Dr. Alexandria King is a Clinical Lead at the East Hawaii Family Guidance Center in Hilo, where she completed both her predoctoral internship through HIPIC and postdoctoral fellowship. She earned her Psy.D. from Alliant International University Sacramento campus in May of 2021. Dr. King has experience providing psychotherapy and psychological assessments in a variety of settings with diverse populations. Dr. King has training in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and is also a certified provider and trainer of PC-CARE therapy–an adapted version of Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She has been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to bring PC-CARE to Hawaii and has currently trained six therapists on the Big Island in PC-CARE. Dr. King is passionate about increasing accessibility to mental health services for children and families who have experienced trauma.
Dr. Canaan Higa is a Clinical Lead for the Department of Health’s Family Court Liaison Branch at the Hale Ho’omalu Juvenile Detention Center and Home Maluhia shelter located in Kapolei, where he also completed his postdoctoral fellowship through HIPIC. Dr. Higa also completed his predoctoral internship through HIPIC through the Department of Education on Kauai. Additionally, he has completed training in a community mental health setting and a children’s inpatient hospital. He earned his Psy.D. from Pacific University’s School of Graduate Psychology in 2020.
Dr. Michael Taylor is the Program Director for the Hawai’i Psychology Internship Consortium. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. He has authored and co-authored a number of articles investigating the neurobehavioral and neuroimaging correlates of substance use and HIV. He also served as Director of the SDSU Psychology Clinic, the primary training site for the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology for 14 years and was Program Chair for the Association of Psychology Training Clinics for 12 years. Since retiring from San Diego State University, he has worked as a Clinical Psychologist for the Hawaii Department of Education providing psychological treatment and conducting evaluations for School-Based Behavioral Services for the West Complex on Kauai. He also serves as an intern supervisor for HI-PIC. In addition to his work in Kauai’s public schools, he enjoys outdoor activities including snorkeling, paddle-boarding, and hiking.
Dr. Carol Agar is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist, who relocated from California to head the mental health section at MCCC. She has over 10 years of executive managerial experience. She has overseen the largest mental health department in the United States, Los Angeles County of Mental Health. She has years of correctional experience, working maximum security prisons in California. She managed multiple mental health programs in one of the largest prisons in California. Dr. Agar was the first Asian American President of the Orange County Psychological Association. She has also served as a subject matter expert for the California Board of Psychology. She is also fluent in Japanese. Dr. Agar has a history of doctoral-level psychology intern supervision and is passionate about training the next generation of psychologists. She is excited to take the lead in participating in the orientation program, cultural rotation, graduation event, and other programs/events.
Dr. Mei-Lin Lawson is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead at the East Hawaii Family Guidance Center in Hilo, where she completed her predoctoral internship through HIPIC and postdoctoral fellowship. She earned her Psy.D. from the Hawaii School of Professional Psychology at Chaminade University in 2019. Dr. Lawson has experience in providing psychotherapy and psychological assessments for culturally diverse children and their families in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, group private practice, and military hospital. She is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Parent-Child CARE (PC-CARE), and Child Maltreatment. Dr. Lawson is passionate about serving the children and families of Hawaii, trauma-informed care, and multidisciplinary collaboration.
Dr. Jessica Carroll has worked for the Hawaii Department of Education School-based Behavioral Health program since 2011. Dr. Carroll also has experience in the areas of intensive in-home therapy, adult case management, and neurobehavioral research. In addition to working for the Hawaii Department of Education, Dr. Carroll has a part-time private practice serving children, adolescents, and adults. Special interest areas include COPMI (Children of Parents with Mental Illness) as well as intergenerational trauma.
Dr. Christina Uemura is a clinical psychologist working for the Department of Education School-Based Behavioral Health department on Kaua`i. She has been with them for 3 years now and is currently serving elementary school and high school students and families. Dr. Uemura graduated from her doctoral program at Hawaii School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in 2018. She completed her predoctoral internship with HI-PIC as well. Dr. Uemura is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Child Maltreatment. She has always worked with rural populations, in comprehensive health centers, forensic settings, and school clinics.
Dr. Tod-Casey Takeuchi earned his Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Argosy University, Hawaii. He completed his Predoctoral Internship with The Hawaii Psychology Internship Consortium at The Family Court Liaison Branch. He also completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Northern California Kaiser Permanente Child and Family Mental Health Department providing a wide range of services including assessment, treatment planning, individual and group psychotherapy, and crisis management. For the last few years, Dr. Takeuchi has worked as a psychologist for the Department of Education in the Windward Oahu District providing consultation and psychological evaluations.
Abby Royston, Ph.D., NCSP, earned her degree in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed a respecialization program in School Psychology at Arizona State University. Dr. Royston is the Lead Psychologist for the Windward Oahu School District, and an adjunct faculty member of HI-PIC. She is a secondary intern supervisor at WIndward School District. She has previously served as the Hawaii Representative to the National Association of School Psychologists, as well as the President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Hawaii Association of School Pyschologists. Dr. Royston has a particular interest in the assessment of children with low incidence disorders.