Background and Qualifications

Education:  I received my undergraduate degree in psychology at UCLA, graduating cum laude on the Dean’s Honor List.  I attended two graduate schools:  Clark University near Boston, MA, and California School of Professional Psychology, in San Diego, CA.  From Clark and CSPP I earned an M.A. in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. with Honors in clinical psychology.  

For a list of my research experience, click here.

For a list of my teaching experience, click here.

My dissertation was “A Comparison of Mother-Infant, Father-Infant and Stranger-Infant Affect Attunement:  Characteristics and Consequences of Discrete Parenting Roles in Infant Affective Development.”  In plain English, I looked at parents who were "tuned in" to what their babies were feeling and studied how this helped very young children learn how to identify and communicate feelings. I chose this research for two reasons.  First, fathers were not included in a positive way in psychological research at that time, and I wanted to show their important contribution to parenting.  Second, many of my adult patients had a difficult time sorting through their feelings, identifying how they felt, putting the right label to describe their feelings or, others had difficulty correctly reading other people's feelings (for instance, they thought their spouse was angry when this was not so.)  For these two reasons, I decided to look at the roots of our learning about feelings, and include fathers and their babies in my design.

My experience is quite broad, ranging from locked wards at psychiatric hospitals to long-term residential treatment centers to community and college based treatment centers to private practice with a multitude of people in various walks of life including medicine, ministry and Fortune 500 companies.

I have two specialties.  I spend the majority of my time with the first:  practicing medium-to-long term psychodynamic psychotherapy, which relies on a supportive and respectful relationship of equals embarking on a mission to help you understand and make new choices.  Some of my patients find that psychoanalysis is the most helpful process for them, and I have graduated from the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute after six additional years of training in this specialty.

I also perform psychological testing and evaluation.  This involves the administration and interpretation of a battery of psychological tests, culminating in a written report explaining their findings.

Research Experience

Before opening her private practice, Dr. Chada has been part of four different research teams at UCLA. 

Constance Hammen, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

  • Research focusing on mood disorders in adolescents and adults, mainly addressing risk factors for recurrent unipolar depressive disorder, with a secondary interest in course and outcomes in bipolar disorder.  The key risk factors studied are stressparental depressionfamily factors, and interpersonal functioning.

Edward Geiselman, Full Professor of Psychology, UCLA

  • Research focusing on the retrieval and inhibition of memories achieved through both deliberate and unconscious processes. Dr. Geiselman is the co-author of "Memory Enhancement Techniques for Investigative Interviewing: The Cognitive Interview" and has been a hired expert for the FBI.

Dahlia Zaidel, Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, Brain Research Institute, UCLA

  • Research focusing on localization of long term semantic memory in the hemispheres, using a comparison of normal, commissurotomy (“split-brain”) and focal lesion patients.  Addressed functional localization in the human brain, conceptual organization in long term semantic memory, and hemispheric specialization. 

Bernard Weiner, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UCLA

  • Research linking attribution theory--how people make causal inferences about behaviors and events—with theories of human motivation and emotion.  Looking at how people predict or explain outcomes and its consequences on their relationships and self-concept.

Teaching Experience

Dr. Chada has taught the following undergraduate and graduate level classes:

University of California, Los Angeles

  • Social Psychology

  • Rape Workshop

  • Incest Workshop

  • Child Abuse Workshop

 Clark University

  • Psychoanalytic Interpretations of Behavior

  • Social Psychology

  • Developmental Psychology

California School of Professional Psychology

  • Research Design

  • Cognition and Emotion

  • Assessment of Intelligence

  • Introduction to Psychotherapy

  • Theories of Personality and Pathology

  • Developmental Psychology

Center for Psychoanalytic Studies

  • Key Concepts in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Continuous Clinical Case Conference

  • Psychic Reality: How to Recognize, Understand and Intervene

Some other things about me

Credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Providers

Certified expert witness for court testimony

Conducted and published research at UCLA

Center for Psychoanalytic Studies Faculty 

Member of the Texas Psychological Association Disaster Response Network 

President of the Fort Bend County Psychological Association 2010-2012, 2016