Meet Dr. Julie Caplan Nuzzalo
Dr. Julie Caplan Nuzzalo received her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles in Clinical Forensic Psychology. Her doctoral research examined whether social rejection in elementary school was a predictor of relationally aggressive behaviors in adolescent females. Other research interests include aggressive behaviors in children and adolescents, bullying/cyberbullying, oppositional defiant disorder/conduct disorder, the etiology of antisocial personality disorder/psychopathy, the etiology of borderline personality disorder, and the efficacy of pharmacotherapy in child/adolescent populations.
Prior to joining AKA, Dr. Julie’s clinical training included working primarily with homeless and runaway children and adolescents, with two training years spent at the Los Angeles Youth Network and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine in Hollywood, CA. Within these settings, she received training in trauma-informed care, interventions, and responses, complex trauma, child and adolescent development, attachment theory, substance abuse and dependence, LGBTQ+-specific issues, harm reduction, and strengths-based therapy. She also spent a year and a half working in community mental health where she provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment services to adolescents and adults. Additionally, Dr. Julie has a long history of work experience in behavioral intervention with children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, both in-home and as a school shadow.
Dr. Julie splits her time at AKA between psychological assessment and psychotherapy. In the therapy room, she utilizes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and client-centered therapy, specializing in tweens and teens. She recognizes the unique challenges inherent in adolescence (including gender and sexuality spectrums), and strives to ensure her clients feel comfortable, supported, seen, and heard. She hopes to achieve this through genuine and authentic interactions, connection, and humor. She is unapologetically herself, always, and is passionate about helping her clients develop and nurture a strong identity foundation.
In her spare time, Dr. Julie parents an amazingly awesome kiddo, who shines with energy and stardust (and who also happens to have ADHD). They can be frequently found making art together, eating grilled cheese, and creating large-scale stuffed animal battle scenes.
Dr. Julie joined Albert Knapp & Associates in 2015, and currently works at AKA as a Clinical Psychologist (PSY 30928).