Director Of Family Services
Dr. Marissa Tunis is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked for more than 15 years in student counseling, research clinics, community mental health programs, and private practice. Her areas of specialty include: family conflicts, trauma, addiction recovery and co-occurring disorders, work-partner issues, grief and loss, separation and divorce, and transitioning into parenthood. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles, earned bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Psychology from the University of Florida, and holds psychology licenses in both California (PSY29669) and New York (019494). Dr. Tunis was also trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Wright Institute-Los Angeles, and adeptly employs a variety of treatment of modalities in her work with clients, including: Interpersonal Counseling, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
Prior to joining Resolutions Teen Center, Dr. Tunis served as the Director of Support and Counseling at "The Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center" in New York City. In this position, she counseled students and performers who were struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, substance use, trauma related to sexual assault and harassment, and interpersonal issues that present in creative communities. She also served as the Project Director at the "Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE)" at New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University, where she worked with adolescents and young adults who were at clinically high risk of developing psychosis.
Dr. Tunis has developed interactive talks on "Self-Care," "Work-Home Balance for New Parents," "How to Talk about Sexual Abuse," and "Stigma in Mental Health" that she delivers to companies and organizations. She was hired by "The New York Times" as a grief counselor to run bereavement and caregiving support groups for their employees, and also creates and facilitates interactive and dynamic therapeutic support groups within organizations.