About Dr. Christina Stai

“I have always loved working with children.”

Christina Stai
Christina Stai

Christina Stai, Psy.D.,

Licensed Psychologist, Health Service Provider

Dr. Skai’s Training in Psychology

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in both California and Iowa. I have received several years of clinical training.  Specifically, I received my doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from Azusa Pacific University, an APA accredited school near Los Angeles. I also completed an APA accredited internship and APPIC accredited postdoctoral fellowship at a residential emergency shelter with abused and neglected foster youth.

I had a lot of work experience before becoming a psychologist.

As a part of my graduate work,  I worked in a position where I completed psychological testing for children and teens on the autism spectrum.  Also, I worked in an inpatient hospitalization setting with adolescents diagnosed with an eating disorder.  In addition, I provided therapy in an elementary school.  Prior to my graduate training, I worked with youth struggling with sexual acting out behaviors.  Finally, I worked for 6 years with my local regional center as a child development specialist for infants and young children with significant developmental delays.

Dr. Stai’s Areas of Specialty

Dr. Stai’s Areas of Interest and Specialization

I have had specialized training with foster and adopted youth.  Many of these children were exposed to severe physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse, as well as neglect.  I have been trained to work with those struggling with trauma.  Also, I enjoy working with children with eating disorders, depression, suicidal behaviors, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders.  In addition, I work with youth with minor to moderate substance abuse.

I enjoy working with children and adolescents of all ages.   However, I have particular interest in working with those in early and middle childhood. I use attachment therapy, play therapy, trauma focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy in the work that I do.

I believe that all children are a product of the systems to which they are exposed.  As such, I welcome collateral work with parents, teachers, doctors, dietitians, psychiatrists, and other specialists with whom the youth is involved.  I greatly respect and value the work of other people’s experiences in learning more about a particular child.

Dr. Stai’s Media Services

Dr. Stai writes regularly for the Hope Springs’ Well-Being Blog, and has provided interviews to The Little Hawk, the City High School Newspaper. Dr Stai is a strong believer in the importance of community and providing outreach services to families in the Iowa City, Coralville, and Eastern Iowa areas.

What is a Psy.D.?

A Psy.D. is a doctorate of psychology. While it requires the same level of education and training as a Ph.D. (a doctorate of philosophy), it is different from a Ph.D. in that the training is more clinically specialized and promotes a strong focus on becoming a clinical practitioner (aka therapist), whereas Ph.D. programs tend to place additional emphasis on academic training to become a researcher or professor.

We are so privileged to have such a talented Child Psychologist in the Iowa City and Coralville area.   We are so grateful to have Dr. Stai on staff.

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