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Meet Noodle Expert Victoria Stevens, Ph.D.

Noodle Expert Victoria Stevens discusses what led her to pursue a career helping at-risk youths and other trauma victims, how and what she continues to learn from Viktor Frankl, and how she maintains mindfulness amidst chaos.

The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.

~G.K. Chesterton

In the News


Bureaucrats call it "emancipation," but for foster kids there’s no worse birthday


Published in the LA WEEKLY January 10, 2008

Victoria Stevens, a Los Angeles psychologist who has studied the effects of the foster-care system on younger children, explains that if a child is in a stable environment, his or her brain development is affected accordingly. In a stable setting, connections between the neurons in the brain grow at a healthy pace, allowing for higher-level mental processes — like learning abstract mathematical or scientific concepts.

"In cases of disrupted and insecure attachment, the lower brain processes become dominant and higher-order cognitive skills and social skills can become impaired," Stevens says. Many foster-care kids have trouble reading, and struggle with other basic skills, because their "attention span is hijacked by emotions."


Published in the LA WEEKLY
July 16, 2008

Victoria Stevens, a Los Angeles psychologist who has worked extensively with foster youth, agrees in principal, saying, the "race of parents, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education of the parents, single parents, et cetera, is of little or no consequence." The key is "the capacity of the caregiver to pay attention to the separate existence of the child and respond contingently with care, delight, love, respect, play, predictability and consistency."


One day professional development for all teachers: Music, Creativity, Empathy and Emotional Intelligence. Pedagogy, curriculum and assessment for fully integrated music into all subjects throughout the year.

Young Musicians Foundation, St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary and Middle School, Los Angeles, CA


One day training for teaching artists: The Arts, Emotional Intelligence, and Creativity – Developmental Considerations for Pedagogy and Curriculum with Adolescent Students

California Institute of the Arts, CAP Teaching Artist Program, Los Angeles, CA

March 6-8, 2015

2015 Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference, “Play, Creativity, Mindfulness & Neuroscience in Psychotherapy: How Neuroscience Informs Clinical Treatment”

UCLA - Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom

Coordinators Marion Solomon and Bonnie Goldstein

Learn innovative methods for integrating humor, play, creativity, and positive psychology into the therapeutic process.

With Daniel Siegel, Alanis Morissette, Zoie Galvez, Betsy Crouch, Stuart Brown, Theresa Kestly, Phyllis Booth, Louis Cozolino, Allan Schore, Steve Gross, Paula Thomson, Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Jaak Panksepp, Terry Marks-Tarlow, Sharon Salzberg, Barbara Frederickson, Ed Tronick, Bryan Pezzone, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Victoria Stevens.

CE: 19.5 Hours of CE Credit. (310) 825-7093. Web:

VIDEO - April 2010: Region V Visual & Performing Arts CCESSA Sponsored Forum with Dr. Victoria Stevens: How Arts Education Can Support Student Achievement in Our Region.

Host: Media Center for Art, Education and Technology Location: Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center, Santa Cruz, CA

READ ALL ABOUT IT! – Victoria Stevens, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and educator, instructs teachers of King City Arts Charter School on the importance of incorporating arts into everyday classroom lessons.


March 17, 2008

Art on the Brain
A presentation of Arts in the Schools

The following are links to QuickTime videos. Click here to download for free, the latest version of QuickTime Player.

Art on the Brain Part 1 of 2 (13:53)

Art on the Brain Part 2 of 2 (14:50)

In March of 2008, Dr. Stevens presented a talk for arts organizations, teachers, parents, and business leaders about the importance of arts education for all children sponsored  by the Forest Theatre Guild, Carmel-By-The-Sea in Carmel, CA. This was a prelude to her talk the next day for the Region 5 Arts Education Forum sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education entitled: "Open the Doors to Arts Education". The topic of her Keynote Address was "Creativity, Empathy, Imagination and Metacognition: What Affective Neurobiology Tells Us about the Importance of Arts Education for All Children."

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