Dr. Villarreal earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, a Master’s Degree from the University of San Francisco in Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, with a specialization in Behavioral Health. She has conducted research through the Center for HIV and AIDS Prevention (CAPS) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), with scientific publications in the areas of sexual risk behavior as it relates to gender and cultural constructs. Dr. Villarreal has completed professional training through the College of Executive Coaching, with continuing education in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Leadership Management. She has taught at Bay Area universities in the areas of Personality Theory and Abnormal Psychology (UC Berkeley), Conflict Resolution (Hult International Business School), and Personality Cognitive Assessment and Behavioral Medicine (Argosy University). She has been a featured guest speaker on the topic of working with millennials for members of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).
Dr. Villarreal currently provides executive leadership coaching for high achieving professionals and fast-scaling organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley, CA. Dr. Villarreal has coached employees of Google, OpenAI, Pixar, Apple, Facebook, Genentech, LinkedIn, Zynga, Pandora, Netflix, Twitter, Salesforce, Box, Fitbit , Uber, Pocketgems, and Parrot drones, 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 leadership, functioning and growth using evidence based tools like 360 Refined (360 degree feedback), and Teleometrics.
Dr. Villarreal’s past work has been 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, NPR, The Oxygen Channel, TD Jakes Show, The Lifetime Channel, Scholastic Scope Magazine, OWN, Topix Media Lab, and La Tercera, Chile’s national news publication.
Currently, Dr. Villarreal balances her professional time between executive leadership coaching, health/wellness education, industrial/organizational consultation in the tech community of San Francisco/Silicon Valley, CA.