Dr. Shannon Curry, PsyD, MSCP
Dr. Shannon Curry is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Curry Psychology Group.
She earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University, where she conducted dissertation research on trauma interventions for international communities affected by poverty and warfare.
Dr. Curry completed an APA-Accredited doctoral internship at Tripler Army Medical Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. While there, she received intensive training in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Adult, Child & Family Therapy, and Neuropsychological Assessment. She then completed a two-year post-doctoral residency at Hawaii State Hospital, further specializing in trauma and forensic psychology.
In addition, in 2013, Dr. Curry completed a post-doctoral Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology to fulfill the education requirement for psychologist prescriptive authority in states and federal agencies where psychologists are permitted to prescribe medication (currently psychologists are not authorized to prescribe in California outside of military settings).
Over the last 15 years, Dr. Curry has provided therapy and assessment services in military, civilian, and state-funded psychiatric hospitals; as well as community counseling centers, clinics, and private practice settings in the U.S. and abroad. She is a Certified Forensic Examiner for the Hawaii Department of Courts and Corrections and has served as an expert witness in Honolulu’s First Circuit Criminal Court and Orange County’s Superior Courts.
In her private practice, Dr. Curry specializes in helping adult men and women achieve overall life improvement, cope with grief and acute trauma, and improve the health of their relationships. She has completed all three levels of advanced training in the Gottman Method of Couples therapy, and is a Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator and Gottman Seven Principles of Marriage Workshop Leader. She is known for her passion for evidence-based, effective care; her genuine and friendly approach; and for delivering real results and lasting transformation to her clients.
Dr. Curry’s diverse clinical experience comes from her foundational research on culturally-responsive trauma therapies. Her commitment to culturally-competent care inspires her to be continually attuned and responsive to the needs of her clients in the therapy room, while also recognizing the broader social forces that affect her clients’ lives. Dr. Curry is committed to social justice work, and her research on trauma therapy with international communities has received awards from the American Psychological Association and Psychology Beyond Borders and is published in peer-reviewed journals and academic texts. Currently, Dr. Curry serves on the Board of Advisors for the UC Irvine Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA); an interdisciplinary organization of researchers and practitioners who study and develop solutions for modern-day global issues of poverty, violence, warfare, complex disaster, and environmental sustainability.
In her effort to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of therapeutic interventions, Dr. Curry has also developed a unique specialization in Animal Assisted Therapy. She is a certified Therapy Dog Handler with the National Alliance of Therapy Dogs and has previously served on the Board of Directors for Hawaii State Hospital’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program and the Hawaii Canine Assistance Network (HI-CAN) service dog organization. Her own dog, Gunnar, is a trained and certified Therapy Dog through the National Alliance of Therapy dogs, and can be spotted by her side or making the rounds at the Curry Psychology Group office.
Dr. Curry is licensed to practice psychology in California (#PSY-26449) and Hawaii (#PSY-1404).