Carlina Ramirez Wheeler, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Carlina Ramirez Wheeler, Ph.D.

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor

Training Director, UC Davis Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (CCAP) Internship and Fellowship Program

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Child Clinical Psychology

Locations and Contact

UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center

UC Davis Medical Group - Midtown Pediatrics
3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Phone: 916-734-5846

UC Davis School of Medicine

UC Davis School of Medicine - Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAPS) Clinic
3331 Power Inn Rd
Sacramento, CA 95826

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Phone: 916-875-1183

Additional Numbers

Clinic Fax


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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I feel privileged to serve my child and family clients by promoting wellness, healing, and growth. I aim to provide high-quality services by delivering strengths-based, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed clinical care. I am inspired by the infants, children, adolescents, and caregivers that I meet in my practice. It is truly rewarding to see how resilient my clients are by bravely overcoming life’s challenges, including breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma, to reach their full potential. Everyone is deserving of quality care and our team is here to help empower you to improve your mental health, one step at a time.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Carlina Ramirez Wheeler is a bilingual (English/Spanish) multiracial/multicultural Assistant Clinical Professor with specialized training and experience working with high-risk and systems-involved youth ages 0-21. She is committed to increasing access to quality mental health care for youth and their families within primary care and community mental health settings. Within the UC Davis Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (CCAP) Training Programs, she serves as the Training Director for the APA-accredited Doctoral Internship Program and the APPIC-member Postdoctoral Psychology Program.

As a licensed and credentialed Health Service Psychologist (HSP), Dr. Wheeler provides a range of direct clinical services primarily at the Sacramento County Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAPS) Clinic. She has received supervised training in a range of evidence-based practices specific to infants, children, and adolescents exposed to traumatic and adverse childhood experiences (e.g., Functional Family Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy [CBT], Trauma-Focused CBT, Parent-Child Care, Incredible Years, Aggression Replacement Training, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). She has dedicated her career to bringing these services to children and families from underserved, low-income, and diverse communities.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Wheeler's clinical, teaching, and research interests include: diversity-related issues and acculturative/minority stress; risk and resilience factors; developmental psychopathology; trauma, adversity, and maltreatment; attachment and family systems theory and approaches; strength-based, comprehensive psychological assessment; pediatric integrated behavioral health; population-based health; and prevention/early intervention program development and outcomes research.

In addition, she currently serves as the instructor for the UC Davis Psychiatry Residency Program’s Introduction to Psychological Assessment Seminar and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program’s Family Therapy Seminar and advanced rotation.


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Undergraduate School

B.A., Psychology, Legal Studies Minor, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA 2007

Other School

M.S., Clinical Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto CA 2011

Other School

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto CA 2013


Clinical Child Psychology, Western Youth Services, Anaheim CA 2012-2013


Clinical Child Psychology, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2013-2014

American Psychological Association, Teaching Grant, Co-Investigator, 2017

National Register, Health Service Psychologist Scholarship, 2013

American Psychology- Law Society, Minority Affairs Committee, Diversity Travel Grant, 2012

Students for Ethnic and Cultural Awareness, Evidence Based Practices in Child Welfare Settings Symposium, Travel Grant, 2012

County of San Mateo, Cultural Competence Award, 2010