Dr. Saliha Kozan


Dr. Saliha Kozan is licensed in California, United States as a psychologist. She has worked with individuals of all ages with a wide range of psychological concerns. Dr. Saliha uses a holistic, strength-based approach to facilitate positive change and growth through psychological assessment and psychotherapy. She integrates a social justice perspective into all aspects of her work, and she is passionate about promoting mental health in ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse communities.

Dr. Saliha earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and a master’s degree in Counseling from Michigan State University. She gained clinical experience in hospitals, schools, university counseling centers, and a community mental health center. Following her neuropsychological assessment training at the Neurology Department of Boston University, she completed two years of training at Brookline Community Mental Health Center in the Greater Boston Area. She subsequently completed an internship at University of California, Los Angeles and a post-doctoral residency at University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Saliha integrates culturally responsive and evidence-based practices into psychotherapy with adults and adolescents. These practices include third wave cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), relational-cultural therapy, and mindfulness and self-compassion based interventions. She also provides comprehensive psychoeducational assessments for school-aged children and college students.

Given her interest in bridging research with practice, Dr. Saliha has conducted research for over a decade. She has published scientific articles and book chapters focusing on mental health, psychology of working, culture, and social justice, and she presented her research in professional conferences. In addition to teaching and supervising undergraduate and graduate psychology trainees for many years, Dr. Saliha has led research teams and supervised research assistants in various projects at Boston College. She is currently the coordinator of psychology training at FSHN.


Education and Training
  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Boston College (APA Accredited)
  • M.A., Community & School Counseling, Michigan State University (CACREP Accredited)
  • M.A., Curriculum & Instruction, Selcuk University, Turkey
  • B.A., Psychological Counseling & Guidance, Selcuk University, Turkey
  • Post-Doctoral Psychology Residency, University of California, San Diego, Counseling & Psychological Services  (Specialty Areas: Urgent Care/Crisis Intervention, Stigma Reduction, & Suicide Prevention)
  • Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship, University of California, Los Angeles, Counseling & Psychological Services (APA Accredited)
Specialty Interests
  • Individual and group psychotherapy: Mood and anxiety disorders; stress management; interpersonal relationships; identity and academic/career development; women’s issues; existential and spiritual concerns; immigrant mental health; diversity/multicultural issues; social justice advocacy
  • Mindfulness, self-compassion, and acceptance based approaches to well-being
  • Psychoeducational assessments for attention and/or learning challenges such as ADHD and Specific Learning Disability (dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia)
  • Preventive interventions, community outreach, and consultation
  • Training and supervision in psychology
  • United States Licensure: Licensed Psychologist, State of California (PSY28511)
  • Behavioral Tech: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive Plus
  • Certificate in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC): Certificate of Attendance in 10-Week MSC Course
Professional Membership

American Psychological Association (APA):

Division 17 (Society for Counseling Psychology)

Division 35 (Psychology of Women)

Division 52 (International Psychology); International Committee for Women

American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Psychological Association (AMENA-Psy; Founding Member)

Global Organization for Humanitarian Work Psychology (GOHWP)

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