Elizabeth Santa Ana, Ph.D. has joined Comprehensive Psychiatric Care Specialists and is now accepting referrals. Dr. Santa Ana is a licensed clinical psychologist whose clinical expertise involves providing cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, mindfulness/acceptance, and solution-focused evidence-based therapies. In addition to psychotherapeutic strategies, she emphasizes holistic approaches involving nutrition, exercise and proactive engagement in meaningful activities. Dr. Santa Ana completed her undergraduate coursework with honors from Binghamton University. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina Charleston Consortium Internship Program, and her postdoctoral fellowship in Advanced Psychiatry and Psychology through the Mental Illness Research Education Clinical Center (MIRECC) at Yale University School of Medicine and West Haven VA Medical Center.
She is an Associate Professor in the Addiction Sciences Division, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina and an investigator in the Health Equities Research Innovation Center (HEROIC), Center of Innovation, at the Charleston VA Medical Center. She delivers talks and training workshops in motivational interviewing and addictive disorders, mentors clinical trainees in the MUSC Charleston Consortium Internship Program, and provides training to psychiatry residents (PGY-2’s) in motivational interviewing for addictive disorders.