Omar Gudiño, PhD, ABPP, is the Senior Director of the Child Mind Institute’s San Francisco Bay Area clinic. He has dedicated his career to advancing evidence-based and culturally responsive services to meet the needs of children, families, and communities. He is a board-certified child and adolescent psychologist with particular expertise in anxiety and related disorders, mood disorders, and trauma- and stress-related disorders. He values partnering with families to develop a collaborative understanding of their unique strengths and challenges. As an expert in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dr. Gudiño is particularly skilled at developing individualized, evidence-based treatment plans and working with children and adolescents presenting with co-occurring difficulties.
In addition to delivering clinical care, Dr. Gudiño is also a skilled clinical supervisor, trainer, and consultant dedicated to supporting child and adolescent mental health professionals and organizations seeking to implement evidence-based practices to serve the needs of diverse clients in real-world settings. His experience includes work in outpatient, inpatient, school, child welfare, and juvenile justice settings as well as work with Spanish-speaking and Latinx immigrant communities. Dr. Gudiño is a Beck Certified CBT Clinician and is licensed as a psychologist in CA, NY, CO, KS, and MO.
Prior to joining the Child Mind Institute, Dr. Gudiño was Director of the Clinical Child Psychology Program and an associate professor at the University of Kansas. He has published more than 45 scientific articles and chapters and has given hundreds of presentations and workshops to professional and community audiences. His research focuses on understanding and improving children’s mental health services, with a particular focus on ensuring that service systems meet the needs of children and families using evidence-based and equitable practices. His research has also focused on understanding patterns of risk and resilience in youth exposed to violence, with an emphasis on Latinx youth embedded within family, school, and community systems. He is committed to using clinical research and program evaluation methods to support clinical innovation, improve the effectiveness of services, and disseminate effective practices.
Dr. Gudiño’s commitment to improving access to quality mental healthcare is reflected in his extensive involvement in the field. He has served on the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (including serving as president in 2022), the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (where he is the member-at-large for diversity), and on the APA Committee on Children, Youth and Families Workgroup on Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Youth Mental Health. He is associate editor for the Journal of Traumatic Stress and the Journal of Latinx Psychology and served as guest editor for a two-part special issue on advancing equity in youth mental health services in Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Dr. Gudiño is also on the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Child Psychiatry & Human Development, and Behavior Therapy. His work has been recognized with the Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist Award, National Register of Health Service Psychology; the American Board of Professional Psychology Early Career Psychologist Service Award; and awarding of fellow status in the American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (APA Division 53).
- Director and Associate Professor, Clinical Child Psychology Program, University of Kansas
- Faculty, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Assistant Professor, Clinical Child Psychology, University of Denver
- Clinical Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine
- Clinical Psychologist, New York University Child Study Center
- Senior Psychologist and Director of Trauma Treatment Services, Bellevue Hospital Center
- NIMH T-32 Post-Doctoral Fellow, NYU Child Study Center, New York, NY
- Clinical Psychology Intern, NYU-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship Program (Child & Adolescent Specialty Track)
- Psychology Extern, UCLA TIES for Adoption Program/Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services
- Psychology Extern, UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program
- PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
- MA, Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
- BA, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles