Ms. Wheelchair California 2015, Dr. Alette Coble-Temple

As Ms. Wheelchair California 2015, Dr. Alette Coble-Temple is eager to serve the community and provide mentorship for successful living with a disability. She is excited to spend the year promoting her platform PRIDE: Parental Rights Includes Disability Equality. Her aim is to transform social response, advance public policy, and strengthen community collaborations for people with disabilities in their quest of parenthood.

Advocacy, mentorship, and adventure guide Dr. Coble-Temple's teaching philosophy in her role as advocate, professor, licensed psychologist, and mother. Dr. Coble-Temple joined the PsyD faculty the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at John F. Kennedy University in 2004. Over the past ten years, she has taught many core courses in the PsyD program including Integrated Professional Seminar-III, Lifespan Development I, and II, Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Treatment, Disability Culture, Clinical Sport Psychology, Attachment Theory, and Adoption and Psychology.

Dr. Coble-Temple believes that the classroom is a place for students to enter into an amazing adventure. She challenges students to synthesize and critically analyse academic knowledge from a multicultural perspective. During class students have opportunities to apply and evaluate learned academic knowledge through a variety of experiential exercises and research activities.

Dr. Coble-Temple is passionate about psychology and wants to instill that same passion in the students she advises and teaches. She creates opportunities for students to develop research projects, present at conferences, and develop new workshops for the JFK University community.

Prior to coming to JFKU, she worked as a therapist with adolescent girls in a residential treatment facility. She also maintained a private Sport Psychology consulting business where she provided mental skills training to collegiate and professional athletes across the United States.

Dr. Coble-Temple currently serves as an independent evaluator for the Board of Parole Hearings for the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. As an advocate for people with disabilities, Dr. Coble-Temple is routinely asked to speak at national conventions and provide training for businesses. Her professional interests include the impact of severe food allergies on biopsychosocial development, attachment theory and resiliency in children and adolescents, sexuality and disability, forensic psychology, sport psychology, and culturally competent psychotherapy for persons with disabilities.

When Dr. Coble-Temple is not working, her passion shifts to her family. She thoroughly enjoys serving as the co-leader of her ten year old daughter's Girl Scout Troop.

The Ms. Wheelchair California Foundation is the official state pageant of The Ms. Wheelchair America Organization.