Dr. Abueg has practiced clinical psychology for over 30 years. His career-long focus has been PTSD and relieving the suffering of his patients from traumas of all kinds–war, disaster, childhood physical or sexual abuse, crime victimization and motor vehicle accidents.
His expertise has been sought after at the local, national and international level with respect to training, consultation, speaking engagements and research. He has served as a direct responder and/or consultant in 16 national and international disasters. Examples of his service include two deployments to the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, consulting twice in the Philippines (Manila after Mount Pinatubo and in the terrorist crossfire of Davao City, Mindanao), training mental health practitioners after the Oklahoma Bombing, and research consultation to Kenyatta Hospital, Nairobi after the US Embassy Bombing in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2014, he and four other trauma experts were invited to train and to support mental health and clergy in Lviv & Kiev, Ukraine in response to the Spring Maidan Crisis and ongoing combat in Eastern Ukraine. This has led to ongoing internet-based collaborations and information exchange at both the provider level as well as at region-wide and country-wide leadership levels.
Past Positions, Teaching and Publications
In 1989, Dr. Abueg helped in the launch of the Menlo Park site of the Congressionally mandated consortium called the National Center for PTSD. He held the post of Associate Director for Research at the National Center for 10 years and maintained an independent line of grant funded research focused on the treatment of the dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance abuse. He co-founded the first inpatient unit in the nation devoted to the treatment of PTSD and alcoholism. He developed a treatment model based on relapse prevention which led to creation of over 40 outpatient dual diagnosis clinics within the VA system. He has held a number of faculty positions: clinical faculty appointment at Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and adjunct positions at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University), California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco, and the California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley/Alameda (now Alliant University). He has published over 25 journal articles, numerous book chapters and co-edited the first edition of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for PTSD with Guilford Press.
Dr. Abueg received his undergraduate degree with honors in psychology and an emphasis in computer science from Santa Clara University. He obtained a masters and doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he focused on developmental disorders treatment for children and adolescents, juvenile offenders, treatment and research on relapsing smokers with emphysema and other chronic pulmonary conditions, and a wide range of clients with various mood and anxiety disorders including PTSD. His PhD dissertation examined the psychological consequences of a community-wide disaster in downtown Binghamton in which a state office building transformer caught fire, caused massive PCB contamination, and a full -scale employee evacuation. He accepted and completed an internship/residency year at the University of Mississippi and VA Medical Center Psychology Consortium where he served on rotations specializing in combat related PTSD, inpatient and outpatient addictions treatment (including gambling and pornography addictions), and behavioral medicine (consultations to urology, cardiology and pulmonology).
License, Certifications, and Specialized Training
Dr. Abueg is licensed to practice as a psychologist in the State of California (CA Lic. PSY11960). He has received formal training in Disaster Mental Health (dual training with National Center for PTSD and American Red Cross). in Ericksonian hypnosis through Dr. Jeffrey Zeig, in sex therapy and assessment with Dr. Joseph LoPiccolo and colleagues, Level II EMDR (directly trained with Dr. Francine Shapiro, originator of the approach), and extensive annual continuing education in forensic psychology practices.
Honors and Activites of Distinction
Dr. Abueg was elected Co-Chief of his psychology internship/residency at the University of Mississippi and Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi (1985-1986). He has since been recognized numerous times for his disaster relief work by the Department of Veterans Affairs, American Red Cross and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He received 6 outstanding performance awards at the VA and an award for meritorious service for his participation in a national study of the psychophysiology of Vietnam veterans with combat-related PTSD. In 1991, he was invited to provide Congressional testimony before the Veterans Affairs Committee on the needs of ethnic minority veterans with PTSD. He has spoken to a wide range of audiences both nationally and internationally on over 120 occasions. In 2007, he served as President of the county chapter (Santa Clara County) of the California Psychological Association. He is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and received Diplomate Status in 2006 in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS). In 2012, Dr. Abueg served as a Collaborating Investigator in Routine Clinical Practice Settings for the DSM-5 by the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Abueg currently serves as an Expert Consultant to the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs andn the Board of Psychology (BOP) regarding complaints against practitioners suspected of departing from the standard of care. He provides psychological evaluations for fitness for duty for the BOP and other state professional boards, and other organizations. He has provided expert witness testimony, depositions and/or evaluations in hundreds of cases, including 14 death penalty cases in the States of California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Washington. He has been engaged at all levels of judicial proceedings at the local, district, appellate and most recently, Federal court.
Memberships and Offices Held
Dr. Abueg is an active member in good standing of the following professional associations: American Psychological Association (APA), the California Psychological Asociation (CPA), the Santa Clara County Psychological Association (SCCPA), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), the American College of Forensic Psychology (ACFP), and the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS). He served on the Board of the Santa Clara County Psychological Association for 3 years (2006-2008) and in 2007, served as Chapter President.