Dr. Dennis Itoga is an Assistant Professor at the Hawai‘i School of Professional Psychology at Chaminade University of Honolulu. He earned his B.A. degree at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in Developmental Disabilities and began working with high school students attending an adolescent day treatment program. He then completed his Masters of Education (M.Ed.) degree and special education licensure from Chaminade University of Honolulu, during which time he taught middle school students with conduct disorder for the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education (DoE). Dr. Itoga then pursued a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Hawai‘i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Hawai‘i, where he continued to teach community-based instruction at the high school level for adolescents with moderate to severe disabling conditions. Upon completion of his doctorate, he served as a clinical psychologist for the DoE Honolulu District, specializing in children affected by autism and comorbid disorders.
Following his career with the State of Hawai‘i, Dr. Itoga entered private practice serving predominantly military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Itoga completed certification in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) via Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC). He later joined a non-profit community mental health center (CMHC) as a clinical supervisor, where he completed comprehensive psychological evaluations for children and families affected by moderate to severe forms of child abuse. In addition to providing supervision for diagnostic and intervention trainees, pre-doctoral interns, and postdoctoral residents, he became one of five founding members to develop the one-year Child Maltreatment Certification. Dr. Itoga joined HSPP at CUH as an Assistant Professor, teaching assessment and therapy courses, serving as committee chair for students completing dissertations, and performing as chair of the admissions committee. Additionally, he consults as an advisory board member for the Chaminade University, Doctorate in Education in Educational Psychology (Ed.D.) program.
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Hawai‘i School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University Hawai‘i, 2016.
M.Ed., Special Education, Chaminade University of Honolulu, 2006.
B.A., Developmental Disabilities, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, 2001.