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Psychologists

Lorraine Ball

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(Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 2000), is a licensed and certified school psychologist who has been with CSI since 1995.  Dr. Ball has an extensive background in early childhood education, developmental theory and research, cognitive-behavior therapy, and school psychology.  She previously worked as a full time school psychologist for 6 years, both at the district and intermediate unit levels.  Dr. Ball's areas of interest and expertise include individual therapy for children with ADHD, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, and social difficulties/deficits.  She works closely with parents and school systems to enhance the effectiveness of interventions.  Dr. Ball also conducts comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for children and adolescents, and leads social skills groups for children with social difficulties.  Dr. Ball serves as a committee chair on the School Psychology Board of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

Mara Erin Dixon

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(Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 2007), a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, has clinical training in assessment and in individual, family, and group therapies in school, college, and outpatient clinic settings, including Villanova University and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  She has worked as a school psychologist in the Rose Tree Media and Upper Darby School Districts.  Dr. Dixon has specific interest and experience treating and assessing young children (ages three through ten).  Other professional areas of interest include anxiety, depression, divorce/ separation,  social skill development, school consultation, and family therapy. 

 

Klodjana Duri

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(Ed.S., Bryn Mawr College, 2012; Psy.D., Chestnut Hill College, 2013) is a certified school psychologist. Dr. Duri received clinical training in assessment and in individual, family, and group psychotherapies at Central Montgomery MH/MR Center, Gwynedd Psychological Services, Lenape Valley Foundation, the Melmark School, and the Crefeld School. She completed her school psychology internship at Cheltenham High School in connection with Bryn Mawr's School Psychology Certification program. She then completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. At CSI, Dr. Duri provides individual therapy with children, adolescents, and young adults, with particular expertise in working with adolescents who have emotional and behavioral regulation issues. She also conducts psychological/psychoeducational evaluations. Dr. Duri has a strong interest in autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, depression, sexual identity, and oppositional/defiant behaviors. In addition, Dr. Duri co-leads a social anxiety group for Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore students with autism spectrum disorders.

Timothy Edge

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(Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College, 2005), a licensed and certified school psychologist, has received clinical training in assessment and in individual, family, and group psychotherapies at the Child Study Institute, Marple Newtown School District, St. Gabriel's System, the Princeton University Counseling Center, and the University of Pennsylvania Counseling Center. He has served as a school psychology consultant in a suburban independent school. He has been employed as a school psychologist in various Main Line public schools since 2002. His interests are in learning and emotional disorders, student development, attachment, and family systems.

 

Staci Heindel

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(Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 2003), a licensed and Pennsylvania certified school psychologist, formerly served as the Co-director of Assessment Services (2008 – 2010) and the Coordinator of School Admission Services (2004 – 2008) at Child Study Institute. At present, Dr. Heindel's primary focus of practice is in the identification and remediation of learning, behavioral, and emotional differences in children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Heindel has received clinical training in psychoeducational and psychological assessment, as well as individual, family, and group psychotherapies through work at Child Study Institute, Elwyn Nonpublic School Program, St Gabriel's System, and Villanova University Counseling Center. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center and her postdoctoral training at Child Study Institute. She has served as a school psychology consultant in inner-city and suburban independent school settings. Dr. Heindel taught the year-long Introduction to Assessment course in the Bryn Mawr College Clinical Developmental Doctoral Psychology Program (2009 – 2011).


Roberta Krauss

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(Ph.D., 1996, M.Ed., 1991, Temple University) is a licensed and school-certified psychologist. Prior to joining the staff at CSI, Dr. Krauss worked in the public school system (Delaware County Intermediate Unit) with children from preschool through high school providing psychological evaluations, designing special education programming, consulting with parents and teachers, and providing crisis intervention services. She was Adjunct Professor in Special Education at St. Joseph's University where she taught courses in educational assessment and instructional strategies. Dr. Krauss specializes in early childhood development. She has provided developmental assessments and designed intervention programming for infants, toddlers and preschoolers in local early Intervention programs, Head Start centers, and hospital settings.  Dr. Krauss serves on the conference planning committee of the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, and has provided talks on early reading development and the importance of play at local independent schools.  Since joining the staff of CSI in 2002, Dr. Krauss has focused her clinical practice on evaluations with toddlers through middle-schoolers, combining her expertise in psychology, education, and early childhood.  In therapy with preschoolers, she addresses social-emotional and behavioral concerns using a developmentally-appropriate and play-based cognitive behavorial therapy (CBT) approach.  She also consults with parents and preschool teachers to support the child's development and school readiness.

