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

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About Us

Elizabeth M. Smith, Psy.D.
NJ Licensed Psychologist #3766
Educational and Training History:

Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology
Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Master of Arts and Professional Diploma in School Psychology
Jersey City State College, 1987

Bachelor of Arts
Major: Psychology, Minor: English - New York University

License And Certifications:

Psychologist: New Jersey License Number: 3766
December 1999

New Jersey State Board of Education Certifications:
School Psychologist, Supervisor, Director of Student Personnel Services

New Jersey Child Abuse Training Institute:
Certificate in Advanced Studies in Child Maltreatment
(Specialization: Child Sexual Abuse)

Honors and Awards:

Equal Justice Medal, Legal Services of New Jersey

Best Dissertation: New Jersey Psychological Association

Title: Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse: Judgments of Credibility by Psychologists and Judges.

Contemporary Social Problems Award: New Jersey Psychological Association,

Topic: Judgment Bias in Clinical and Judicial Decisions Regarding Child Sexual Abuse.

cum laude, Founder's Day Award, Honors in Psychology, Department Award for Excellence in Research, Dean's List, Foremost-McKesson Scholarship: New York University

Professional Experience:

Psychologist at Strides In Psychotherapy, PC

9/97 - 12/31/17
Private Practice
66 Maple Avenue
Morristown, New Jersey 07962

Forensic Assessment of adults and children specializing in child maltreatment, attachment issues, sexual abuse, parental competency and general child custody matters. Expert testimony is provided in these areas.

Psychotherapy with adults and children specializing in trauma, foster care issues, learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, depression and anxiety.

Psychological evaluation of personality and psychoeducational issues of adults and children.

School consultation.

11/05 to 4/08
Forensic Coordinator
Saint Clare's Hospital
Center for the Protection of Children
Community Diagnostic and Treatment Program
Boonton, New Jersey

The Center for the Protection of Children is a hospital based program contracted by the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). It provides assessment and treatment services to children and adults who have been referred to the Division because of child abuse and neglect. Responsibilities include supervision of forensic assessments, as well as training and consultation with staff members and students.

Fall 2005
Adjunct Professor
Montclair State University
Center for Child Advocacy
Course Title: Child Abuse and Neglect

Division of Youth and Family Services
SSI Project, Legal Services of New Jersey
Jewish Educational Association, Metrowest

12/98 to 12/00
CDC is a multidisciplinary, private Child Study Team serving children and families struggling with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders and other difficulties that impact on learning and achievement. Responsibilities include psychological assessment and treatment.

9/92 to 12/98
Psychologist, Supervisor: Forensic Unit
Family Enrichment Program (FEP)
Morristown Memorial Hospital
Morristown, New Jersey

FEP is a nonprofit program specializing in the evaluation and treatment of families affected by child abuse and neglect. It is contracted by the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) to provide assessment, treatment and other clinical services. Responsibilities included conducting forensic evaluations, providing expert testimony in both family and criminal courts, providing supervision, training and consultation to staff members and students, and conducting training with other lay and professional groups (e.g., CASA). In addition, individual and group psychotherapy with children and adults was provided.

2/91 to 9/92
School Psychologist
Holmdel Board of Education, Holmdel, New Jersey

Holmdel was a pilot district for the Plan to Revise Special Education in New Jersey. As a member of the Child Study Team serving the Village Elementary School and the Indian Hill School (Preschool Handicap through Grade 5), responsibilities included assessment, program planning, case management, school counseling, and teacher consultation.

9/88 to 2/91
School Psychologist
Elizabeth Board of Education
Elizabeth, New Jersey

During tenure was a member of two Child Study Teams, serving George Washington Elementary School and Elmora Elementary School. Elizabeth was also a pilot district for the Plan to Revise and employment began at the start of its implementation. Responsibilities included assessment, program planning, case management, school counseling, teacher consultation, and service on the Student Resource Committee. As a member of the George Washington Team was responsible for assessment, case management and teacher consultation to the Preschool Handicap Program. Also conducted numerous fee for service evaluations with middle school and high school students.

9/87 to 8/88
Child Study Center
Staten Island. New York

The Child Study Center is a private preschool contracted by the city of New York to provide special education services. Responsibilities included assessment teacher consultation and individual and group psychotherapy.

Special Training:

11/93 to 11/94
Child Sexual Abuse Consultation Project

Participation in a yearlong group supervision program designed to develop clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of sexual abuse. This program is funded through the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse.

9/92 to 5/93
Group Psychotherapy Training
Participation in a two semester, intensive training. at Rutgers University designed to hone group psychotherapy skills.

Program Planning and Evaluation
Completion of two semester course at Rutgers University to provide intensive training in program planning and evaluation.

Training Experiences:

9/86 to 5/87
Union City Board of Education
Union City, New Jersey
Extern in School Psychology

6/87 to 8/87
Addiction Rehabilitative Treatment Services Program (ARTS)
Beth Israel Hospital, Passaic, New Jersey
Psychology Extern

9/85 to 5/87
Reading Clinic, Jersey City State College
Jersey City, New Jersey
Teaching Assistant in School Psychology

9/83 to 6/84
Psychology Department
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Teaching Assistant: Adolescent and Developmental Psychology

6/82 to 6/83

Infant Studies Program
New York University
Research Assistant

Professional Activities:

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, New Jersey Chapter:
Secretary, January 2002 to July 2003
Board Member, January 2001 to July 2003
Publications Committee, 1996 to 2000
Domestic Violence Working Group of Morris County: Children's Issues Committee, 1996; 2007


Essentials of Child Study Team Evaluations" Legal Services of New Jersey, Educational Law Department, Edison, New Jersey

Anxiety Disorders as Components of Mood Disorders." Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Morristown, Morristown, New Jersey

Recognizing Learning Disabilities." Legal Services of New Jersey, SSI Project, Edison, New Jersey

Therapeutic Interventions for Treating Abused Children: Facilitating Healing and Understanding." 13th Annual Community Child Abuse Prevention Conference, Hudson County Child Abuse Prevention Center, Secaucus, New Jersey

Psychological Testing in Forensic Assessment." Legal Services of New Jersey Annual Conference, Eatontown New Jersey

Child Sexual Abuse – Because there is a way to prevent it." DYFS Community Presentation, Mt. Olive Child Care Center, Flanders New Jersey

Psychological Testing in Child Welfare Cases", Legal Services of New Jersey, Edison New Jersey

Judgment Issues in the Determination of Sexual Abuse in Disputed Custody Litigation", New Jersey APSAC, New Jersey

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder", Contemporary Issues in Pediatrics, Children's Medical Center, Atlantic Health System, Morristown New Jersey

Sexual Abuse Allegations in the Context of Divorce and Custody",
(Co-presenter: Susan Cohen Esquilin, Ph.D.) N. J. Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, Sixth Conference, New Brunswick N.J

Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse: Judgments of Credibility by Psychologists and Judges", Annual conference of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Miami, Florida

Forensic versus Clinical Evaluation", Student Seminar, Institute of Behavioral Health, Morristown Memorial Hospital

Clinical Judgment Research: Implications for Practice", Family Enrichment Program, Morristown Memorial Hospital

Depression", Berlex Laboratories, Wayne, New Jersey

Reducing Stress Through Effective Parenting" Adoptive Mother's Club
of Morris County

Factors Affecting Professional Judgments of Child Sexual Abuse." (Poster Session) Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, New York, New York,

"Judgment Differences Between Mental Health Professionals and Judges Regarding Child Sexual Abuse." (Poster Session) Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, New York, New York

Professional Associations:

New Jersey Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
American Professional Society for the Abuse of Children
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts