About Brenda


Brenda Murrow, Ph.D. is a Clinical Fellow at the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, where she is responsible for the treatment of children and adolescents, as a pre-licensed registered psychologist.

She is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Clinical Psychology program in Carpinteria, CA.  She also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado. 

Throughout her clinical psychology training, Brenda has developed skills in the assessment and treatment of children who have experienced abuse and domestic violence, as well as families who experienced postpartum depression and other early attachment difficulties.

Brenda has particular emphasis and training in the areas of attachment and bonding, including observation and assessment of infant-parent dyads and clients in animal-assisted therapy interventions.

Prior to this, Brenda spent thirteen years in the Information Technology industry as a senior manager, enjoying a wide variety of work from statistical forecasting, to managing senior engineers, to corporate communications.


“A Quantitative exploration into the effects of the human and animal connection” (Doctoral Dissertation).  Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.  2013.

“Kids need uninterrupted play” in The Ojai Valley News.  February 22, 2012. p. A7.

“Dogs as healers: CALM’s new pet therapy pilot program focuses on abused children” in Santa Barbara News-Press.  November 8, 2011. p. D3 (note: Brenda is the interviewee in this article authored by Marilyn McMahon, Santa Barbara New-Press Staff Writer).

“Developing Beyond a Narcissistic Relationship With Animals" in Spring - A Journal of Archetype & Culture, Issue #83 - Minding the Animal Psyche.  Spring 2010.  pp. 279-296.