Kristin Makena has been an educational psychologist for over 15 years.  Her early background includes 10 years of experience in the hospitality and event management industry before moving back towards her passion for psychology and sociology. She has worked as a School Psychologist, Administrator, Professor, Researcher, and was the co-creator of Empower LEP. 

Dr. Makena received her Ph.D. is in integrated mental health where she gained a wealth of experience in the health and wellness field. This unique combination of corporate work, education, psychology, administration, and integrative health and wellness background has created a distinctive combination of skills to support client growth.



  • Ph.D. Integrated Mental Health Saybrook University, Pasadena, CA 
  • M.A. Educational Leadership, Concordia University, Irvine, CA 
  • M.A. Educational Psychology/Counseling Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
  • B.A. Psychology/Sociology California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA


  • Theory of Illuminating (Doctoral Dissertation)
  • Mindfulness Initiative, CASP Today
  • California Association Of School Psychologists (CASP) Grant. Mindfulness Initiative
  • All things old and new about SLD. Association of California School Administrators, Co-presenter
  • Luke, use the force! How hypnosis can support children’s access to their inner force for school success. Poster
  • Benefits of hypnosis for children exhibiting anxiety disorders. Poster
  • Mindfulness and beyond. How to use mindfulness practices to support school-wide needs. Workshop
  • Code of Ethics for Licensed Educational Psychologists. CASP, Revision
  • Mindfulness Training, Cooperative Leadership Academy 
  • Mindfulness and Learning, Workshop
  • Professional Affiliations/Awards
  • California Association of School Psychologists (CASP), Ethics Specialist, Region VII Representative, NASP liaison
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Subject Matter Expert
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), California State Delegate
  • San Diego Association of School Psychologists (SANDCASP), Liaison to CASP/NASP
  • Alliant University, Advisory Board, San Diego, CA
  • California Association of School Psychologists, Nadine Lambert Outstanding School Psychologist Award
  • San Diego Association of School Psychologists, School Psychologist of the Year
  • Loyola Marymount University, School Psychology Graduate of the Year
  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education

Certifications/Licensures (Current)

  • Licensed Educational Psychologist (CA #3575)
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist (N.C.S.P.) 
  • Clinical and Applied Hypnosis Certification, Saybrook University
  • California Administrative Services Credential
  • California Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Psychology
  • California Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Counseling
  • New York State Pupil Personnel Services Certification 
  • New Jersey Standard Certificate