Dr. Nate


Dr. Nate Balfanz received his doctoral degree from Pepperdine University and completed his postgraduate fellowship at Reiss-Davis Child Study Center of Los Angeles, with specialty training in child and adolescent treatment and neurobiological development. Over the course of his doctoral studies, Dr. Nate developed his dissertation entitled, “Psychology Internship Training in Evidence-Based Treatments for Youth With Disruptive Behavior Problems,” which focused on the quality of clinical training for early career clinicians treating children and adolescents.

In addition to his current role with American Medical Center (AMC), Dr. Nate is a clinical member of the Shanghai International Mental Health Association (SIMHA), a clinical member of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 371: “Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice” and Division 37: “Section on Child Maltreatment,” the mental health consultant for Urban Family Magazine-Shanghai, as well as a regular guest speaker and consultant on the topics of supporting socio-emotional growth and neurobiological development in children and young adults.

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Prior to practicing in Shanghai, Dr. Nate was employed as a postdoctoral fellow at Reiss Davis Child Study Center of Los Angeles, where he delivered mental health services for children and adolescents ranging from birth-18 years of age. He also treated mood, anxiety, and academic performance-related challenges in children, teenagers, adults, and their families in a private practice setting at The Weichman Clinic-Hoag Hospital of Newport Beach. Dr. Nate’s other previous clinical work includes dyadic-focused therapies with mothers, fathers, and infants, therapeutic consultation for both pre-K and elementary-age classroom settings, individual counseling for college-aged students managing major life transitions, research and clinical work with adolescents and young adults showing early signs of schizophrenia and psychosis, as well as educational therapy services for children struggling with learning challenges and behavioral/emotional concerns.

In June of 2012, Dr. Nate was given the California Psychology Internship Council’s (CAPIC) “Department of Mental Health Educational Stipend Award” for psychologists in recognition of his outstanding academic, social, and personal achievements coupled with his commitment to working with underserved populations.