Gina McSheffrey-Emmons, PhD
I am a nationally certified school psychologist with over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in public schools, private schools, and clinical settings in New Jersey and New York. I recently joined Dr. Garcia’s practice in May 2018.
I earned my PhD in School Psychology and my Master’s degree with a specialization in Therapeutic Interventions from Fordham University. Prior to my graduate training, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with Honors from Binghamton University.
During my doctoral program, I completed an internship at the School-Based Mental Health Program in the Department of Pediatric Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Prior to that, I received clinical training at the School-Based Mental Health Program in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center.
I have a strong background working with individuals diagnosed with autism, anxiety, depression, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, and behavior disorders. While I specialize in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), play therapy, social skills training, and parent training, I also draw upon different approaches to best meet an individual’s unique needs.
I employ a variety of treatment modalities such as individual therapy, group therapy, parent-child dyadic therapy, and family therapy. In addition to my therapeutic work, I have extensive experience in conducting comprehensive psychological, psycho-educational, and neuropsychological assessments to develop and inform educational and therapeutic intervention programs.
As a school psychologist, I have the unique opportunity to observe the complex and dynamic social environments and challenges which children and adolescents face each day in school. This allows for a greater understanding of the nuances of their daily functioning and helps to inform my work with them in navigating their social worlds. Through my work in schools, I have been involved with crisis management, behavioral consultation, school climate and safety initiatives, and intervention programming to enhance students’ social-emotional functioning and to maximize their learning potential.
I presently work as a school psychologist in the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District as part of the Child Study Team (CST). Some of my previous work includes placements at the Randolph Public Schools, ADHD Center/Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the Department of Research Assessment and Training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
I am currently a professional member of the National Association of School Psychologists and the New Jersey Association of School Psychologists. Within a therapeutic context, my goal is to collaboratively work with individuals to build on their strengths and to foster resilience in order to bring about positive change in their lives.