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My Background

I am a licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania. I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine where I received specialized training and instruction in developmental psychology and the assessment and treatment of child, adolescent, and adult psychopathology. Prior to moving to the Philadelphia area, I worked for two years as a licensed Psychological Examiner at KidsPeace New England in Ellsworth, Maine, a residential treatment facility for adolescents with behavioral and emotional concerns. At KidsPeace, I conducted comprehensive psychological evaluations and therapy to adolescents in residential and day-treatment programs.

I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where I provided assessment and outpatient therapy services through the Center for Management of ADHD. I also provided consultation and therapy services to children and adolescents receiving care in the Nephrology and Oncology Divisions. I stayed on at CHOP to complete my postdoctoral training in the Center for Management of ADHD. As a postdoctoral fellow, I served in several clinical and research roles across three government-funded studies that sought to develop and evaluate interventions to help improve outcomes at home and school for children with ADHD. I continue to collaborate with psychologists and pediatricians at CHOP on various research projects.

In addition to working at Pliner Psychological Associates, I am also an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University where I teach and supervise students pursuing doctoral degrees in clinical psychology. At Widener University I teach courses in child and adolescent psychopathology, cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents, and research methods. I also conduct research on how to improve mental health screening in primary care settings, effective treatments for ADHD, and parental influences on children’s emotional development, with an emphasis on identifying links with children’s mental health and social development. I have also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Drexel University and at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where I taught courses in developmental psychology, research methods and statistics, and psychological assessment to undergraduate and graduate students.

My clinical interests include the assessment and treatment of a wide range of problems faced by children, adolescents, families, and adults. Specific areas of interest include using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to address concerns related to ADHD, learning problems, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), aggression, parenting, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression. I also have extensive experience conducting comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational evaluations.

My approach to therapy places a high emphasis on the development of a strong and collaborative therapeutic relationship. With this foundation, I will help clients identify practical solutions to problems by examining the ways thoughts, emotions, relationships, and environments interact and influence the ability to achieve goals and improve well-being.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Developmental-Clinical track) from the University of Maine
  • M.A. in Psychology from the University of Maine
  • B.A. in Psychology and Human Development from Boston College
  • Predoctoral Internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at CHOP in the Center for Management of ADHD

Work Experience

  • Widener University, 2010-present. Assistant Professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. Core faculty member in training program for students pursuing their doctorate in clinical psychology. Courses taught: child and adolescent psychopathology, CBT for children and adolescents, and research methods.
  • Drexel University, 2010. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology. Instructor for an undergraduate course in psychological assessment.
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2008-2010 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology. Taught courses in developmental psychology and research methods/statistics to master’s students.
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2007-2010 Predoctoral Intern and Postdoctoral Fellow. Provided individual therapy, group therapy, and school consultation to families of children with ADHD. Conducted diagnostic evaluations in the Center for Management of ADHD and at four CHOP primary care centers. Trained and provided supervision to doctoral- and masters-level practicum students. Provided therapy and consultation services to children and adolescents receiving medical treatment in Nephrology and Oncology.
  • KidsPeace New England, 2005-2007 Psychological Examiner. Conducted psychological evaluations for residential and day treatment patients. Provided training and consultation for direct care staff and case managers. Supervised doctoral-level practicum students.
About Dr. Michael C. Cassano, Licensed Psychologist in PA
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