Dr. April D. Fernando is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall. Fernando assists with the development, implementation, and utilization of Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) and the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) in mental health systems. She is currently working on the implementation in the Illinois system of care. Fernando has been providing training and technical assistance on the CANS and other TCOM tools since 2009.
Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Fernando was the Chief of Clinical Operations at WestCoast Children’s Clinic, an outpatient community psychology clinic in Oakland, CA, where she spent over 20 years overseeing program operations, research and evaluation, and training. She was also an Associate Professor at Holy Names University, where she taught courses in the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs, and was codirector of the Counseling Psychology Masters Program for several years. A practicing child and adolescent psychologist, Dr. Fernando has been active in the training and supervision of clinical psychologists to work with traumatized and marginalized populations and is a national leader in efforts to better serve commercially sexually exploited children. She currently serves on the board of the California Psychological Association Foundation.
Dr. Fernando holds a PhD and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She received the CANS Program Outcome Champion Award from the Praed Foundation in 2011 for her work, which included the development of the CANS-Commercially Sexually Exploited version that is used in several states.