Cristina Phoenix Garcia, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Dr. Garcia is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in serious mental illness (SMI). She is currently pursuing her certification as a Diplomate of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and is interested in the application of sleep disorder interventions in the SMI population. In her position at Banner-University Medical Center, she serves community members at the Whole Health Clinic and the Early Psychosis Intervention Center emphasizing treatment of sleep disorders. Dr. Garcia earned her BA at the University of Miami. She completed her PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Albuquerque VA. She enjoys being outside, cooking and eating, traveling, and walking her sweet Pitbull mix, Fancy.

Research/Clinical Interests 

Serious Mental Illness, Early Psychosis, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Trauma Treatment in Psychosis, Externship, Internship, and Residency Training

  • BA: University of Miami, Coral Gables
  • PhD: University of Maryland, College Park
  • New Mexico VA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology, Albuquerque, 2020
  • Southwest Consortium Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology, Albuquerque, 2019