explanation Dr. Gutierrez is presently a psychologist with the Desert Sands Unified School District, in the Special Education Department and the School-Based Mental Health Program. He was raised in Mecca, California, and has been a long-time resident of the Coachella Valley. Dr. Gutierrez received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1983. He has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Doctorate from the University of Arizona. His career interests are in the field of mental health, particularly service provision to students with disabilities and families facing adversity. Most recently, Dr. Gutierrez is pursuing further study and re-specializing in the field of applied behavior analysis.