Dr. Sydney Blake

Dr. Sydney Blake

Dr. Blake cares deeply for her patients. Her favorite passage expresses her philosophy of therapy – no one should feel alone during times of stress:

“Every life is unique, composed of twists, turns, bumps and bruises. While most bruises heal quickly, others seem to last longer and feel more painful. Those are the injuries that heal better with help from others. Psychotherapy is one source of that help; a source that recognizes that at times some things just cannot be accomplished alone.” – Ann G. Thomas, EdD

Dr. Blake has been in practice for over 24 years. Over the years she has worked with a wide spectrum of individuals from children to seniors. Currently her practice is focused on the emotional and psychological issues associated with chronic pain, chronic illnesses, loss and aging.

Dr. Blake received her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology and Technology (PhD) from the University of Southern California in 1990. She also has a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology from California State University, Northridge; a Master of Science Degree in Medical Technology Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Immaculate Heart College. In addition to Dr. Blake’s many years as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, her extensive experience includes serving as a Clinical Professor and Lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology and Technology at the University of Southern California and as a Research Consultant at University of California San Diego’s Medical School. For the past several years she has served as an Instructor on Pain Management at the famous Casa Colina Center for Rehabilitation.

Her specializations include:

  • Memory Loss
  • Dementia
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Anxiety Management
  • Anger Management
  • Depression
  • Divorce, Loss and Grief

Publications and Presentations:

Blake, S.B., & Azordegan, S.M. (2001). Cultural differences and their effect on cognitive types and learning styles. A paper accepted for the Eight Cross-Cultural Research Conference. Kahuku Oahu, Hawaii. December 2001.

Blake, S.B., & Schofield, M. (2001). Safe time for recreation, enrichment, and tutoring for children: Increasing trends for an after school program. A paper accepted at the California Educational Research Association 80th Annual Conference at Lake Tahoe, CA.

Blake, S.B., Anderson-Cruz, H., Saldana, J., & Alston, J.G. (1998). Entry and retention issues effecting a diverse population of adult learners in a non-traditional University setting. A paper presented at the International Congress on Challenges to Education, Costa Rica. July, 1998.

Blake, S.B., Anderson-Cruz, H., & Alston, J.G. (1998). The effects of cognitive style and instructional

design on formative knowledge structures. A paper presented at the 10th Annual meeting of the

American Psychological Society. Washington, D.C. May, 1998.

Blake, S.B., Anderson-Cruz, H., & Alston, J.G. (1998). The effect of criteria feature salience on schema formation and novel problem solving: Examining the cognitive processes underlying analogical problem solving. A paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA. April, 1998.

Clark, R. & Blake, S.B. (1998). The multi-media and multi-mode effects on learning: two experiments testing competing claims by Clark and Mayer. A paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Research Association, San Diego, CA. April 1998.

Blake, S.B., Anderson-Cruz, H., & Alston, J.G. (1998) The effects of thinking styles and instructional design on the formation of flexible knowledge structures in adult learners. A paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Lily Conference on College and University Teaching, Lake Arrowhead, CA. March 1998.

Blake, S.B. (1997). Teaching for statistical expertise. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL. 1997.

Blake, S.B., & Anderson-Cruz, H. (1997). Instructional design and the impact on the formation of flexible knowledge structures. A paper presented at the Annual meeting of the California Educational Research Association, Santa Barbara, CA. 1997.

Blake, S.B. & Clark, R.E. (1990). The effects of metacognitive selection on far transfer in analogical problem solving tasks. A paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Boston, MA. 1990.

Blake, S.B. (1996). Coping with chronic illness. Televised panel discussion for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation. Nation-wide distribution. 1996.

Blake, S.B. (1995). The psychological effects of Myasthenia Gravis. Annual meeting of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, Los Angeles, CA. 1995.

Blake, S.B. (1995). Behavioral indicators of abuse in adolescents. National Charity League, Los Angeles, CA. 1995.

Blake, S.B. (1989). The psychological effects of chronic illness. Verdugo Hills Hospital, Glendale, CA. 1989.

Blake, S.B. (1989). The cognitive and metacognitive development of children. Behavior Science Series, Glendale City College, Glendale, CA. 1989.

Clark, R.E. & Blake, S.B., (1997). Designing cognitively-based training for the far transfer of problem-solving expertise in Instructional Design: International perspectives. Volume 1: Theory, Research and Models Solving Instructional Design Problems. Dijkstra, Steel, & Tennyson (Eds.). Hillsdale, NJ: LEA. 1997.

Dembo, M., Blake S.B., & Sugrue, B. (1991). Test manual for Applying Educational Psychology in the Classroom, fourth edition.

Volunteer Participation:

Dr. Sydney Blake

Dr. Sydney Blake

• KRLA Radio Program: “Health Line.” Presented health related discussions.

• Participation in the Chula Vista Library Literacy Program.

• Crisis counseling for families that lost children to car accidents in San Diego.

• Women’s Business Center of San Diego. Mentor.

• South Pasadena Rotary.

• Rosemary Cottages, Program Committee.

• Angeles Community Counseling Center, Grant writing.

Professional Organizations:

• San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association.

• California Psychological Association.

• American Psychological Association.