Caitlin Gasperetti, MA
In Progress at University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
I am currently a graduate student in the Clinical Science PhD program at the University of California, Berkeley. I grew up in Seattle, Washington but have called the Bay Area home for the past 9 years. I completed my Bachelors degree in Psychology at Stanford University where I assisted in research examining how depression during adolescence impacts attention to and interpretation of emotion. While at Stanford, I worked as a peer counselor at the Bridge Peer Counseling Center, co-lead the peer counseling skills course for undergraduate and graduate students, and acted as a resident assistant in a freshman-sophomore dorm. Each of these experiences provided me with a solid clinical foundation and passion for working closely with others.
Since starting my doctoral work at Berkeley, my research has focused on understanding sleep during adolescence and how altering sleep can impact emotional functioning. Additionally, I have worked as a therapist for two randomized controlled trials examining a novel sleep intervention aimed at improving sleep and mental health outcomes for adolescents with an eveningness chronotype and adults with severe mental illness. During my two year clinical practicum at Berkeley, I primarily delivered cognitive behavioral therapy to adolescents and adults with a focus on anxiety, depression, and sleep problems.
My approach to therapy is grounded in my training in evidence-based practice. I take a collaborative approach to therapy and recognize that each person is the expert in their own life and experiences. I am humbled by the opportunity to support others and strive to create a safe space while striking a balance between acceptance and change. I am excited to be a member of the BACA team.