Dr. Carla Elia

Adults, Adolescents and Couples Psychotherapy

About Dr. Elia


Education and License

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University (APA Accredited)

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University (APA Accredited) 

B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Licensed Psychologist in California since 2003​ (PSY 19268)

Work Experience

UCLA Center For Community Health 
Clinical Supervisor, Training Coordinator, and Intervention Coordinator 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Consultant for Evidenced-Based Interventions 

South Florida Behavioral Health Network

Trainer for an Evidence-Based Intervention

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Trainer for an Evidence-Based Intervention

University of Texas Southwestern - Capacity Building Assistance Programs

Consultant for Evidence-Based Interventions 

American Psychological Association (APA)

Senior Trainer

The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center

Clinical Supervisor

AIDS Project Los Angeles 
Consultant for Evidence-Based Interventions

California Graduate Institute
Adjunct Faculty  

UCLA Substance Abuse Integrated Programs

Intervention Facilitator

Clinical Training

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles - USC Keck School of Medicine 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Internship (APA Accredited)

Glen Roberts Child Study Center 

Pre-Doctoral Internship 

Tarzana Treatment Center

UCLA Office of Students with Disabilities
Psycho-Education Assessment Clerkship

Approach to Therapy

Dr. Elia’s approach to therapy varies depending on the unique needs of each client. She believes in working collaboratively with you to identify areas of concerns and goals for therapy. She primarily applies Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which are both scientifically-based, focusing on the present, creating awareness and insight and developing effective coping skills. In addition, she also integrates mindfulness techniques and looking at the impact of early childhood and family attachments and overall life experiences on your current functioning. While she emphasizes active listening, her approach is highly interactive where you are often provided with feedback and recommendations.


Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Rice, E., Comulada, w. S., Best, K., Elia, C., Peters, K., Li, L., Green, S., Valladares, E. (2012). Intervention Outcomes Among HIV-Affected Families Over 18 Months. Aids and Behavior. Volume 16 (1265-1275).

Sharpe, T.T. , Rammohan, V., & Elia, C. (2009). HIV and STD Risk among Racial and Ethnic Minority Youth and UCLA’s Suite of Effective Behavioral Interventions. The Journal of Equity in Health, Volume 2 (1).

Lester, P., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Elia, C., Elkavich, A., &  Rice, E. (2007). TALK: Teens and Adults Learning to Communicate. Book chapter. Handbook of Evidence-Based Treatment Manuals for Children and Adolescents.

Rice, E., Elia, C., Galvan, F., Kanouse, D., & Bing, E. Social Ties and HIV Testing Behaviors: A Call for Social Network Research. In preparation.

Elia, C. (2002) The Relationship between Depression, Family Conflict, Perceived Social Support, and Acculturation among Ethnic Minority Youth. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. 


Managing Resistance. AIDS Project Los Angeles. 

Empowering Children Impacted by Maternal Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and HIV. Teleconference series. National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, University of California, Berkley, CA. 

Surviving Dating in LA. Private practice workshop.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mood Disorders. California Graduate Institute. 

Treatment of Maternal Depression: The Impact on Children. American Psychological Association Conference.

Dating Etiquette 101. Private practice workshop.

Do's and Don'ts of Online Dating. Private practice workshop.

A Pilot Intervention Model for Depression among Mothers on Welfare. American Psychological Association Conference.

The Impact of Family Conflict and Divorce on Children. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Mental Health Services.

Families Working Together:  An Attachment-based Model of Child Treatment. American Psychological Association Conference.

Children and Depression. County of Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services Foster Parent Training.  

Psychosocial Implications of Living with HIV/AIDS. Pepperdine University. 

Clinical Supervision. AIDS Project Los Angeles. 

Children and ADHD. County of Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services Foster Parent Training.  

Families Working Together: Involving the Family in Child Mental Health Treatment. American Public Health Association Conference. 

Living with HIV/AIDS: Implications for Mental Health Treatment. Health Psychology Special Interest Group at LA County Psychological Association.

Using Short-Term Evidence-Based Counseling Intervention Tools for people Living with or at High Risk for HIV. American Psychological Association. 

Clinical Supervision. AIDS Project Los Angeles.

HIV-Infected Mothers and Children: The Need for Family-Centered Interventions. National American Psychological Association Conference. 

Evaluation of a School-Based Mental Health Program. American Psychological Association Conference.

From Welfare to Work: Maintaining Long-Term Self-Sufficiency. American Psychological Association Conference.

Developing Educational Groups for Children and Parents Living with HIV/AIDS. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Division of Pediatrics. 

The Relationship Between Depression, Family Conflict, Perceived Family Support, and Acculturation among Adolescents. Annual Research Conference at Alliant International University.