Dr. Danielle Keenan-Miller, Ph.D.
Dr. Danielle Keenan-Miller is a psychological scientist, teacher, and therapist. She has authored over a dozen scientific articles, given numerous professional presentations, and serves on the editorial board of a professional journal, The Counseling Psychologist. Her approach to psychotherapy balances the art and science of therapy. She uses scientifically supported treatments that have been proven effective by scientific research and tailors them to help each individual feel better and function better in their everyday lives. The approaches she draws from include cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, family focused therapy, integrative behavioral couples therapy, and mindfulness. She believes that therapy should focus not only on improving symptoms, but also on improving quality of life, including self-image, sense of meaning, self-understanding, and interpersonal relationships.
Dr. Keenan-Miller obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, where she completed an honors thesis examining the role of cognitions in depression and anxiety. She then obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA, where her research focused on the intergenerational transmission of depression, including the way that biology, stress, and interpersonal relationships contribute to depressive episodes in mothers and children. She completed an APA-accredited year-long internship providing therapy and psychological assessment to students at the UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services center. After obtaining her Ph.D., she completed a postdoctoral residency doing research and therapy focused on child and adolescent bipolar disorder at the Semel Institute at UCLA. She served as the Associate Director of Clinical Training at the University of Southern California for two years before returning to UCLA to be the Director of the UCLA Psychology Clinic. In that role, she oversees a busy community clinic, conducts research on psychotherapy, teaches graduate coursework, and trains UCLA graduate students to do therapy. In addition, she has a private practice focused on evidence-based treatments.