Joel Crohn, Ph.D.

Navigating Life Changes

“Throughout my career I have found myself working with people in transition. The kinds of issues my clients bring to my office inevitably have to do with change: preparation for marriage, dealing with the birth of a child, parenting struggles with children who have mysteriously transformed into adolescents, divorce, illness, or the death of loved ones. Each of these situations calls for adaptability and creativity in dealing with new and difficult emotional terrain.”

Uniting Cultures and Faiths

“I see my job as helping individuals, couples and families access their strengths to meet these developmental crises. I’ve written two books on couples, one on intercultural and interfaith couples and families and the other on Jewish marriage. I have also consulted with private schools interested in creating parenting communities and taught on the faculty of a family medicine residency program.”

Licensure and Certification
Education and Training
Professional Experience
Leadership and Activities
Publications and Presentations

Couples and family therapy
Interfaith counseling
Intermarriage counseling
Cross cultural issues
Medical issues affecting marriage and family

Licensure and Certification

Psychologist (California License PSY 5735)

TMS Intensive Training Course, 2015

Medical University of South Carolina

Education and Training

The Wright Institute
Berkeley, CA

University of California, Berkeley, CA
Social-Clinical Psychology
B.A., Psychology

Professional Experience

2008-Present Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine. Department of Family Medicine. Los Angeles, CA

2006-2013 Behavioral Faculty, Northridge Family Medicine Residency Program. Northridge, CA.

2006-Present Director of Psychological Services, Calabasas Behavioral Health. Calabasas, CA,

1998-2000 Director of Training, Rape Crisis Center of Contra Costa and Marin Counties. San Pablo, CA

1996-2006 Faculty, Institute of Imaginal Studies. Topic area: Integration of theoretical schools of family therapy. Petaluma, CA

1995-1998 Adjunct faculty. California School of Professional Psychology. Topic areas: Intercultural communication in relationships and organizations. Alameda, CA.

1990-1992 Consultant to Redwood House in Novato, a project of Braun Treatment Programs. The program residential treatment of disturbed adolescents and young adults.

1986-1992 Senior Clinical supervisor, Xanthos, Inc. Alameda, CA. Supervision of staff, interns, and doctoral students.

1982-1984 Lecturer, California Graduate School of Marital and Family Therapy, San Rafael, CA. Taught social and cross-cultural psychology with an emphasis on ethnicity and ethnic factors in family therapy.

Leadership and Activities

Clinical TMS Society
Clinical Standards Committee Member

Marin County Psychological Association
Past President

Publications and Presentations


Crohn, J. “The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have.” California Psychologist. The California Psychological Association. Sacramento, CA. Jan.-Feb. 2006.

Crohn, J., Markman, H., Blumberg, S., & Levine, J. Fighting for Your Jewish Marriage: Preserving a Lasting Promise. Jossey-Bass/Wiley, San Francisco, 2000. (paperback edition published in 2001 as Beyond the Chuppah: A Jewish Guide to Happy Marriages.)

Crohn, J. “Intercultural Couples” in Revisioning Family Therapy: Race
Culture and Gender in Clinical Practice
(ed.) Monica McGoldrick. Guilford Press, N.Y. 1998

Crohn, J. “Asian Intermarriage: Love versus Tradition” in Working
With Asian Americans: A Guide for Clinicians.
(ed.) Evelyn Lee. Guilford Press, N.Y., 1998.

Crohn, J. “Interracial, Interethnic, and Interfaith Relationships.”
in Working With Couples. (ed.) Hilda Kessler & Irvin Yalom.
Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA. 1996.

Crohn, J. Mixed Matches: How to Create Successful Interracial, Interethnic,
and Interfaith Relationships. Fawcett/Ballantine/Random House,
N.Y. 1995.

Crohn, J. & Fife, Linda “Integrating Content and Process in Programs of
Outreach to the Intermarried.” in The Imperatives of Jewish
Outreach. (ed.) Egon Mayer. City University of New York. 1991.

Crohn, J. “Workshops for Interfaith Couples.” Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Kendall Park, N.J., Spring 1990.

Crohn, J. Ethnic Identity and Marital Conflict: Jews, Italians, & WASPs. (Monograph), 1986, American Jewish Committee, N.Y., N.Y.

Crohn, J. The Myth of the Melting Pot Marriage: Ethnotherapy with Jewish-Gentile Couples. (Videotape documentary). American Jewish Committee. N.Y., N.Y., 1986.


