Media and Public Relations

The Santa Barbara County Psychological Association is available to educate the public regarding issues pertaining to psychology, mental health and our local community. Member psychologists can be reached for comment on specific topics such as stress, anxiety, depression, community crises, and related topics. Media inquiries to SBCPA can be directed to our Media and Public Relations Committee Chair, Dr. Betsy Bates Freed at 805-979-3440, or by email to


Please note: The opinions obtained from the individual psychologist do not necessarily represent the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association as a whole.

The American Psychological Association also provides information to the media on a broad range of topics and current events.

Please visit APA for additional information.


List of SBCPA Therapists Offering Free or Reduced Grief Counseling Following the Recent Teen Deaths in Santa Barbara 3/20/17

SBCPA Commends Response Network for Supporting Survivors After Loss of Teens to Tragedy (March 14, 2017)

Dr. Laura L. Ciel Assumes Leadership of Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (March 10, 2017)


Statement and Resources in response to the Goleta Family Murders (August 13, 2014)

Information, Resources, and Press Release to the community regarding the Isla Vista Shootings (May of 2014)

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