Solana Beach Resident Appointed to Mental Health Board

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:57 am

A local doctor will serve San Diego County residents as a member of the Mental Health Board.

Shannon Lerach, who recently opened her Solana Beach practice, is a San Diego native and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Lerach said she applied for the county board position because she felt she could offer a “meaningful and useful perspective to offer the board when it comes to understanding the mental-health services needed.”

“I feel driven to find way to continue to contribute meaningfully to my community, and the County Mental Health Board provided me an opportunity to serve my community using my education and professional skill set,” Lerach said. “I was honored to be considered and accepted to the position and I look forward to my service.”

Lerach has worked for a variety of county, nonprofit and charitable organizations, including Kearny Mesa Juvenile Hall, Juvenile Forensic Services, The Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady’s Children’s Hospital, and the Fred Finch Youth Center.

Most recently, Lerach spent a year working in Liberia, providing trauma-focused therapy to women, children, and former child soldiers and ex-combatants.