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Dr. Atlis received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has an extensive background in psychological assessment, including personality assessment with the MMPI-2 and MMPI-A. Her clinical experiences in Minnesota included the Post-Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse Recovery services at the Minneapolis VA, Walk-in Crisis Counseling Center, Child Neuropsychology unit at the Mayo Clinic, and the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis.
As part of her training at the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Atlis provided individual and group psychotherapy at the Center for Cognitive Therapy (specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression) and the Emotion Management Program (specializing in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and other mindfulness-based interventions). She was a clinician at the Stimulant Treatment Outpatient Program at UCSF, the Substance Abuse Recovery Program at Oakland Kaiser and Bayside Marin residential substance abuse treatment facility in San Rafael.
Currently, as a Medicare provider, she has been offering neuropsychological assessments to the Russian-speaking elders and their families at the Jewish Home of San Francisco. Dr. Atlis has been involved in research and teaching throughout her career. One of her lines of research was aimed to evaluate the impact of culture on assessment and treatment of psychopathology. In her studies she has also been interested in generalizability issues as applied to various assessment instruments and procedures. She has been involved in MMPI-2 and MMPI-A research, including translation and validation of the Russian versions of the instrument. More recently, she expanded her interests to program evaluation research and to ways of combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies in the context of broader scholarly inquiry.