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 Health Psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, with specializations in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine, Cognitive Neuroscience and Personality Assessment. She is trained as an Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach (ACPEC) through the College of Executive Coaching, with continuing education in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Leadership Management. 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. She has taught at Bay Area universities in the areas of Psychology of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Assessment of Diverse Populations (UC Berkeley), Conflict Resolution (Hult International Business School), and Personality Assessment, Cognitive Assessment and Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine (Argosy University). She has been a featured guest speaker on the topic of working with millennials in 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 leaders from 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).
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.