Dr. Smith-Simon is a licensed clinical psychologist trained in the evaluation and treatment of a variety of children’s mental health issues. Specific interests include the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders, family interaction issues and behavior disorders. Dr. Smith-Simon works with children and adolescents, their parents and others in a child’s environment to provide the best care based soundly in clinical and developmental research. Throughout the course of her training and career she has participated in several research studies examining evidence-based clinical treatments, children’s emotional and social development and family interactions. Currently, Dr. Smith-Simon’s clinical work is split between MidStep and The Penn State Psychological Clinic.
Education and Training:
- Post-Doctoral Training, The Penn State Psychological Clinic & MidStep Centers for Child Development
- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Penn State University
- Pre-Doctoral Internship, Pediatric Psychology, Geisinger Medical Center
- B.A., Psychology & Women’s Studies, The University of Michigan
To inquire about psychological services with Dr. Smith-Simon please contact her directly at her MidStep email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description of initial assessment: Depending on the referral issue and Dr. Smith-Simon’s availability all new patients participate in an initial psychological assessment. Typically, the first meeting is with parents. During this meeting information about current concerns and general background is discussed. This appointment typically lasts approximately 90 minutes and you will be given questionnaires to complete and bring back to the second appointment. The second appointment is typically with a child or adolescent and lasts about 50-60 minutes. This appointment focuses on 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. The final assessment meeting serves as a feedback session to go over all of the information gathered through interviews and questionnaires and 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 form 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. The service agreement and privacy notice are for your review and records. The consent form will be signed together at the first appointment after discussing the service agreement and privacy notice. Please bring the completed parent application to the initial appointment. A release of information form may be signed as needed.