“to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
~ e.e. cummings
Hi, I’m Julie Caplan (also known as Dr. Caplan or “Mommmmmm!”). I am a licensed clinical psychologist who was born and raised in Los Angeles. I attended both public and private schools over the course of my childhood, which gives me unique insight into how to both survive and thrive within the complicated educational systems found in the City of Angels. I split my time between assessing children, tweens, adolescents, and emerging adults at LACIA and being a mom to the best kiddo in the world. I like to think that parenting a neurodivergent child informs my clinical practice in multiple ways. First, the practical: knowing the ins and outs of 504 Plans, IEPs, and formal school accommodations, implementing an infinite metaphorical (and literal) coping skills toolbox, and having a deeper understanding of the “why” behind external behaviors and internal processes. Then, the personal: the fear that can arise when your child is suffering, the helplessness of not knowing what is wrong or what to do about it, and the joy that follows once you have answers and a solid game plan. Seeing your child happy, healthy, and successful is such a fulfilling reward, and that is what I want to bring to your family’s LACIA experience, and beyond.
Prior to entering the world of psychology, I was absolutely convinced I would be an advertising executive (age 12), a homicide detective (age 15), a poet (age 18), an artist (age 21), a teacher (age 25), and a behaviorist for neurodiverse children (age 28). It was quite a journey, but I finally found my calling in clinical forensic psychology. I emerged from my first Intro to Psychology class with lyrics by my favorite band, Poi Dog Pondering, playing on repeat in my head, “I’m standing exactly where I’m supposed to be.” And every day since, this rings true. My graduate schooling at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provided me with exceptional training in multiple areas of both clinical and forensic psychology, and I enjoyed every minute of it (except maybe Advanced Statistics).
Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Studio Art from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Post-grad Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles
Doctor of Clinical Forensic Psychology (Psy.D.) at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology