Psychological & Counseling Services for Families & Children
57402 Twenty-nine Palms Highway, #10, Yucca Valley, CA
Serving Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, 29 Palms, Morongo Basin &
  Homestead Valley (Yucca Mesa, Flamingo Heights, Landers & Johnson Valley)
Sunteleo Center, Inc. - Serving Families since 1986


Dr. Robert N. Karman Vitae

Dr. Karman graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in Humanities and Engineering. He worked in aerospace and private computer industries as a software engineer prior to earning his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Biola University, Roemead School of Psychology, and obtaining his license as a Psychologist in 1986. Dr. Karman also holds a Diplomate in Psychopharmacology.

In 1986, Dr. Karman founded the Sunteleo Center, Inc., initially providing psychological services to Brea and surrounding communities. Sunteleo, pronounced "Sun’-tell-aye’-oh," is a Greek word meaning comprehensive. Dr. Karman purposed to provide a full range of psychological services with his practice.

Professional Service Memberships and Activities

Dr. Karman is active within the field of psychology. In addition to being an American Psychological Association Member, he served the California Association of Psychology Providers (CAPP) as a member of the Board of Directors from 1986 to 1989 during which time CAPP gained independent hospital privileges for psychologists in California. He further served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) from 1988 to 1992. His further service to LACPA included serving as Chairman of the Victim Treatment Panel, Coordinated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Training for 100 Psychologists, was the Chairman for the Executive Director Search Committee, and was a Disaster Mental Health Team Member. Further in his field, he was Treasurer on the Board of Trustees for the Wright Institute of Los Angeles, a psychoanalytical training institution.

Community Service

Dr. Karman's community activities have included being a Member of the MIT Educational Council from 1991-2000, for whom he interviewed local high school seniors for MIT and represented MIT at high school events.

As a Board Member of the Rio Hondo Chapter of the American Red Cross, Dr. Karman was Chairman of the Mental Health Disaster Services where he performed volunteer mental health evaluations and brief interventions, defusings, and debriefings for trauma victims.

He served Rotary International, Brea Chapter, as Chairman of the Program Committee for their weekly luncheons and seeks, schedules, and introduced their weekly speakers.  In addition, he served as liaison with the local high school service club, Interact.  He actively participated in The Rotary Club o Brea's community services programs and fund raising projects.

Member of the General Plan Advisory Committee 2001-2002
Chair of the Air Quality Element
Complete Revision of the General Plan for the City of La Habra Heights

Member of the La Habra Heights Planning Commission 2003-2004 


As Clinical Director of the Sunteleo Center, Inc., Dr. Karman provides clinical services, psychotherapy with all age groups, individuals, couples, and families and the full range of disorders.

In addition, he previously provided assessments under the Workers' Compensation system, but now works with attorneys to focus on difficult Social Security cases which other medical and mental health professionals have not been successful in representing.

Dr. Karman's corporate consultations have included employee evaluations, medical records review, second opinions, medical-legal consultation, management training, industrial trauma debriefing and defusing.

He has had numerous public speaking engagements and has made Court appearances as an expert witness on workplace depression and disabilities.

From 1992 through 1996, Dr. Karman was the Southern California Area Consulting Psychologist for Pacific Bell where he provided over 2500 psychological disability and fitness-for-duty evaluations, assessing emotional impairment, professional care, requested job restrictions and ADA accommodations, safety risk, and other issues.

Dr. Karman's early career included positions at Biola University, La Mirada, where he started as Director the Computer Center for several years where he also developed and taught computer science curriculum:  hardware and software system design, operating systems, database design, programming languages, and management information/decision support systems.  He later became the Biola College's Psychologist and Director of Counseling, Career Planning, and Learning Center.  He provided group therapy for child abuse survivors, individual supervision of 100 doctoral practicum students, and MMPI psychological screening of all entering freshmen and graduate students, as well as part-time teaching in the Psychology Department.

After his graduation from MIT, Dr. Karman was a Software Engineer and Systems Analyst/Programmer and held technical staff and internal consulting roles for engineering and business software applications:  research and development and technology transfer.  His employers included Hughes Aircraft, Raytheon, Memorex, and Rockwell International.  In addition, he was a Consultant to Aerospace Corporation for forensic voice recognition applications.


California Licensed Psychologist ­ License No. PSY9274
Diplomate Fellow in Psychopharmacology from Prescribing Psychologist Register

Dr. Karman Accepts Most Insurances, including Medi-Cal and Military Insurances

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57402 Twentynine Palms Highway, Suite 10  -  Yucca Valley, CA  92284
 Office:  (760) 418-5997
FAX:  760-820-1094
Emergency:  760-219-7924

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