Dr. Marissa Tunis is a licensed psychologist with more than 15 years of experience working in private practice, intensive outpatient, student counseling, research clinics and community mental health. Currently in full-time private practice, Dr. Tunis treats individuals, couples and families ranging in age from teens to seniors.
Previously, as the Director of Family Services at Resolutions Teen Center – Santa Monica, Dr. Tunis provided intensive outpatient treatment as a parent coach and family therapist to teens and their families.
She served as the Director of Support and Counseling at Upright Citizen’s Brigade –New York, counseling students and performers who were struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, trauma, and interpersonal issues that present in creative communities. In this position, Dr. Tunis created and moderated panels on sexual assault, activism and social justice, and decreasing stigma in mental health.
As the Project Director at the Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE) at New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University, Dr. Tunis worked with teens and young adults who were at clinically high risk of developing psychosis. She assessed symptoms, monitored patients' functioning and provided support to caregivers.
Dr. Tunis created and delivered interactive talks on Self-Care, How to Talk about Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment, and Stigma in Mental Health. Dr. Tunis was hired by The New York Times to speak on the above topics and to facilitate support groups for their employees.
Dr. Tunis has worked in the domain of geriatric neuropsychiatric assessment as a neuropsychological tester on research studies out of University of California-Los Angeles and University of Southern California. Dr. Tunis utilized the skills she acquired as a neuropsychological tester to later complete geriatric neuropsychological assessment batteries in private practice.
During her graduate studies, Dr. Tunis was trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Wright Institute-Los Angeles and interned at the Center for Healthy Aging where she gained experience working with seniors.
Dr. Tunis received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and bachelor degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Florida. Dr. Tunis holds licenses as a Psychologist in New York (019494) and California (PSY 29669).