Dr. Villarreal’s Biography

Dr. Christina Villarreal is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Dr. Villarreal was awarded her undergraduate degree in Psychology (B.A.) from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and holds a Master’s Degree (M.A.) from the University of San Francisco where she studied Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. She earned a doctorate ( Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, with specialization in Health/Behavioral Medicine. She has conducted research through the Center for HIV and AIDS Prevention (CAPS) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and has published research in the area of sexual risk behavior among Latinos.  Dr. Villarreal has completed post-graduate coursework and professional training through the College of Executive Coaching, with continuing education in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Dr. Villarreal provides executive coaching and wellness services, primarily for high achieving professionals working in Silicon Valley.  Dr. Villarreal has worked closely with employees of Google, OpenAIPixar, Apple, Facebook, Genentech, LinkedIn, Zynga, Pandora, Netflix, Twitter, Salesforce, Box, Fitbit , Uber, Pocketgems, and Parrot drones, founders from incubators like Y Combinator, AngelPad, and 500 Startups.  Dr. Villarreal has expertise in helping managers of fast scaling start-ups through the challenges of company growth stages.  She can provide organizational assessments to better understand company functioning and growth using evidence based tools like 360 Refined (360 degree feedback), and Teleometrics.

Dr. Villarreal produces digital articles, televised and print/digital/televised interviews on current issues in health/wellness, dating and tech culture.  She has been a featured in a variety of international publications and television news networks including The Wall Street Journal, Techcrunch.com, The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), ABC, CBS, .Mic, KQED San Francisco, NPRThe Oxygen Channel, TD Jakes Show, The Lifetime Channel, Scholastic Scope Magazine, OWNTopix Media Lab, and La Tercera, Chile’s national news publication.

Currently, Dr. Villarreal balances her professional time between executive health and wellness coaching, media and organizational consultation, writing and educating in higher education and the tech community of Silicon Valley, CA.