Dr. Shannon Curry, PsyD, MSCP
Dr. Shannon Curry is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Curry Psychology Group in Newport Beach. Dr. Shannon Curry specializes in providing therapy to both civilian and military clients.
Since 2007, 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 regularly serves as an expert witness and is a certified forensic examiner for the State of Hawaii’s Department of Courts and Corrections. Dr. Curry also serves as a registered psychological evaluator for California courts and law enforcement agencies.
In her private practice, Dr. Curry helps adults achieve overall life improvement, cope with grief and acute trauma, and improve their relationships. 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.
She is committed to social justice work, and her research on culturally-responsive trauma therapy in international communities has received awards from the American Psychological Association and Psychology Beyond Borders. Dr. Curry currently 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 Alliance of Therapy Dogs and can be spotted by her side or making the rounds at the Curry Psychology Group office.
DR. CURRY’S CREDENTIALS
Dr. Curry is licensed to practice psychology in both California (PSY-26449) and Hawaii (PSY-1404).
She began college as a human biology major at Georgetown University with the intent to pursue a career in medicine. When she decided that psychology was a better fit, she transferred to the University of California Irvine to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior, graduating with high honors. Dr. Curry went on to earn a master’s and doctorate degree in clinical psychology (MA & PsyD) at Pepperdine University where she earned research honors for her dissertation on post-war communal trauma in Ayacucho, Peru.
In 2010, Dr. Curry began an American Psychological Association (APA)-Accredited doctoral internship at Tripler Army Medical Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. As one of only two civilian interns admitted to this highly competitive program, Dr. Curry received intensive training in combat psychology, trauma, and the assessment and treatment of PTSD.
Following her internship year, Dr. Curry completed a two-year post-doctoral residency at Hawaii State Hospital. While there, she served as Co-Chair of a hospital-wide Trauma-Informed Care initiative. She also obtained certification as a forensic examiner for the State of Hawaii Department of Courts and Corrections.
As one of the premier therapists in Newport Beach since 2013, Dr. Curry has worked in private practice while contracting with the Justice System and the Department of Defense. She has also pursued additional specialization in relationships and couples therapy, completing all three levels of advanced training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy and becoming a Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator and Seven Principles of Marriage Workshop Leader.
In addition to her credentials in therapy and forensic evaluation, Dr. Curry is one of a handful of psychologists in the country to have completed a postdoctoral Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) for prescriptive authority in certain states and federal jurisdictions.