Individual, couples, and family counseling for children, adolescents and adults

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About Us

Amy L. Kavanaugh, Ph.D .
NJ Licensed Psychologist #4710

B.A. with Highest Honors, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
June, 1985. Major: Psychology. Minor: Biology.

M.A. with Distinction, DePaul University, Chicago, IL. June, 1989.
APA Approved Program. Concentration: Clinical Child Psychology

Ph.D., DePaul University, Chicago, IL. June 2002.
APA Approved Program. Concentration: Clinical Child Psychology.

LICENSE: NJ License #4710, issued 8/5/09


8/09 -present
Strides in Psychotherapy. Conduct psychotherapy and psychological
evaluations with children, families, and adults in a private practice setting.

4/95 -present
Dorothy Hersh Regional Child Protection Center
at Saint Peter's University Hospital.
Position conducting psychological assessments with adults and children in cases of abuse and neglect. Responsibilities include psychological assessments as well as consultation with the Division of Youth and Family Services and the Courts. Consultant from 4/95-10/96, employee from 10/96-present

Saint Peter's University Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Follow-up Program. Conducted developmental assessments with high-risk children, ages six months to four years, utilizing the Bayley Scales of Infant Development and the Stanford Binet Intelligence Scales. Worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team including physicians, nurses, speech therapists, and physical therapists.

1/92 -12/96
Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center.
Staff Psychologist specializing in treatment of children and families. Responsibilities included intake evaluations, play therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and parent consultation. Specialization in assessment and treatment of preschool and latency-aged children as well as victims of sexual abuse and their families.

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,
Community Mental Health Center at Newark.
Mental Health Clinician in the Child & Adolescent Unit, Preschool Services. Therapist and case-manager for children attending the Therapeutic Nursery partial - hospitalization program. Responsibilities included intake assessments, play therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and parent consultation, as well as consultation with Therapeutic Nursery staff, Division of Youth and Family Services, and the Courts. Involvement in development and implementation of new Therapeutic Kindergarten program.

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,
Community Mental Health Center at Piscataway.
Internship in Clinical/Community Psychology. Experience in outpatient therapy with children, families, adults, and groups, as well as psychological evaluations (Community Mental Health Center - Edison/Metuchen Office). Specialized experience in child sexual abuse evaluations and treatment (Family Relations Center), diagnostic evaluation with preschool children (Diagnostic Nursery), and emergency psychiatric evaluation (Acute Psychiatric Services).

North Shore Consultation Center, Northbrook, IL.
Conducted psychological re-evaluations and attended multidisciplinary IEP staffings for children receiving special education services in the Chicago Public Schools.

Byron Center, Chicago, IL.
Functioned as a respite worker,providing behavioral management and recreational activities and support for developmentally disabled children and their families.


Awarded a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Child Maltreatment, with a specialization in Child Sexual Abuse, from the New Jersey Child Abuse Training Institute

10/93 - 4/94
&10/94 - 4/95
Family Therapy Training Program, Iolie Walbridge of the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. Didactic presentations, live supervision, and consultation with ongoing family therapy cases.

10/89 - 5/90
Family Therapy Training Program, UMDNJ-Piscataway. Training program in family therapy theory and methods including weekly didactic taught by Monica McGoldrick, ACSW, and weekly supervision of ongoing family therapy cases


American Psychological Association

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

New Jersey Psychological Association