Dr. Kim Van Dusen

DR. KIM VAN DUSEN, Psy.D., is a mom of two young children, a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a nationally recognized Registered Play Therapist, and University Professor who has taught Master and Doctoral Level students Parent Child Therapy and Play Therapy for almost a decade. Dr. Kim is also the CEO/Owner/Founder of The Parentologist, a family and lifestyle brand, and blog, about everything parenting with a therapeutic twist. She has a social media community of more than 125,000 followers and is also the host of The Parentologist Podcast. Dr. Kim has over 15 years of experience working as a child therapist and also owns a therapeutic private practice specializing with parents and their children in the 2-10 age range. In addition to her Doctor of Psychology, Dr. Kim also has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from UCLA, a Master’s in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University, a Master’s in Marital and Family Therapy, and a Doctorate in Psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego. Dr. Kim writes for many publications including Yahoo!, TODAY Parenting, Very Well Family, LA Parent Magazine, The Toy Association, and Learning Resources, and can often be heard on KFI 640 AM and seen on CBS 8, ABC 10, and FOX 5.

An active public speaker for over 25 years, Dr. Kim has spoken at APA Half Yearly ConferenceAlt Summit, So Cal Mom’s Wellness Summit, San Diego Association for Play TherapyMom’s Meet Wow SummitAEYC Early Childhood Education ConferencePinners Conference and ExpoBabies in Bloom’s BabyFest, Magical Media Retreat, and Bibs and Bellies. Dr. Kim has had years of experience in television and radio, and has previously worked as a reporter for E! Entertainment and FOX Sports Radio. She also worked for Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition in the newsroom. Prior to earning her doctoral degree, she was National Account Manager for Clear Channel Communications in Los Angeles, working in sales, marketing, and advertising, writing proposals and negotiating contracts for large companies like Toyota, FOX TV, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Post-doctorate, she spent five years working for a non-profit agency as a Program Manager implementing a positive behavior support program in over 20 elementary schools in San Diego. Most recently, she has worked for a private clinic as a Behavior Consultant and Clinical Supervisor helping families with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum.  Dr. Kim lives in Southern California with her family