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Dr. Luis Morales Knight Promoted to Director of California Behavioral Health Clinic

Dr. Luis Morales Knight has been named Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services for Boys Town California

Dr. Luis ​Morales Knight has been promoted to Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services for Boys Town California. Prior to his promotion, he worked as a Staff Psychologist at the Behavioral Health Clinic from July 2013 to March 2015.

Born and raised in California’s Central Coast region, Dr. Knight graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Linguistics in 2001.

He went back to school, completing a master’s degree in psychology at Pepperdine University. He then entered the University of Nebraska’s doctoral program in clinical psychology in 2006 and began a Pediatric Internship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, where he learned about behavior-analytic psychotherapy under the supervision of Dr. William Warzak.

With Dr. Warzak’s recommendation, Dr. Knight was hired by Dr. Pat Friman as a Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow in 2012 for the flagship Behavioral Health Clinic on the Boys Town campus. One year later, Dr. Friman recommended him to Lawren Ramos, Boys Town California’s Executive Director, as a candidate to open up and run a Behavioral Health Clinic program for him at the California site.

 “I’m really excited to continue to build a program that is providing services that are clearly valued by our families and by our referring pediatricians,” said Dr. Knight. As Director, he said, he will continue to build the Behavioral Health Clinic’s capacity to serve children and families in Orange County as well as ensure that Boys Town is delivering high-quality, evidence-based behavioral treatments within a behavioral-pediatric model.

Dr. Knight will also begin fostering relationships within the community and working to improve clinical decision making by providing training and supervision to the staff. He hopes that his experience as a parent to two daughters, Victoria and Hazel, will be beneficial to him.

 “I tell almost every family I see that everything I’m about to tell you to do, I have personally screwed up at home. They understand that I know the unrelenting 24-hour nature of parenting and that really gives me some credibility with them, I think.”

Dr. Knight is most excited, though, about sharing the spirit of Boys Town with those around him. “I hope we will be able to touch a lot of lives that would otherwise never have been in contact with Fr. Flanagan or his dream,” he said. “We try to orient our every action to the Dream, to the Mission, and, of course, to the National Strategic Plan.”

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