In an article written by Wall Street Journal‘s tech writer Nick Clayton for BBC.com/capital ‘Facing Reality: Are You a Gadget Hoarder?‘ Dr. Villarreal was quoted “I would say there would be a red flag if a person’s family or housemates had made multiple complaints about the way somebody’s electronics were encroaching on their living space, or if they’ve lost track or can’t remember what they own.” published July 15, 2014
Dr. Villarreal served as a writer for TechCrunch.com, publishing an article for their #Love column, which focuses on digital matters of the heart and explores our relationships, their relationship with technology, and all the gory details that come with it. Her article, titled Love# Hacking Social Isolation was published on June 22, 2014 by invitation from Jordan Crook, a tech journalist at TechCrunch.com
Dr. Villarreal weighs in on dating in the tech world, and featured in an article titled ‘Meet One Of The Tech Dudes Who Dated Those Women Flown In From NYC To Meet Tech Dudes‘ on techcrunch.com a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news. An excerpt from the article:
“SF psychologist Christina Villarreal actually sees a lot of tech dudes in her practice. She says the majority of them talk to her about how to date women. [Villarreal] They tend to not have the social awareness to understand what’s wrong. A lot of the time they lack a filter or say inappropriate things to women on these dating apps online before the date even begins. Things like, Are you really a C cup? or How sexually freaky are you? It could also be that a lot of the guys in tech jobs are mostly socialized around other socially awkward men; which is why Villarreal ends up doing a lot of gender translation. [Villarreal] It’s a male-dominated climate they are in so they are often blind to how women operate.”
An excerpt from the article:
“Christina Villarreal, a cognitive-behavioral therapist in Oakland, Calif., says she has clients in the tech industry—young men mostly—who spend so much time and money amassing collections of music or games or gadgets that they withdraw from the real world. “They can’t pay their rent or buy food because they have to have this latest piece of equipment to support their habit,” says Dr. Villarreal. She notes that hoarding often starts out as a way to feel good or fill an emptiness in life, but it leaves sufferers even more isolated. She helps clients relearn basic social skills and find other enjoyable activities instead.”
Dr. Villarreal was featured in djbroadcast.net, an international platform publishing content on new music and lifestyle in an article titled DJs and Mental Health: Electronic Music’s Last Taboo written by author Dan Cole, Editor In Chief at Blueprint Media, published August 4, 2014
Dr. Villarreal was hired as a mental health expert by Nicolas Diaz, a technology journalist with La Tercera who wrote Tecnologia: Los ‘cachureros’ se vuelven digitales illuminating the increasing adaptation of technology in the lives of Chileans.
Dr. Villarreal was featured in the college textbook Abnormal Psychology, written by Ronald Comer, Director of Clinical Psychological Studies at Princeton University discussing her article entitled Black Swan- A cinematic portrayal of schizophrenia?
Dr. Villarreal has been featured as an ‘alumni in the spotlight‘ of her alma mater, California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) Alliant International University. She has also been featured as an ‘instructor in the spotlight‘ where she currently teaches topics in psychology at University of California, Berkeley Extension in the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Counseling and Psychology Professions.
Justin O’Neil is an editor of Scholastic Scope, a language arts classroom publication for middle school students, and Storyworks, a supplemental magazine used in classrooms to teach reading and writing to grades 3-6. He hired Dr. Villarreal as a psychological expert and contributor for an article to be published in Scholastic Scope illuminating the psychological struggles of celebrities.
Samantha Friedman is an editor at Topix Media Lab, a mass-market consumer magazine publishing company that produces single-topic magazines. She interviewed Dr. Villarreal, who was featured as a mental health expert in their magazine publication Fifty Shades (centered around the fictional series Fifty Shades of Grey) which featured movie casting news, erotic stories, tips, and is solely dedicated to women “living the Fifty Shades” lifestyle.
Matt Lofgren is a director/producer at TwoCan Films, LLC, a film production company located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He utilized Dr. Villarreal’s psychological expertise for character and storyline development in his upcoming full length feature film, a psychological thriller entitled ‘Alarmed’.
Kelli Nguyen of Piedmont High School in Piedmont, CA interviewed me for her school newspaper article titled “Double standards define technological culture” which discusses how different social standards are often apply to adolescents compared to adults when it comes so technology use.