Leslie A. Rescorla, Director of the Child Study Institute (Ph.D. 1976 Yale University), is a licensed and school certified psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Bryn Mawr College. 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 autism spectrum disorders; 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 Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology, and Movies and Madness.
Mara Erin Dixon (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. She has specific interest and experience treating and assessing young children (ages 3 through 10). Other professional areas of interest include anxiety, depression, divorce/separation, social skill development, school consultation, and family therapy.
Klodjana Duri (Psy.D. 2013 Chestnut Hill College, Ed.S. 2012 Bryn Mawr College) is a certified school psychologist. She 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, she 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. She has a strong interest in autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, depression, sexual identity, and oppositional/defiant behaviors. In addition, she co-leads a social anxiety group for Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore students with autism spectrum disorders.
Timothy Edge (Ph.D. 2005 Bryn Mawr College), 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 (Ph.D. 2003 Bryn Mawr College), a licensed and Pennsylvania certified school psychologist, formerly served as the co-director of assessment services (2008–10) and the coordinator of school admission services (2004–08) at the Child Study Institute. At present, her primary focus of practice is in the identification and remediation of learning, behavioral, and emotional differences in children, adolescents, and young adults. She 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 the Child Study Institute. She has served as a school psychology consultant in inner-city and suburban independent school settings. She taught the year-long Introduction to Assessment course in the Bryn Mawr College Clinical Developmental Doctoral Psychology Program (2009–11).
Roberta Krauss (Ph.D. 1996, M.Ed. 1991, Temple University) is a licensed and school-certified psychologist. Prior to joining the staff at CSI, she 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 an adjunct professor in special education at St. Joseph's University, where she taught courses in educational assessment and instructional strategies. She specializes in early childhood development and has provided developmental assessments and designed intervention programming for infants, toddlers and preschoolers in local early Intervention programs, Head Start centers, and hospital settings. She served on the conference planning committee of the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, and has provided talks on reading development and the importance of play at local independent schools. Since joining the staff of CSI in 2002, she has focused her clinical practice on evaluations and therapy with toddlers through high school aged students, combining her expertise in psychology, education, and development. In therapy, she addresses social-emotional and behavioral concerns using developmentally-appropriate cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness approaches. She also consults with parents and teachers to support appropriate educational progress, and provides independent educational evaluations.
Jennifer Mirak Leach (Ph.D. 1999, M.A. 1995, Bryn Mawr College) 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 (Ph.D. 2014, M.A. 2006, Bryn Mawr College; M.S. 2001 Old Dominion University) 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. She 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 (Ph.D. 2006 Temple University) 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, with post-doctoral training at Drexel University’s Obesity and Eating Disorder Program. She has taught Abnormal Psychology at Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College. Her areas of interest include providing cognitive-behavioral therapy to adolescents and adults experiencing eating disorder symptoms, weight management difficulties, body image issues, anxiety disorders, and depression. 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, anxiety, and eating disorders.
Andrea Koban Payne (Ph.D. 1998 University of Pennsylvania) 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. She 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. She is a child development instructor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mary M. Riggio (Ph.D. 2009 Bryn Mawr College) is a licensed and certified school psychologist. She 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. Her primary areas of interest include psychoeducational evaluations of children and young adults as well as treatment of anxiety, depression, social deficits, and behavioral difficulties. She co-leads social skills groups for children and young adolescents.
Carol Roberts (Ph.D. 1981, M.A. 1966, Bryn Mawr College), coordinator of psychotherapy services, school admissions testing, and special education consultation services, is a licensed and school-certified psychologist. Prior to taking an appointment 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 (Ph.D. 1992 Bryn Mawr College) 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, she 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, she uniquely integrates cognitive behavior therapy, family therapy and school consultation to create individualized treatment for individuals with learning and mood disorders.
Diana Saunders (Psy.D. 2010 Widener University) 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. She 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 and Family Therapy and Consultation Services, 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 more than 10 years of experience working as an applied behavioral analyst.
Linda W. Taylor (Ph.D. 1989 Bryn Mawr College) is a licensed and school certified psychologist and is the director of academic and career counseling at CSI. Her 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. She 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.
Elna Yadin (Ph.D. 1979 Bryn Mawr College) is a licensed and school certified psychologist. A native of Israel, she received her doctoral degree in physiological and experimental psychology at Bryn Mawr College. She spent 20 years studying the neuroscience of anxiety and relief mechanisms in the brain as it pertains to anxiety disorders and their treatment. She then specialized in clinical psychology and had worked at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania since 1998, where until August 2015 she acted as the director of the OCD Clinic and as the foreign visitor liaison. She has been treating patients with a variety of anxiety disorder and training and supervising professionals around the world in the implementation of evidence-based treatments for OCD and PTSD. She specializes in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD, and cognitive-behavioral treatment for social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety. She is co-author with Edna Foa and Tracey Lichner of Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder therapist guide and patient workbook. She is fluent in English and Hebrew.