Dr. Cat Woman
Dr. Cat, PsyD MA
doctor of psychology, professor of literature, author, lecturer

About Us

Dr. Cat, aka Dr. Cat Woman, is thinking of changing her last name to 'Woman'.  The very fact that she has not met a person with the last name of 'Woman' -- but many with the last name of 'Mann' -- speaks volumes about global culture.  Dr. Cat has dedicated her life's work to examining the experience of women in a global culture of patriarchy, defined as "rule by the father."  Her purpose has been to identify the means by which any oppressor dominates the oppressed and forces them to submit to his dictates.  Although her theory of oppression focuses primarily on the experience of women, it can be applied to all oppressed groups.

Dr. Cat earned a B.A. in English with high honors from Princeton University, an M.A. in English from Stanford University, and a Psy.D. (Doctorate of Psychology) from the California Graduate Institute of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP in L.A.) -- where she was valedictorian at graduation ceremonies.  She is now a Professor of Psychology at TCSPP, where she teaches 12 different courses including  Psychodynamic Theory of the past Century,  Psychopathology (DSM-5),  Family Systems Theory,  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),  Substance Use Assessment & Treatment,  Group Therapy & Individual Therapy,  Professional Development,  and Diversity & Special Populations.  In June 2019, Dr. Cat won the Adjunct Professor of the Year Award at the California campuses of TCSPP.  She also oversees 12 dissertation committees as either Chair or Reader.  TCSPP is the largest private graduate school of psychology in the country, with campuses in Chicago,  Washington D.C.,  Los Angeles,  San Diego,  Dallas, and New Orleans. 

Dr. Cat has also taught psychology at Antioch University and writing at Loyola Marymount University, and she has been a Professor of English Literature at Santa Monica College for over 22 years -- where she teaches writing, rhetoric, argumentation, American literature, British literature, Ethnic literature, and sociopolitical theory.


As a hobby, Dr. Cat has performed opera locally, including on L.A. 36 -- Cable Channel for the Arts -- from 2004-2009.  She also plays acoustic guitar; writes songs; paints landscapes and seascapes in oils (see Contact Us page above); walks, bikes, hikes, does yoga and meditates.

 The Fran & Ray Stark Collection of 20th-Century Sculpture at the
J. Paul Getty Museum
, Los Angeles, CA 

photo below: Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA, October 2011;
see Resources page.