Faculty & Staff bios

Yadi Fernandez-Sweeny, PsyD,

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry/ Psychiatry Clerkship Director

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

E-Mail: yfernandez-sweeny@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-469-5497



1998 Psy.D, Doctor of Psychology – Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Los Angeles, California.
1997 Master of Art Psychology Program, Doctoral Prep – Pepperdine University, Irvine, California
1990 Master of Science (Anesthesia) – UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California. Thesis: “Alpha Agonists: Guanfacine’s Effect on the Sympathetic Nervous system and Anesthetic Requirement”
1985 Bachelor of Science – California State University at Los Angeles, California

Professional Experience


2008-2013 Adult/Geriatrics/Behavior Medicine – Inpatient settings: Individual psychotherapy/family support services: Orange County Region: Fullerton Post Acute Care, Walnut Village Health Care Center, Chapman Care Center. Multisystem medical illness, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Personal and Social Adjustment, Anger Management, Cognitive Disorders, Dementia, Delirium
1997-1999 Santa Ana College Student Health Center: Individual and group psychotherapy (self-esteem, stress management, procrastination), psychological testing and crisis intervention with a diverse college population

Clinical Practice-Anesthesia (CRNA) -UCLA, VA Wadsworth. Administration of general and regional anesthesia across a wide range of surgical specialties.

Teaching Experience


2013 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Adjunct Faculty, COMP, Behavior Medicine teaching module; Co-facilitator for Clinical Small Group Assessment and Diagnosis

2008-2012 Ongoing Psychology Seminar Series – Inpatient Adult/Geriatric Health Care Staff Orange County Region: Cognitive disorders, depression, anxiety, dementia. Symptomatology, etiology, and methods of therapeutic intervention
1999- 2013

Rancho Santiago Community College District: Santa Ana College. Lead Instructor for Doctoral Psychology Interns (2000), Theory and Clinical Application: General  Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Biological Psychology, Psychopharmacology, Multicultural Considerations 

Interdisciplinary Studies Human Sexuality (2000-2012):

Biology 109L Fundamentals of Biology Laboratory (2005-06)




2009-2010;    2010-2011

Profiles in Teaching Excellence: Nominations, Santa Ana College





Clinical Excellence Award - Orange County Region – Vericare, in the areas of Knowledge,   Approachability and Professionalism





Oxford University, Oxford England, UK Women's Leadership Conference: Oxford Round Table

Paper presented: "Midlife: A Newly Defined Time in the Lives of Women." Psychological and Physiological Perspectives




  • American Psychological Association
  • Psi Chi Honor Society
  • Academic Senate 2008-2012, Rancho Santiago Community College District, Santa Ana College