University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Lisa Cepeda

Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center
Lecturer of Psychological Science

Lisa Cepeda

Lisa Cepeda
Clinician & Lecturer

  • B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985
  • Ph.D. Texas A&M University, 2008
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Phone: (802) 656-1776
Room: 304
Office Hours: Thursday 9:00 - 9:45 in Lafayette Hall


As a faculty member I have taught both undergraduate and graduate students. My work with my undergraduate students has centered on an exploration of personal growth and how trust is built in interpersonal relationships. Currently I will teach basic psychotherapy skills and an introduction to clinical psychology. With graduate students I have supervised clinical work and facilitated a seminar on the process of psychotherapy.

In private practice for several years, I focused my clinical work with young adult concerns, depression and anxiety, sexual identity concerns, grief and bereavement, existential/spiritual issues, eating disorders, relationships, and parenting. In addition I worked with couples, married and partnered. I am currently seeing UVM students at the Counseling Center.

My approach to psychotherapy is integrative, with an emphasis on existential, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral perspectives. The approach I use varies to fit the style and presenting concerns of each person. My core focus is guiding the kind of deeper exploration that results in real inner transformation and personal fulfillment. As well I help clients to change behaviors and make choices that lead toward greater sincerity and more satisfied living. I am honored by the opportunity to help individuals summon the courage needed to bring greater sincerity, strength and satisfaction to their living.

In my free time I hang out with my partner, Antonio, and our four children. I enjoy cooking, baking breads, hiking and traveling as well as reading, writing letters and gardening.

Representative Publications and Presentations

  • Castillo, L. G., Conoley, C. W., Cepeda, L. M., Ivy, K. K., Archuleta, D. J. (2010). Mexican-Americans’ Preceptions of a Pro-College Culture. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 9, 61-73.
  • Cepeda, L. M. & Davenport, D. S. (2006). Person-centered therapy and solution-focused brief therapy: An integration of present and future awareness. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice & Training, 43, 1-12.
  • Conoley, C., Barnes, A., & Cepeda, L. (2005, March). Engaging gear up adolescents online. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Gear Up Forum. College Station, TX.
  • Cepeda, L. M. & Barnes, A. D. (2004). Providing mental health services with online youth counseling. El Boletin, 8, 12.
  • Conoley, C., Barnes, A., & Cepeda, L. (2004, July). Conducting online counseling with Latino adolescents. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Cepeda, L., & Thompson, B. (February, 2004). Reliability Generalization (RG): What it is: Why it’s Important, and how to do it. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Southwest Educational Research Association. Dallas, Texas.
  • Conoley, C., Castillo, L., Cepeda, L., Barnes, A., Ivy, K., Lamothe-Francois, B., Duncan, B., & Archuleta, D. (2003, November). Internet counseling for 7th grade children in underserved areas. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Psychological Association, Dallas, TX.
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Clinical Training Program Director
General/Experimental Program Acting Director
Undergraduate Director
Business Manager
Behavioral Pharmacology
Joint Appointment
Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Faculty
Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP)
Post-Doctoral Fellows
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