Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Evidence-Based Therapy in Media, PA
Inna Leiter, Psy.D.
Specializing in Anxiety, OCD, and Behavior Problems (including PCIT)
Dr. Inna Leiter has been trained on the cutting-edge, gold standard treatments within the field of clinical psychology throughout her graduate studies at Harvard University and the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. Her scientific research at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University have led her to author a peer-reviewed scholarly journal article and present at multiple national conventions. She has provided cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of clinical settings, including academic medical centers and outpatient mental health centers. With certifications in Trauma-Focused CBT and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), as well as expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Exposure/Response Prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Dr. Leiter employs evidence-based treatments for anxiety, mood, behavior, and relational difficulties.
Commencement Speech by Dr. Leiter
Filmed at Stanford University, 2016
Lauren Hallinan, LPC
Specializing in Behavior Problems (including PCIT), ADHD Treatment and Evaluation, and Autism
Lauren Hallinan is a National Board Certified Counselor and Licensed Behavioral Specialist with a sub-specialty in evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents experiencing difficulties related to behavior problems, Autism, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She is a nationally certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapist (PCIT) with particular expertise in treating children ages 2-7 with severe acting out behaviors (e.g. intense tantrums, defiance, aggression). Moreover, she has extensive experience with treating Autism (across all levels of severity) and ADHD with a focus on empowering caregivers with the most effective, empirically-supported tools to help their children thrive. Lauren is skilled at utilizing humor, warmth, and her extensive base of knowledge to engage kids in meaningful treatment programs that improve not just the child's functioning, but that of the entire family.
Gabrielle Massi, Psy.D.
Specializing in Behavior Problems in Young Children (including PCIT), OCD, ADHD Treatment (Especially Executive Functioning) and ADHD Evaluation, Anxiety, Trauma, Grief, and Autism
Dr. Gabrielle Massi is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Center for CBT. Dr. Massi completed her graduate training at La Salle University, with a specialty in child clinical psychology. Dr. Massi continued her training as a doctoral intern at Intercommunity Action providing services for children, families, adults, and couples. Dr. Massi completed her post doctoral training at the Center for CBT. Dr. Massi has experience working in a variety of settings with children and adolescents, including outpatient clinics, schools, in home, and residential facilities. Dr. Massi specializes in providing evidenced-based treatments to children and families, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP),Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills. Dr. Massi has a breadth of expertise treating individuals with behavioral difficulties, anxiety, OCD, trauma, grief, and autism. Dr. Massi also specializes in conducting Autism and ADHD evaluations. Dr. Massi aims to help families and children gain the confidence to utilize effective tools and to create positive outcomes and change in the family’s functioning.
Theresa Egan, Ph.D.
Specializing in ADHD Treatment and Evaluation, Behavior Problems, Executive Functioning Difficulties, and Anxiety
Dr. Theresa Egan is a clinical psychologist who has advanced training in evidence-based, gold standard treatments for children and adolescents, including behavioral interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and organizational skills training. In addition to clinical settings, Dr. Egan has worked in schools and gained extensive experience providing consultation to school staff on evidence-based behavioral interventions. Dr. Egan completed her graduate studies at Appalachian State University and Ohio University, as well as an internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Center for Management of ADHD at CHOP. Dr. Egan has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed research publications and presented extensively at professional research conferences, primarily on interventions to address ADHD and executive functioning concerns in youth. She specializes in interventions for children and adolescents with ADHD, behavioral concerns (i.e. oppositional defiance, tantrums), executive functioning difficulties (i.e. organization, planning, time management), and anxiety. Dr. Egan uses a collaborative, warm, and supportive approach to design and implement evidence-based interventions that work for each family's needs.
Bernadette Dougherty, Psy.D.
Specializing in Adolescent and Adult Treatment for: Anxiety, Depression, Perfectionism, Trauma, Suicide, Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Chronic Pain, Chronic Illness, Gender Affirming Evaluations and Care, Pre-Surgical Evaluations, Sleep Interventions, Borderline Personality Disorder, and High Risk Behaviors
Dr. Bernadette Dougherty is a clinical psychologist who specializes in evidence-based treatments for adolescents and adults, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Her approach to treatment is collaborative, individualized, warm, and validating.
