Leadership Academy, Management Development Track, in 2011. Her 21 years of management experience have given her the ability to direct projects from concept to fully operational status. She has collaboratively developed, refined, implemented, and presented new projects, programs, workshops, policies, and procedures, including the Community Crisis Response Team, where she coordinated with forensics to facilitate crisis intervention training for multiple law enforcement agencies and engaged more than 340 community members to provide input for prevention/early intervention targeted forums. White has also given numerous professional presentations, including the “First Steps to Building a Coalition” webinar for state patients’ rights advocates and “Developing a Room & Board Coalition” at last year’s state advocate training. She was also a panel expert and group facilitator at the “Impact of Trauma and Violence” program in San Diego in 2011, and presented “Crisis in the Home” for the San Bernardino Unified Schools Symposium. White brings energy and passion, motivation and support, while advocating and educating consumers and peers alike, and hence is a natural fit for her current chief advocate role.