Stephanie E. Meyer, Ph.D. (Child Psychologist)
6.6 – The Star Children (2.7.14)
Dr. Stephanie Meyer’s approach to child assessment and treatment is shaped by this belief: “Kids do well if they can.”
Coined by Dr. Ross Greene in his Collaborative Problem Solving model, this simple phrase and accompanying belief system challenge conventional wisdom about why children behave in the ways that they do. