Sandra Gonzalez, Ph.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC where she is developing a Family Medicine residency program that addresses the needs of the diverse communities of East Los Angeles.
Prior to USC, she served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the Charles R. Drew University, College of Medicine where she led the effort to restore graduate medical education at the CDU COM which included obtaining ACGME accreditation as a Sponsoring Institution. After the new Psychiatry and Family Medicine residency programs received accreditation, they opened with their first classes of new residents in July, 2018.
Before that she served as the Director of Physician Education at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, overseeing 20 residencies and fellowships (GME), Continuing Medical Education (CME), medical student clerkships and research. Prior to KP, she was a faculty member in Department of Family Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center as the Director of Behavioral Medicine Education. She was a Doctoring tutor at UCLA for eight years.
She received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute. Her teaching and research interests have focused on the psychosocial aspects of health and illness and on training medical students and resident physicians for careers of excellence in the healthcare of diverse, under-resourced patient populations.