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Dr. Matthew Cordova is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in applying empirically-supported interventions to assist medical patients and their families. He conducts research on how people adjust to life threatening illness and he has an interest in developing and researching the effectiveness of early interventions to prevent the development of problems in patients who have recently been traumatized.

The students assisting Dr. Ruzek and Dr. Cordova are graduate students studying for their Ph.D. in Clinic Psychology at Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, CA. These students have made the treatment of trauma a priority in their graduate careers and plan to pursue professional careers in related fields.

Matthew Cordova

Ph.D. /  Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Josef I. Ruzek has a longstanding interest in cognitive-behavioral interventions for alcohol problems and PTSD. He is an editor of the text Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Trauma, co-chair of the Early Intervention special interest group of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and a writer for a manual on Psychological First Aid following exposure to disaster/terrorist attack.

Josef Ruzek

Ph.D. / Clinical Psychologist

Graduate Students

Palo Alto University / Clinical Psychology Students

The Early Intervention Clinic was established in 2003 and is located in Los Altos, CA. Our Clinic provides brief counseling services to individuals who have experienced a traumatic event within the last 2 years. Services are offered free as part of a research project that carefully tailors evidence based treatment to each person and evaluates outcomes in order to assist those who have experienced trauma. Participants must meet certain criteria to be eligible to receive this service.


The founding Directors of the Early Intervention Clinic are Dr. Josef Ruzek and Dr. Matthew Cordova. Both Directors are Licensed Clinical Psychologists and faculty members at Palo Alto University (PAU). The Directors are assisted by a team of graduate students from PAU pursuing additional education in trauma-related mental health care.


Our Team

We provide evidenced-based, individualized brief counseling services for individuals who have experienced a traumatic event within the last 2 years.

The Early Intervention Clinic is carefully tailoring evidence based treatment to individuals who have experienced trauma in order to lessen the intensity and frequency of trauma symptoms in hopes of preventing further distress later in the healing process.

To learn more, please contact our Clinic.

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