 

Jennifer Mirak Leach

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(Bryn Mawr College, 1999) is a certified school psychologist and Director of CSI’s Student Support Services. Dr. Leach has received training is assessment and individual psychotherapy with children and adolescents at the Children's Seashore House, Northwestern Human Services in Philadelphia, and the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU).  For six years, she conducted comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for both early-intervention and school-age children.  At CSI she provides executive function coaching to middle school and high school students, both individually and in a group format.  Areas of interest include ADHD, executive function, and reading disabilities. 

Suzanne Mischell Nangle

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(Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 2014, MA, Bryn Mawr College, 2006, MS Old Dominion University, 2001) is a certified school psychologist.  She has worked in both the home and school settings, in-patient and residential settings, and in the community-based mental health setting.  Dr. Nangle has training in individual, family and group therapy, as well as in assessment in children, adolescents and adults.  She has worked as a school psychologist in Haverford Township School District, and completed her predoctoral clinical internship at NHS Human Services.  Her clinical interests include autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, and psychoeducational assessment. 

 

Amy M. Neeren

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(Ph.D., Temple University, 2006) is a licensed clinical psychologist who divides her time between clinical practice, teaching, research, and consultation. She received her graduate school training at Temple University, post-doctoral training at Drexel University’s Obesity and Eating Disorder Program, and currently is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Haverford College. Dr. Neeren’s areas of interest include providing cognitive-behavioral therapy to adolescents and adults experiencing eating disorder symptoms, weight management difficulties, and body image issues. She has authored and co-authored several articles focused on the association of psychosocial and cognitive risk factors associated with the onset, course, and outcome of mood and eating disorders.

 

Andrea Koban Payne

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(Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1998) is a licensed and certified school psychologist.  She received her clinical training at Children’s Seashore House of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she was trained in developmental and psychoeducational evaluations and cognitive-behavior therapy with toddlers to school-age children and their families.  She also received training in psychoeducational assessment and consultation in the Pennsbury School District.  Dr. Koban Payne also worked at the CARES Institute (Child Abuse Research, Education, and Service) of New Jersey conducting evaluations and therapy with sexually abused children and their families, as well as the School District of Philadelphia where her focus was on early literacy and early childhood education.  Her interests include providing trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy to victims of child sexual abuse, as well as assessment of developmental delay, school readiness, learning difficulties, and giftedness.  Dr. Koban Payne is a child development instructor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.


Leslie A. Rescorla

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(Ph.D., Yale University, 1976), Director of CSI, is a licensed and school certified psychologist. She received her clinical training at the Yale Child Study Center, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. Her clinical areas of interest are psychological assessment of learning disabilities; assessment and treatment of young children with language delay and pervasive developmental disorder; individual and family therapy for youngsters with attention deficit disorder, anxiety problems, and oppositional defiant disorder; and psychoeducational intervention with adolescent under-achievers. Her research interests include empirically based assessment of children and adults, language delay, and academic achievement trajectories. She teaches Developmental Psychopathology as well as Consultation and Practice Issues in School Psychology in Bryn Mawr's doctoral program.

 

Mary M. Riggio

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(Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 2009) is a certified school psychologist. Dr. Riggio received clinical training in assessment and individual, family, and group psychotherapies at the Child Study Institute, Upper Darby School District, Warwick House, the University of Pennsylvania Counseling Center, and John F. Kennedy Community Center. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Riggio's primary areas of interest include psychoeducational evaluations of children and young adults as well as treatment of anxiety, depression, social deficits, and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Riggio co-leads social skills groups for children and young adolescents. She has taught in the Counseling Psychology Department at Eastern University.


