Dr. Aranda received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1998, with a specialization in child psychology. Prior to entering her Ph.D. program, Dr. Aranda graduated summa cum laude from St. Joseph's University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1992. Subsequently, she was awarded a three year grant from the American Psychological Association's Minority Fellowship Program to pursue her graduate degrees at Catholic University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Mt. Vernon Community Mental Health Center in Virginia. She then completed her post-doctoral residency at Northside Community Mental Health Center in Tampa, Florida, where she worked with toddlers, children and adults.
Dr. Aranda worked ten years for the Pinellas County School District, providing comprehensive psychological services to hundreds of children and their families. She also provided clinical supervision to school psychology interns and psychology residents. Dr. Aranda opened her own private practice in 2001 in Tampa, Florida, providing psychotherapy services to children and adults as well as completing psychological and psycho-educational evaluations. She has collaborated with the Hillsborough County School District, Mayor's Youth Corp, the University of South Florida, and Vocational Rehabilitation of Florida. She is an active member of the Florida Psychology Association and is an occasional contributor of a mental health column for the World of Westchase magazine.
Dr. Aranda currently serves as the president of the Bay Chapter of the Florida Psychology Association.