Dr. Dougherty completed her doctoral degree at La Salle University, training at sites including the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Corporal Michael V. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has authored several peer-reviewed research publications and presented at professional research conferences. Her dissertation, Longitudinal Impact of Parental Catastrophizing on Child Functional Disability in Pediatric Amplified Pain, was published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Dr. Dougherty completed her doctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, receiving extensive training in evidence-based interventions for trauma, anxiety, depression, crisis intervention, solid organ transplant, chronic illness, and gender-affirming care. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University, with advanced specialty training in DBT, trauma, and harm reduction approaches to substance use.
Kennedy Wong, Psy.D.
Specializing in Adolescent and Adult Treatment For: OCD, Panic Attacks, Trauma, Self-Esteem, and Adjustment to Cancer Diagnosis/Treatment/Survivorship
Dr. Kennedy Wong is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the Center for CBT. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in three years, Dr. Wong completed her doctoral training at La Salle University. She continued on as a doctoral intern at Christiana Care Health System, providing services for cancer patients and their family members. Most recently, she published A Scoping Review of Psychosocial Interventions Promoting Posttraumatic Growth in Oncology, in the Journal for Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice (JPORP). Dr. Wong also provided outpatient psychotherapy as an integrated behavioral health consultant within a primary care office treating individuals 13 and older. Moreover, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy, she provided psychodiagnostic assessments and psychotherapy to adults presenting with a variety of anxiety, depressive, and trauma-related concerns. She has experience working in a range of other settings with adults, adolescents, and families, including community mental health centers, primary care offices, and hospital facilities. Dr. Wong has a breadth of experience treating and assessing individuals with depressive disorders, trauma, generalized anxiety, social and performance-based anxiety, and emotion regulation difficulties. She has additional experience treating illness anxiety, caregiver distress, and helping clients cope with cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Dr. Wong currently specializes in providing evidence based treatments (i.e., CBT, ERP, CPT, MCPT) for adults and adolescents coping with OCD, panic attacks, trauma, low self-esteem, and the adjustment to cancer diagnosis/treatment/survivorship. Dr. Wong aims to empower her clients to learn cognitive and behavioral strategies for managing life’s stressors and building a life worth living.
Jenny Plotnick, Psy.D.
Specializing in Child and Adolescent Anxiety / Health Related Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Behavioral Problems (including PCIT), as well as Postpartum Depression in Adults
Dr. Jenny Plotnick is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for CBT. Dr. Plotnick completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan and her doctoral training at La Salle University, with a specialty in Child Clinical Psychology. Dr. Plotnick continued her training as a doctoral intern at Intercommunity Action, where she provided services for children, adults, and families. Dr. Plotnick specializes in providing evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in various settings, including outpatient clinics, hospitals, and schools. Dr. Plotnick has expertise in working with children and adolescents presenting with anxiety, depression, and trauma. She is skilled in working with children and their families to address behavioral challenges at home and in school. In addition, she has expertise in working with mothers who are experiencing postpartum depression. Dr. Plotnick works to empower her clients with the necessary skills to explore emotions, identify and understand unhelpful thought and behavioral patterns, and develop effective coping techniques so that they can engage in more successful interactions and relationships with family and friends at home and in school. She strives to create a warm, supportive, safe, and collaborative environment that provides a space for hope and positive change.
Kelsey Gaier, Ph.D.
Specializing in Behavior Problems, Anxiety, Emotional Regulation, School Consultation, and Psycho-Educational Assessment
Dr. Kelsey Gaier is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for CBT. Dr. Gaier completed advanced training in School Psychology at Lehigh University, where she worked extensively with school-aged children and families with a variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and academic concerns. Dr. Gaier continued her training as a doctoral intern at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, where she provided individual, group, and family therapy in both school and pediatric primary care settings, utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) approaches. Throughout her training, Dr. Gaier has provided consultation to school-based staff on evidence-based behavioral interventions and to families on supporting their children’s mental health. She has presented at professional conferences and co-authored numerous peer reviewed publications, all focused on comprehensively supporting children/adolescents’ academic and behavioral functioning across settings.
Dr. Gaier specializes in treating and assessing individuals with behavioral problems (e.g., school refusal, defiance, etc.), anxiety, and emotional regulation difficulties. As a state certified school psychologist, Dr. Gaier is also trained in psycho-educational evaluative techniques and educational (including special education) processes and procedures. In all areas of practice, Dr. Gaier relies on evidence-based practices and an individual approach, building positive and collaborative relationships along the way.