Mariela Shibley, PsyD


Dr. Mariela G. Shibley is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a private practice in San Diego, California. She specializes in issues around acculturation, immigration, and trauma and is a leading expert in conducting psychological evaluations for USCIS and Immigration Court. Since 2007, she has conducted and supervised over 2,000 of such evaluations and provided court testimony, training, and education on immigration and mental health. She was a guest speaker at several conferences of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is sought after for her knowledge and expertise in this arena.

Dr. Shibley supervises unlicensed mental health professionals who work within her private practice and is a volunteer clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California San Diego. She has attended and presented numerous lectures on topics related to immigration and mental health and taught doctoral level classes at the California School of Forensic Studies, the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and at Argosy University in San Diego. Dr. Shibley is an active member of the San Diego Psychological Association, where she has served on the Board of Directors for two years and is currently a member of the Ethics and the Forensic Committees.