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Polly Lytle

Associate professor

Areas of Focus: Couples Therapy, Separation and Divorce

Phone: 510-217-4754



  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda.
  • M.A Speech and Language Pathology, Northwestern University.
  • B.A. Psychology, College of New Rochelle.


Dr. Lytle has 22 years of experience teaching clinical psychology to graduate students in doctoral programs. She has taught a number of different courses including psychopathology, clinical interviewing, practicum seminars, introductory and advanced family and couples therapy, and Clinical Research Project proposal development. Dr. Lytle is very interested in guiding the development of clinicians in training and has provided individual clinical supervision to psychological trainees in practicum and pre- and post-doctoral interns at a variety of agencies including the Pacific Center for Human Growth, the Argosy Assessment and Intervention Clinic, Psychological Services Center, Family Institute of Pinole, and the Redwood Center Psychology Associates. In addition, she was the Head Start Project Director at the Psychological Services Center for six years which included administration, training, group and individual supervision. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Lytle has had a private practice for 20 years providing long-term and short-term treatment of families, couples, and individuals of all ages using primarily a family systems model within the context of integrating interactional systems, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic theoretical orientations to therapy. For the past 11 years she has co-led a Liver Transplant Support Group for pre- and post-transplant patients and their support people. Dr. Lytle currently focuses her research interests on promoting the scholarship skills of students and graduates of the program by collaborating with them in their endeavors in publishing and presenting their research professionally. Her research interests include the intersection of factors related to cultural diversity and clinical psychology, couples and families, chronic illness or disability, psychopathology, and training and education in clinical psychology.


  • Couples Therapy, Separation and Divorce.
  • Individual child and family play therapy.
  • Couple and family therapy.
  • Co-parenting during the family life cycle stages of separation, divorce and remarriage.
  • Coping with chronic illness and caregiving or filial responsibility.


  • American Psychological Association
  • California Psychological Association
  • Association of Family Therapists on Northern California
  • Alameda County Psychological Association
  • Textbook and Academic Authors Association

Selected Publications

  • Lytle, P. F. (2007). Teaching clinical competence. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy [Online], Vol. 3(3), Article 5. Available:
  • Wooldrich, T. & Lytle, P. (2012). An overview of anorexia nervosa in males [Special Issue: Males and eating disorders]. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 20(5), 368-378.
  • Wooldrich, T. & Lytle, P. (2013). An overview of anorexia nervosa in males. In L. Cohn & R. Lemberg (Eds.). Current findings on males with eating disorders. New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0415835909

Selected Presentations

  • Gray, D. & Lytle, P. (2015, January). Just like me: The search for identity as an African American biracial girl. Poster Session presented at the 2015 National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Atlanta, GA.
  • Hays, F. M., Lytle, P., Williamson, A. & Cimbora, D. M. (2012, August). Conflicts regarding religion and spirituality as manifesting in the classroom. In F. M. Hays (Chair): Training students for competency in religious and spiritual diversity---Lessons from the field. Symposium conducted at the American Psychological Association 2012 Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.
  • Lytle, P. (2012, February). Professional development and life after graduation. Presentation to doctoral students sponsored by the Clinical Psychology Student Council, American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Alameda, CA.
  • Lytle, P. (2012, March). Teaching as an adjunct or core faculty member. Presentation to postdoctoral psychology interns at Kaiser Permanente-Oakland, CA as a part of their professional training.
  • Lytle, P. & Glover, S. K. (2014, January). Incorporating social justice training in teaching psychopathology. A poster session presented at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology 2014 Mid-Winter Conference, New Orleans, LA.

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