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Khalima A. Bolden-Thompson, PhD

Assistant Director of Clinical Training at UC Davis Early Psychosis Programs,
University of California, Davis

Dr. Khalima A. Bolden is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Assistant Director of Clinical Training at the UC Davis Early Psychosis Program. Dr. Bolden received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the San Diego State University/University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology after completing her internship at UCLA with a focus on Early Psychosis and Trauma. She went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a focus on Early Psychosis and Neuropsychological Assessment. Throughout her training and career she has developed expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma with an emphasis on treating comorbid trauma and serious mental illness. Since arriving at UC Davis, Dr. Bolden has actively served on the Department of Psychiatry’s Diversity Advisory Committee, and is involved in recruitment activities focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in both the department and in the health system. Dr. Bolden has also demonstrated her commitment to excellence in teaching and education and has lectured courses on social determinants of health in both the medical and nursing schools. Dr. Bolden also has an active and rich research which focuses on examining sociocultural factors associated with risk for psychosis and access to care. Dr. Bolden has specific expertise in the impact of systemic marginalization of African Americans both in society and in the healthcare system on the mischaracterization of psychosis symptoms in this population as well as the role of intergenerational and contemporary trauma on this population as a key stressor contributing to psychosis symptoms in this group. She has published in various scientific journals focusing on these interests and is the member of a number of scientific societies.