Elaine Agnes Finnberg, PhD

Elaine Finnberg

Title: Clinical Psychologist
Company: Private Practice, Correctional Medical Group Companies, State of California
Location: Seaside, California, United States

Elaine Agnes Finnberg, PhD, Clinical Psychologist at a Private Practice and Correctional Medical Group Companies in the State of California, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in clinical psychology.

With nearly 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Finnberg has worked as a clinical psychologist in private practice since 1984, simultaneously serving as a contracting psychologist with the California Forensic Medical Group of the Correctional Medical Group Companies, and a consulting psychologist for Child Protective services and Adult Protective Services in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. She has also consulted for the California Department of Mental Health in several departments, including Board of Prison Terms in the Sexually Violent Predator Program and the Mentally Disordered Offender Program from 1996 to 2012. Dr. Finnberg was also a member of the consulting medical staff of the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital from 1991 to 2003, a member of the consulting and courtesy staff at Mee Memorial Hospital from 1996 to 1997, and she was a consultant for the Family Studies Program of the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University Cancer Center’s Patient Care Section from 1973 to 1974.

In addition to her independent work, Dr. Finnberg has lent her expertise to a number of health care organizations. She was a member of the active medical staff with the Natividad Medical Center from 1984 to 2002 and again from 2004 to 2008, serving as chief clinical psychologist from 1984 to 1996, assistant chief of psychiatry from 1985 to 1995, secretary-treasurer of the medical staff from 1992 to 1994, vice chair of the department of medicine from 1991 to 1993, and acting chief of psychiatry from 1988 to 1989. From 1996 to 1997, she worked as a member of the active medical staff and chief of the clinical staff at the Monterey Psychiatric Center, where she was also director of training for the postdoctoral psychology residency program. Dr. Finnberg was on the advisory board for the Agnews Developmental Center from 1988 to 1996, also serving as chair from 1989 to 1991 and again from 1994 to 1995, and as vice chair from 1993 to 1994.

A leading voice in the field, Dr. Finnberg has held numerous academic positions, including as an associate clinical professor with the department of family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, from 1993 to 2014, having been an assistant clinical professor since 1985 and a research associate with the institution’s department of epidemiology and international health from 1979 to 1981. From 1983 to 1984, Dr. Finnberg was on the faculty of Chapman University, and from 1977 to 1981 she was the director of the Grief Psychology and Bereavement Counseling Program at San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. Earlier in her career, she was a teaching assistant for Alliant National University California School of Professional Psychology Psychodiagnostic Assessment from 1977 to 1978, and she was an adjunct instructor with the City University of New York Brooklyn College School of Education from 1974 to 1975. Dr. Finnberg has also been an editor of the Journal of Thanatology, Cathexis, and The California Psychologist.

Initially a mathematics major in college at Long Island University (LIU), Dr. Finnberg needed to find a job while pursuing her studies. At the time, medicine was the most accessible field for women, and she worked evenings at a nearby teaching hospital. Finding mentors there who were willing to teach her in psychology, she pursued a degree in the field, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from LIU in 1969. She then studied at The New School, completing a Master of Arts in psychology in 1973, and she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology from the Alliant International University California School of Professional Psychology in 1981.

While pursuing her postgraduate degrees, Dr. Finnberg worked as a research assistant in medical sociology with Weill Cornell Medicine at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital from 1969 to 1970. From 1971 to 1977, she was a medical indexer and medical abstractor for the Council for Tobacco Research USA, Inc., also serving as an intern with the Institute for Emotional Education, Inc., from 1975 to 1976 and with the San Francisco General Hospital Department of Outpatient Medicine from 1976 to 1977, remaining with the hospital as a co-coordinator of the Psychology Internship Program until 1978. She held an internship with the Monterey Counseling Center Mission Mental Health Team II from 1977 to 1978, joining Spectrum Psychology Associates as a registered psychological assistant from 1977 to 1979.

Dr. Finnberg is certified by the University of California, San Diego, in geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychology and the law, and by Rorschach Workshops in Rorschach Assessment of Children and Adolescents. The Prescribing Psychologists Register has certified her in psychopharmacology, anxiety and related disorders, psychological assessment review, psychotics, impulse control and related disorders, geriatric and child psychopharmacology, and overview and diagnosis of mood disorders. Certified in advanced forensic psychology by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, she is also certified in conducting comprehensive custody evaluation by the Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators, and by the West Coast Neuropsychology Conference in the Boston Process Approach to Neuropsychological Assessment and the neuropsychology of aging and dementia.

Certified in the recovered memory controversy, workers’ compensation for mental health, and substance abuse training workshop by the California Psychological Association, Dr. Finnberg is also certified in Rorschach Assessment of Personality Disorders by the California School of Professional Psychology-Alameda and in forensic assessment and courtroom testimony by the Caldwell Report and Santa Clara County Psychological Association. She also holds certification in intermediate clinical neuropsychology and clinical use of MMPI-2 with the American Psychological Association. Natividad Medical Center has certified her in psychosocial issues underlying workers’ compensation claims and probate, LPS and conservatorship, the Florida Society of Neurology has certified her in behavioral neurology and neuropsychology, the Mid-Coast Psychological Association has certified her in contemporary issues in forensic psychology, and the American Board of Professional Psychology has certified her in forensic consultation.

Throughout her career, Dr. Finnberg has been recognized for her contributions, having been named a fellow of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians, and the Prescribing Psychologists Register. Named a scholar of The New School and LIU, she was also a U.S. National Science Foundation Scholar of Brooklyn College. In addition, LIU gave her a Departmental Award in Psychology and placed her on the Dean’s List, and the LIU Brooklyn Alumni Association nominated her for the Most Outstanding Young Women in America. The recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the California Psychological Association and the Mid-Coast Psychological Association, she has been featured in numerous honors publications, including The World’s Who’s Who of Women and International Who’s Who in Medicine by the International Biographical Centre. Among the accolades she has received, Dr. Finnberg is most proud of having played a role in helping psychologists become recognized as full medical staff members rather than associates as they had been before.

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