Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Pelletier is thrilled to be back in State College with her husband and two sons, so they can be closer to their families in PA and MA! Dr. Pelletier was most recently in private practice in Logan, UT, at Mt. Logan Clinic from 2010 – 2015.
Dr. Pelletier grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated with high distinction from Penn State University in 2000, with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Biology. She worked for two years in a research lab at The Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Pelletier attended Utah State University, graduating with a PhD in Combined Clinical / Counseling / School Psychology in 2008.
As part of her training Dr. Pelletier performed individual, group, and family therapy in a variety of settings. She completed a one-year, APA-approved internship at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT, where she received specialized training in use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy with adolescents. Dr. Pelletier worked for two years as a School Psychologist in Utah providing psychoeducational assessments for students being considered for special education services.
Dr. Pelletier specializes in working with adolescents, particularly those with eating disorders, self-harming behaviors, anxiety, and / or mood disorders. Dr. Pelletier also specializes in treating anxiety disorders in school age children (including OCD), and in behavioral parent training for disruptive behavior disorders (e.g., ADHD; ODD).
Dr. Pelletier utilizes evidence-based interventions (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); behavior management techniques) and she plans to provide individual therapy services, as well as group-based DBT services, as part of her private practice in State College. She believes consultation with other professionals (e.g., pediatricians, dietitians, school teams) is often essential to effective treatment. Additionally, Dr. Pelletier greatly values the role of parents, and views them as the experts on their own children.
Highmark Blue Shield
MHNet (Behavioral Health Manager for most HealthAmerica plans)
Capital Blue Cross (not Keystone Health Central)
UPMC Commercial Plans
To inquire about psychological services with Dr. Pelletier, please contact her directly at: (814) 235-1100 x108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description of initial assessment: Depending on the referral issue and Dr. Pelletier’s availability, all new patients participate in an initial psychological assessment that spans 2-3 sessions. Typically, the first meeting is with parents, unless the patient is 14 years of age or older. In that case the meeting is with parents and the patient. During this initial meeting information about the presenting concerns, and relevant background information is gathered. This appointment typically lasts approximately 90 minutes and will involve completion of various behavior rating scales. Note: completion of the scales may occur through a web-based platform, and ideally will occur prior to the initial appointment.
The second appointment is typically just with the child or adolescent patient and lasts between 50 and 60 minutes. This appointment focuses on establishing a positive relationship with the patient, and gathering information from your child’s perspective.
A release of information may be signed to exchange information with other relevant people in your child’s life (e.g., teacher, pediatrician).
A 50-60 minute family session in which all members of the family come in together may also be scheduled at this point, if it is clinically indicated.
The final assessment meeting serves as a feedback session to go over all of the information gathered through interviews and questionnaires, to discuss a treatment plan.
Required paperwork: Prior to the first session, initial information (e.g., contact and billing information), is gathered by calling the main office number 235-1100 and speaking with Alisha Munda at Ext. 102. In addition, a completed Financial Responsibility Agreement must be submitted prior to scheduling the first appointment. This allows for a confirmation of your health insurance coverage, including information about your deductible and co-pay for mental health services. There are several documents that are part of an initial assessment and are available on this page, and through the Simple Practice Patient Portal (you will be sent an e-mail inviting you to download the information in that manner). The Services Agreement and Privacy Notice are for your review and records. The Consent Form will be signed together at the first appointment after discussing the Services Agreement and Privacy Notice. It is very helpful to review the Services Agreement and Privacy Notice prior to the first session. Please bring the completed Intake Questionnaire to the initial appointment (it can also be downloaded via the web-based Patient Portal of Simple Practice— an e-mail invitation will be sent to you via the Simple Practice website that I use to manage my practice schedule and patient information). A Release of Information Form may be signed as needed. At the first or second session I will typically request the releases necessary to provide the best care to my patient.