Dr. Kimberly Wagner is a licensed clinical psychologist and sports psychologist here in San Diego, California. She completed her undergraduate education at Binghamton University in New York. Dr. Wagner received a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Allian International University, California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego.
While graduating from college, Dr. Wagner focuses on clinical psychology as well as specializing in sports psychology. With experience as a racing athlete and passion for psychology, her doctoral research focuses on sports psychology. She has specifically studied the mental skills and attributes that increase performance in Major League Baseball players.
During her research, she conducted extensive interviews with Major League Baseball players, discussing what mental skills and characteristics they use to improve their performance and what gives them competitive advantage at an elite level of competition. Dr. Wagner collaborates with Dr. Stephen Bucky in his research, which has worked with chargers in San Diego and the San Diego Padres. She has presented her research at numerous international and national conferences. Most recently, Dr. Wagner introduced himself at the American Psychological Association's (APA) Annual Conference in 2013 with Dr. Stephen Bucky, entitled "Outstanding Components of Successful Professional Athletes." Dr. Wagner has experience working with high school athletes and collegiate levels of improving the mental component of their game as a way to facilitate peak performance.
Throughout her career, Dr. Wagner has worked in a variety of clinical settings, with a wide variety of clients. She has worked in an inpatient crisis center as well as in several outpatient counseling centers providing short and long term psychotherapy. Most recently, she has been working in private practice. Other areas of expertise include working with adolescents and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, family and relationship problems, couples counseling, and difficult life transitions. Dr. Wagner works with individuals on an individual basis, in couples and in families. It mainly uses psychodynamic therapy as well as approaches to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Dr. Wagner was also employed as a psychologist at the University of California, San Diego, in the Counseling and Psychological Services department. She is also a Fellow of the Adjunct Faculty at the National University of San Diego. He teaches in the Master's Program in Sport and Performance in Psychology. Finally, Dr. Wagner co-chairs the San Diego Sports Psychology Committee (SDPA).
Her professional backgrounds include the American Psychological Association (APA), the San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA), and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).