Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program


John Rettger, PhD, ELSPAP
Lab Manager, Clinical Researcher

John is a clinical researcher and lab manager in the Stanford University Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program, where he is accruing post-doctoral research and clinical psychology training hours. In addition to his work in the ELSPAP, John currently teaches Mindfulness & Yoga and is a cofounder of the Blue Elephant Yoga & Mindfulness Center in Palo Alto. John has previously completed his Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship at the Community Center for Health & Wellness in Palo Alto and completed the PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) in Palo Alto. John's interests in psychology include integrative treatment approaches utilizing methods of Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga, Existential and Spiritaully-Based treatment approaches for life-span development. In addition, John is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. John has earned the Master of Arts in Psychology with a certificate in Creative Expression from ITP. Additionally, he has received the Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Child Psychology as well as the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

John is also associated with Yoga Tree, the Bay Area's Premier Yoga Center, where he teaches Restorative Yoga classes to students, and holds healing workshops to practioners of all levels.

See John's featured section on Yoga Tree's newsletter here!

Veronica Alvarez, MA, ELSPAP
Stanford Mental Health Innovation and Dissemination Initiative
Wellness Educator

Veronica graduated with a BA in Psychology and a MA in Social Work from San Jose State University. She is in the process of obtaining her license to be a clinical social worker and has had eight years of mental health experience in non-profit settings. Veronica's interest includes wellness, particularly the mind-body connection.

Suzanna Chan, BA, ELSPAP
Administrative Associate

Suzanna joined the ELSPAP in the summer of 2013. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of California, San Diego, where she received her BA in Psychology. She is working towards beginning her graduate studies in occupational therapy. Outside of the lab, Suzanna enjoys hiking with her two dogs, creating culinary feasts, and engaging in alternative medicine.

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