Serving: 8-12, 13-15, 16+, 18+
Dr. Taracena earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, and then his doctoral degree from University of Denver in 2001 with an emphasis in behavioral medicine. He completed both his internship and residency at Wasatch Mental Health in Provo, UT. He has gained additional training through University of Colorado Hospital, Denver Police Department and Denver Public Schools. His experience spans a variety of settings including: inpatient medical hospitals, emergency departments, public schools and community mental health centers. Dr. Taracena previously practiced in Utah where he owned and operated a small clinic for the past nine years. Dr. Taracena is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), National Register for Health Providers in Psychology and is a Past-President for the Utah Psychological Association (UPA).
Dr. Taracena enjoys working with school-aged children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Taracena's approach to treatment primarily makes use of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral theories. Although he maintains a generalist practice, he maintains specialty interests in health psychology, integrated healthcare, learning disabilities, substance abuse and trauma. Additionally, he also conducts psychological and bariatric pre-surgical evaluations.