About Me

Ioana Pal, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at Stramski Children’s Development Center at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital (MCWH) in Long Beach, CA who specializes in psychological, developmental and neuropsychological assessments.

Her clinical interests include dual diagnosis, forensic psychology, personality disorders, mind-body connection, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with children, adolescents, and adolescent young adults (AYA).

She holds master’s degrees in mental health counseling and forensic sciences and received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship training at the Orangewood Children & Family Center (OCFC), County of Orange Health Care Agency. 

Dr. Pal works with families and schools to support inclusive and equitable (IEP) plans based on clinical diagnosis, individual needs and academic goals for optimal educational experiences.  She conducts customized assessments of cognitive, social-emotional and academic functioning affected by ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, learning difficulties, genetic disorders, anxiety, depression or other factors. This includes gathering information from the patient, caregivers, teachers and/or therapists.  A tailored plan is developed to inform or supplement care based on the interpretation of data, clinical observations and other available information.

In addition to her clinical work she serves as a board member of the Stramski Advisory Board, Fragile X Association of Southern California (FRAXSOCAL), Learning Disabilities Association of America - CA Chapter (LDA of California), California Psychological Association (CPA) and Orange County Psychological Association (OCPA).

Dr. Pal enjoys providing trainings and presentations to residents, faculty and community champions of Long Beach. She provides supervision to pre-doctoral psychology students from The Guidance Center and other higher education institutions, and works with other Long Beach agencies to connect children, adolescents and their families to the right services and therapies.

She actively seeks to learn about available services, trainings and networking opportunities in Long Beach and surrounding areas.  In her free time, Dr. Pal enjoys the company of friends and family, hiking with her dog, painting, yoga and Disneyland.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Dyslexia and other learning difficulties
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Pediatrics
Areas of Interest
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Personality Disorders
  • Mind-body Connection
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

English, Romanian

Provider Specialty



Predoctoral Internship - Clinical Psychology

Stoney Brook Counseling Center, Chelmsford MA

Doctorate - Clinical Psychology with concentration in Forensic Psychology

American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange CA

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Orangewood Children & Family Center (OCFC), Country of Orange Health Care Agency, Orange CA

Locations & Affiliations


Cherese Mari Laulhere Children’s Village

2701 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 1

Long Beach, CA

Office: (714) 377-6993