Brenda Arellano, M.S., L.P.A.

Licensed Psychological Associate

Brenda Arellano, M.S., L.P.A., is a bilingual, Licensed Psychological Associate. At the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, Brenda specializes in providing empirically-supported treatment for individuals of all ages suffering from OCD. Brenda also treats individuals suffering from eating disorders, anxiety, depression and behavioral difficulties. As a fluent native Spanish-speaker, Brenda provides therapy in both English and Spanish. She is trained in delivering various empirically supported interventions, including Exposure and Response Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Interventions. Her training in various therapeutic approaches allows Brenda to adapt the therapeutic experience to best fit the needs, strengths and goals of her clients.

She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2017 with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. In addition to her clinical training, Brenda was involved in various research projects during her time at the University of Louisville. She shared her research on child anxiety and the intersection of culture and mental health at national conferences as well as peer-reviewed articles.

Prior to joining the Louisville OCD Clinic, Brenda worked in the child welfare system. As a visit coach with JusticeWorks Ohio, Brenda helped parents regain custody of their children in foster care by improving their parenting skills, managing their mental health needs and increasing feelings of parental mastery. This experienced not only reaffirmed Brenda’s passion for psychological wellness, but also taught her how to adapt evidence-based treatment to best meet the needs and strengths of each individual.

Research Articles

  • Arellano, B., Gramszlo, C., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2018). Parental reactions to children’s affective displays: The moderating role of parental GAD. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 53, 22-29.
  • Geronimi, E. M., Arellano, B., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2019). Relating mindfulness and executive function in children. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi:359104519833737.
  • Hooper, L., Mier-Chairez, J., CT Mugoya, G., & Arellano, B. (2016). Depressive symptoms, assessment, and treatment in Latino/a adolescents: A brief review. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 12(2), 150-162.