Cambria Walsh, LCSW
Shortly after receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology, Cambria Walsh worked for the YWCA in a domestic violence program. During this period she worked with a lot of social workers and was intrigued by the field. Cambria, then, applied for the MSW program at SDSU and graduated in 2000. In addition to earning her MSW, she received a Pupil Personnel Service Credential. Although, her track during grad school was clinical, Cambria’s favorite courses were the policy classes.
Cambria has worked for Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2001. After graduating from SDSU, Cambria worked in Chadwick Center’s Trauma Counseling Program from 2001-2006, where she was a therapist for abused and neglected children. In 2006, she transitioned to a different program within the agency and in 2010 was appointed Project Manager of the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC), overseeing the day to day operations of the project. The mission of the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) is to advance the effective implementation of evidence-based practices for children and families involved with the child welfare system. In this position, Cambria focuses on ways to make the research information accessible to non-researchers and to provide guidance to systems on how to select programs that will be most effective for the children and families they serve.
Cambria is a mother of twin boys ages 2 years, and on her spare time she is an active board member of the Twins Club of San Diego, which provides support and resources for current and expectant parents of twins. Cambria’s advice for social work students is to “keep an open mind about your career direction- social work is such a wonderful field with so many possibilities and opportunities for professional growth. There are so many ways that you can contribute your expertise from clinical work with individual or groups, to research, to systems change, and all of it is so important!”
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