Carol Roberts

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(Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 1981; MA, Bryn Mawr College, 1966) , Coordinator of Psychotherapy Services, School Admissions Testing, and Special Education Consultation Services, is a licensed and school-certified psychologist.  Prior to taking an apointment at Bryn Mawr in 2000, she spent 23 years as a psychologist in the Upper Darby School District.  In addition to having done many assessments of school age children, she has taught Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School Psychology in Bryn Mawr's doctoral program in psychology.  Her current professional specialties include parent as well as parent-school consultation on assessment, Section 504 and special education issues, mediation of school-parent disagreements, and participation in IEP meetings.

Michele Robins

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(Bryn Mawr College, 1992) is a licensed and school certified psychologist. She is a clinical/developmental and neuropsychologist with expertise in the area of assessment of children, adolescents and adults with learning and emotional problems including autism spectrum disorders. As a clinical associate at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and a former director of psychology training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Robins consults and lectures widely on the treatment of disorders throughout the lifespan. As a fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy as well as family therapist, Dr. Robins uniquely integrates cognitive behavior therapy, family therapy and school consultation to create individualized treatment for individuals with learning and mood disorders.

Alexis Bennett Rosenfeld

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(Bryn Mawr College, 2004) is a licensed and certified school psychologist. In addition to working at CSI, she has worked as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Psychology at Bryn Mawr College, and as a psychotherapist at the Villanova University Counseling Center. Dr. Rosenfeld completed a clinical internship at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, where she received training in individual, family, and group therapies. Dr. Rosenfeld has also received training in therapy and psychoeducational assessment at CSI, the Renfrew Center in Bryn Mawr, Northwestern Human Services in Philadelphia, and the Marple-Newtown School District. Dr. Rosenfeld's main areas of interest include assessment and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults.

 

Diana Saunders

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(Psy.D, Widener University, 2010; BA, Rutgers University, 2002)   Dr. Saunders is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in providing therapy to families with children with behavioral/emotional disorders, trauma, attachment difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, and problems related to adoption. Dr. Saunders is certified in systemic structural family therapy by the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center. Her clinical experience includes providing family-based therapy for Child Guidance Resource Centers (CGRC) and Family Therapy and Consultation Services (FTCS), diagnostic evaluations for the Center for Autism, work in the Wallingford-Swarthmore school district and the School in Rose Valley, and therapy for students at the Widener University Counseling Center.  She also has over ten years of experience working as an Applied Behavioral Analyst.

 

Linda W. Taylor

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(Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 1989), is a licensed and school certified psychologist and is the Director of Academic and Career Counseling at CSI. Dr. Taylor's interests and expertise include assessment and counseling of adolescents, adults, and children and their families, who have learning, social, emotional, and attentional difficulties requiring academic and/or workplace accommodations. She also provides assessment and consultation for adolescents and adults who require accommodations for state and national professional licensing exams. Dr. Taylor provides school and college guidance and life planning and career counseling for adolescents and adults of all ages, and for international students and their families. In addition to experience providing therapy, assessment, and consultation in public and private schools and residential placements, she has experience as a college teacher, administrator, counselor, and student advisor, and as a trainer and supervisor of school psychologists and school counselors.

 

 Danielle Trucksess

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(Bryn Mawr College 2009) is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist. Dr. Trucksess’s clinical training includes developmental psychology, psychoeducational assessment, and cognitive-behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Following a two year placement at the Drexel University Counseling Center, Dr. Trucksess completed a clinical internship at the University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services Center, after which she continued to provide psychological services to the young adult population at West Chester University Counseling Center.  Dr. Trucksess received specialized training in exposure-based treatments for anxiety disorders at the Center for Treatment and the Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania, and currently conducts cognitive-behavioral therapy at The Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center in Bala Cynwyd, PA.  Dr. Trucksess has also worked as a school psychologist at the Upper Darby School District and The Philadelphia School.  At Child Study Institute she conducts psychological testing and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults.

Elna Yadin

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(Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 1979) is a licensed psychologist and a neuroscientist. She received her training at Bryn Mawr College, at the University of Pennsylvania, and at the Children's Seashore House in Philadelphia. Her areas of interest include individual therapy in adults and children with anxiety disorders (e.g., obsessive-compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, and specific phobias), and assessment of attentional and learning difficulties in adults and children. Dr. Yadin is fluent in English and Hebrew.

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