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Bree Cook



Bree Cook

VP, Academic Affairs

  • Roles:

  • Accreditation Liaison Officer

  • Interim Dean, School of Global Leadership & Management

  • Campus:
  • Pasadena
  • Online
  • San Jose
  • Instructional Site
  • Website:

  • Dr. Cook's Blog
Academic Affairs
Pacific Oaks College
Address Map of 45 W Eureka Street Pasadena CA 91103
45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
Office Phone

Dr. Bree Cook (formerly Davis) began her appointment as Vice President in May 2018 at Pacific Oaks College. In this role Dr. Cook serves as the College's Chief Academic Officer overseeing multiple Schools, the general education program and the Center for Excellence (C4E). She also serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) overseeing the WSCUC communications and submissions and supporting programmatic level accreditations. In addition, starting in June 2022, Dr. Cook became the Interim Dean of the newly developed School of Global Leadership & Management which houses the Bachelor in Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership & Management MAOLM) programs. In her previous positions she served as associate dean of POC's School of Cultural & Family Psychology (SCFP). academic positions held during her 11 year tenure at PO include Associate Professor, Clinical Training Coordinator, Affiliate Faculty and Program Coordinator.

Prior to coming into higher education, Dr. Cook spent over 15 years in leadership and management positions in community-based non-profits, specializing in programs for underserved and risk populations, working with children and families, substance abuse and recovery, mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare. She also served a stint as a Staff Psychologist at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Correctional Complex, Lompoc, CA.

Dr. Cook holds a doctorate and master degrees in Clinical Psychology with a emphasis in Multicultural & Community Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Her baccalaureate degree from University of California San Diego is also in Psychology. She holds a certification Family Life Educator (CFLE). In recent time Dr. Cook's professional development has included completion of WASC Senior College and University Commission Assessment Leadership Academy (2018-2019) and Harvard University's Graduate School of Education's Institute of Educational Management (2019).

Dr. Cook is a visionary and relational leader. She is passionate about many topics, including: cultured-centered, culturally relevant & responsive education, advocacy, and program development; Black/African American children & families; Reducing Mental Health/Mental Illness stigma in communities of color; and leadership in higher education.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology University of California, San Diego 1997
Master’s in Clinical Psychology California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles 1999
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles 2001
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Library Aide Volunteer Baldwin Hills Elementary, Gifted/High Ability Magnet Center
School Site Council (SSC) Chair Baldwin Hills School
Compensatory Education Advisory Committee (CEAC) Baldwin Hills School
Co-President Friends of Baldwin Hills School Booster Club
Chair Community/Outreach Committee at The City Charter School
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Addiction/Substance Abuse General Expertise
Curriculum and Program Development General Expertise
Family Violence General Expertise
Higher Education General Expertise
Leadership General Expertise
Trauma Historical Trauma
Title Location Date
Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference: The NGUZO SABA principals and the African American Family Studies Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pacific Oaks College. San Juan, Puerto Rico 10/2012
The African American Family Studies Program: Living the Principles of Nguzo Saba Los Angeles, California 7/2012
Academic Publishing & Grant Writing, Summer Writing Retreat, Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education Los Angeles, California 8/2009
Field Safety & Workplace Violence Seminar St. Anne's Staff In-service 2008, 2009