About Ashleigh Golden, PsyD
Mental health tech leader, employee wellness expert, & licensed clinical psychologist

My background

I'm a Stanford-trained clinical psychologist fostering mental health in vivo and virtually. I combine my background in journalism and Classics with my expertise in empirically sound psychological interventions to craft meaningful, effective behavioral health content and programs.

My clinical passion lies in the evidence-based treatment of obsessive-compulsive and anxiety-related disorders. I completed a two-year specialty postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Alec Pollard, PhD at the Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute's Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD), where I acquired a subspecialty in using cognitive-behavioral treatments to work with patients with OCD and anxiety disorders struggling with treatment ambivalence and resistance. I went on to supervise and manage intensive and partial hospital programs for OCD and anxiety disorders across the country, including COARD in St. Louis, the Anxiety Treatment Center in Sacramento, and the Gateway Institute and Rogers Behavioral Health in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I have a passion for helping other clinicians develop solid case formulations and treatment plans for tough cases, as well as helping them problem-solve 'stuck' points in treatment. I frequently provide case consultation to clinicians in private practice.

Having served as staff psychologist at the Facebook Wellness Center and as Program Manager of Google's Employee Assistance Program (EAP), I'm experienced in applying evidence-based psychological principles and practices to workplace well-being. I enjoy consulting with tech leaders to create cultures in which mental health support is structurally woven into the DNA of the organization.

I have held various roles in mental health tech (Kick, AeBeZe Labs, HackMentalHealth), most recently serving as Policy Enforcement Manager for Suicide & Self-Harm at Google and as Director of Therapy at Brightside.

In my current role as Clinical Director of Behavioral Health at Lark, a mobile app for chronic disease management, I leverage behavioral design principles and proven psychological frameworks to innovate and optimize virtual behavioral health products. I apply my clinical specialty in working with ambivalent and resistant patients to drive engagement in and adherence to evidence-based digital behavioral health programs.

I love applying my clinical experience, compassion, and broad knowledge of empirically-supported behavior change models to collaborate with teams and leaders to build effective, engaging digital behavioral health tools.

I am a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a registered Health Service Psychologist, and a graduate of the International OCD Foundation's Behavior Therapy Training Institute. I am licensed in California and Missouri. I hold certificates from the Telebehavioral Health Institute and from Irrational Labs in Behavioral Health Design.

I believe in actively giving back to my community, and currently act as Community Director for Therapists in Tech. In my spare time, I enjoy lindy hop and salsa rueda, writing short stories, and teaching coping skills on TikTok through my shih tzu Cosette (@shihtzuskills.)

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