2014 Multidisciplinary treatment of depression using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Los Angeles County Psychological Association (with Sarah Randall, Psy.D.). Los Angeles, CA

2011 Food for Thought (A Collaborative Project with LAUSD on juvenile obesity). Igor Sapozhinov, MD, Sheryl Thouin, MPH, RD. UCLA 27th Multi-Campus Research Forum. Los Angeles (Faculty Advisor: Joel Crohn, Ph.D.)

2011 Subchorionic Hemorrhage: Using a Personal Medical Crisis and the Power of Social Media to Better Understand Patient Experience in Obstetric Crises. Arlet Shamalian, D.O. UCLA 27th Multi-Campus Research Forum. Los Angeles (Faculty Advisor: Joel Crohn, Ph.D.)

2010 Mixed Matches: How to Create Successful Intercultural Relationships (with Farzana Nayani, M.A.). Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA.

2009 Mixed Matches: Interracial, Interethnic, and Interfaith Couples Therapy. Los Angeles County Psychological Association Convention Workshop. Los Angeles, CA.

2009 Women with Broken Hearts: The Adult Legacy of Abuse. Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Grand Rounds (with Sharon Okonkwo-Holmes, M.D.). Northridge, CA

2009 Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science: Using HIV/AIDS Patients’ Personal Narratives to Enhance Physician Awareness and Medical Care. Kevin Liao, D.O. UCLA 25th Multi-Campus Research Forum. Los Angeles (Faculty Advisor: Joel Crohn, Ph.D.)

2008 Living With Forgetting: Oral Histories with Alzheimer’s Patients. UCLA Family Medicine Multi-Campus Research Day. (With Cindy Yang, M.D.), Northridge, CA

2007 Resident Burnout: Multisite Collaborative Interventions. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine. Chicago, IL.

2007 Time Management in Family Practice: An Issue of Balancing Competing Values. Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Faculty Development Conference, UCLA Medical School, Los Angeles, CA.

2006 Fighting For Your Marriage—The PREP Program (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement) – Training the Trainers in diverse communities. Federally Funded “Healthy Marriage Initiative” training of community leaders in the PREP approach, developed at the University of Denver by Howard Markman, Scott Stanley, and Susan Blumberg. Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. NY, NY.

2005 Transforming Parenting, Transforming Communities: The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have. (Faculty and Organizer of Conference Bringing mental health professionals, clergy, & educators, and parents together to create “parenting communities.” Belvedere, CA.

2005 Successful Relationships. Young Presidents Organization.
Phoenix, AZ.

2000-2006 Marriage Education in Community Settings. Annual Smartmarriages Conferences (Washington, D.C., Orlando, Denver, Reno, Dallas)

2004 How Families, Schools, and Communities Can Raise Ethical Children. Keynote for the combined Marin County Psychological Association, Northern California Psychiatric Association, and Marin Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Annual Mental Health meeting.

2002 Relationship Education with Prison Populations. (keynote for annual meeting of all California prison chaplains). Associated Chaplains in California State Service. Concord, CA

2000 Fighting for Your Marriage (keynote) Building Jewish Bridges. Lehrhaus Judaica. Berkeley, CA.

1997 Mixed Matches: Working With Cross-Cultural Couples, Families, and Organizations. Esalen Institute. Big Sur, CA.
1997 Dealing with the Challenge of Interfaith and Interracial Relationships. Jewish Family and Children’s Services. New Orleans
1996 Working with Cross-Cultural Couples and Families Kaiser Permanente: Department of Psychiatry. Redwood City, CA.
1995 Intermarriage and a Changing American Society. Leadership Washington and Women of Washington. Washington, D.C.
1995 Cultural Competence in Behavioral Healthcare. (with Evelyn Lee). California School of Professional Psychology.
Los Angeles, CA.
1994 Working with Cross-Cultural Couples. First Hospital of Vallejo. Visiting Lecturer. Vallejo,CA.
1991 Couples Therapy. Napa State Hospital: Child Psychiatry Residency Program. Napa, CA.
1990 Cultural Issues in Marital and Family Relationships. San Francisco General Hospital, Grand Rounds. Department of Psychiatry. San Francisco, CA.
1988 Dealing with Diversity [Workshop faculty]. Human Rights Resource Center. San Rafael, CA
1986 Cross-Cultural Communication Skills for Human Service Personnel. University of California Extension. San Francisco, CA.