Dr. Rachael Cresci is the new full-time, tenure track instructor for the Human Services Program.
"Dr. Cresci has always been passionate about education," said Howard Willis, Dean of Counseling Services and Student Success.
She earned her Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University in 2013. She completed internships and worked in several community clinics throughout the Bay Area, assisting in the implementation of integrated behavioral health.
That same year she started working for San Jose State University College of Social Work, serving as an academic advisor and field consultant for both the bachelor and master's level students. She has taught multiple courses and has assisted in launching the on-line MSW program. During this time, Dr. Cresci also worked for Ryokan College, an on-line program. She has taught a variety of courses in the master's, MFT, and PsyD programs, serving as an advisor for doctoral students. In 2016 she was promoted to Dean of Academic programs at Ryokan.
In addition to her teaching experience, she has assisted in the training of doctoral psychology residents, psychology fellows, and social work interns at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. She provides supervision and licensure hours for associate social workers in various community settings and continues to provide numerous trainings throughout the community in a variety of topics.
She was awarded her Bachelor of Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. She attended San Jose State University where she earned her Master of Social Work in 1995. She was a Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend recipient and started her career in child welfare in Napa County. Over the last 18 years, Dr. Cresci has worked in various medical settings, including UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Marin County General Hospital, and Axis Community Clinics.
In 2001, Dr. Cresci participated in the development and implementation of the Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT), the designated port for emergency psychiatric services for Alameda County at Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland. She created a certification program for emergency psychiatric assessment for the San Francisco Child Crisis Team. Dr. Cresci achieved her master's level certification in crisis intervention and has provided consultation on the management of assaultive behaviors for several hospitals in Northern California.
During this time, she also provided direct consultation and training for various police jurisdictions through the Crisis Intervention Training, a 40-hour program designed to train police officers to recognize, appropriate, and assist individuals with mental illness.
In 2005 she became a full-time faculty member at the California State University East Bay Social Work Department as a field director and helped launch the hybrid MSW program.
Dr. Cresci lives in Richmond. She has been married for 27 years, has a daughter and loves to cook, travel, and enjoy classic movies.
Her email is: Rachael.Cresci@napavalley.edu . Her office is Room 873.