Dr. Acoba graduated from the Hawaii School of Professional Psychology, accredited by the American Psychological Association. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System, and is a VA certified provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD.
Clinical experience: ‘Ai Pono Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program; Family Treatment Center at Queen’s Hospital; Child and Adolescent Clinic at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Values: Dr. Acoba has a Master of Divinity, and served for 14 years in inner-city Chicago, it's suburbs, & Hawaii.
She co-founded the Khemaras Cambodian Center in Honolulu, with ongoing refugee-led humanitarian missions to rural Cambodia; and house-building for the homeless in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She was a college instructor for 16 years, emphasizing student community ownership & global awareness through local & international service projects. Current clinical work: psychotherapy for groups & individuals, diagnostic assessment, psychological testing.
Specialties/interests: PTSD, Eating Disorders, Veterans, Refugees, Intercultural & Family conflict, Grief & Loss, Spirituality, Resilience. Orientations used: systems, acceptance commitment, dialectical behavior, cognitive-behavioral, transpersonal, psychodynamic; CPT & prolonged exposure for PTSD.
Psy.D, Director of Psychology
Dr. McGrath is a 2011 graduate of the American Psychological Association accredited Marshall University School of Professional Psychology in Huntington, West Virginia, a program which emphasizes a generalist skill set and service with rural and underserved populations. He provides diagnostic assessments, neuropsychological/psychological testing, and psychotherapy for a wide range of ages and presenting problems.
Dr. McGrath approaches problems from a cognitive behavioral perspective, which emphasizes the interplay between a person’s environmental stressors, subjective perception, emotional reactions, and coping responses. He strives to ensure that clients have a chance to be heard and validated, understanding that it is easy to give advice but much harder to put it into practice and effect change in a person’s life.
Virginia is currently serving as a Psychology Service Extender where her clinical work covers diagnostic and psychological assessments.
She has worked and trained children with developmental disabilities using Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support interventions for a span of years; is certified Developmental Specialist; involved in Habilitation Intervention and other related workshops for professionals and paraprofessionals involved in inclusive early childhood settings; has worked with sizable groups of children diagnosed with social emotional disturbances; and has published and co-authored articles in peer reviewed journals especially in areas that address socially significant behaviors for young children and young teenagers.
Virginia strongly believes in improving the quality of life for children and families with developmental disabilities. Along with appreciating the gift of family, she enjoys reading, traveling, and outdoor activities.