Elena M. Lopez, Psy.D. is the Chief of Resident Treatment at the Special Commitment Center (SCC) on McNeil Island for Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She is a licensed psychologist and has worked with individuals committed as sexually violent predators for the last 7 years, with 6 of those years in Washington and 1 year in her Internship with Larned State Hospital’s Sexual Predator Treatment Program (SPTP). Prior to her work with the SCC, Dr. Lopez completed training in California with the County of San Diego’s Adult and Juvenile Forensic Services Department and Alvarado Parkway Institute. Her work included providing treatment to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC), predominantly girls, detained at the Girl’s Rehabilitation Facility (GRF), and addressing the impacts of gang affiliation, family systems, and sexual victimization. Additionally, she has had training and experience treating and evaluating adults and children within inpatient and outpatient settings for various psychological issues. Prior to her work in psychology, Dr. Lopez worked at the Fred Finch Youth Center Residential Rehabilitation Program as an Instructional Aide and was a substitute teacher for Special Education in the State of California.
Within her current role as Chief of Resident Treatment at SCC, Dr. Lopez assists with the clinical rotation of Western State Hospital’s APA accredited internship program, and has been working to develop a formalized research program within her department.