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my practice:

My practice spans several industries. I am a licensed psychologist (#PSY25858) and professor in the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. I also advise and consult in health tech, e.g., with Two Chairs, which innovates by combining expert clinical care with modern technology. I co-founded Coaching Bold with Roberta Riga, with the mission to activate social impact leaders through personalized executive coaching. 

The thread that connects my work is a fundamental orientation to individual and organizational growth.



I graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. My post-doctoral fellowship was within the Stanford University School of Medicine, where I specialized in working with couples to optimize their relationship functioning. I also worked with Stanford athletes to enhance performance and psychological functioning and served as a member of the clinician resource team for the San Francisco 49ers.

I have worked with health and well-being tech start ups (e.g., Two Chairs, Lantern) from inception through their angel round to series beyond. I have a deep interest in facilitating and supporting the process of companies scaling. I am inspired by organizations that 'do good while doing well.'

I have received specialized training in numerous approaches to behavior change and am skilled in the assessment of individual and team functioning. My program of research complements my practice and aims to understand how emotional intelligence and communication skills impact the effectiveness of relationship functioning. I continue to publish my research in leading scientific journals in these areas. My work has also been featured in media outlets ranging from KQED public radio forum to Lenny Letter.


Selected publications and presentations:

Friedman, M.A., Holley, S.R., & Bloch, L. (2018). Dyadic coping mediates the association between mindfulness and relationship satisfaction. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Holley, S.R., Haase, C., Chui, I., & Bloch, L. (2017). Depression, emotion regulation, and the demand-withdraw pattern during intimate relationship conflict. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Haase, C., Holley, S.R., Bloch, L., Verstaen, A., & Levenson, R.W. (2017). Interpersonal emotional behaviors and physical health: A 20-year longitudinal study of long-term married couples. Emotion.

Haase, C.M., Verstaen, A., Bloch, L., Lwi, S.J., Saslow, L.R., Svoboda, R.C., Hittner, E., & Levenson, R.W. (2017, April). Positive emotions in marriage: Changes, consequences, and contexts. In J.K. Monin (Chair). Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Holley, S.R., Ewing, S.T., Stiver, J.T., & Bloch, L. (2015). The relationship between emotion regulation, executive functioning, and aggressive behaviors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Bloch, L., Haase, C.M., & Levenson, R.W. (2014). Emotion regulation predicts marital satisfaction: More than a wives’ tale. Emotion, 14(1), 130-144.

Levenson, R.W., Haase, C.M., Bloch, L., Holley, S.R., & Seider, B.J. (2013). Emotion regulation in couples. In J.J. Gross (Ed.), Handbook of Emotion Regulation (2nd ed.). 

Haase, C. M., Saslow, L. R., Bloch, L., Saturn, S. R., Casey, J., Seider, B. H., Lane, J., Coppola, G., & Levenson, R. W. (2013, October). The 5-HTTLPR polymorphism in the serotonin transporter gene moderates the effect of stress on declines in marital satisfaction over 13 years. In R. W. Levenson & C. M. Haase (Chairs), New frontiers in research on the neurogenetic sources of emotional and stress reactivity. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Florence, Italy.

Bloch, L., & Guillory, P.T. (2011). The attachment frame is the thing: Emotion focused family therapy in adolescence. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 10(3), 229-245.

Bloch, L., Haase, C., & Levenson, R.W. (2010, July). Let it all out?: Anger behavior during marital conflict and change in cardiovascular symptoms over 20 years. Invited talk given at the annual meeting of the NIMH Training Consortium in Affective Science, Berkeley, California.

Bloch, L., Holley, S.R., Gyurak, A., & Levenson, R.W. (2009, May). Empathic Accuracy and Relationship Satisfaction in Long-Term Marriage. Presentation at the Emotional Ups and Downs: Experiencing, Self-Regulating, and Capitalizing on Affect special session, annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, California.