Accreditation Liaison Officer
Interim Dean, School of Global Leadership & Management
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.
|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|
|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|
|Addiction/Substance Abuse||General Expertise|
|Curriculum and Program Development||General Expertise|
|Family Violence||General Expertise|
|Higher Education||General Expertise|
|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|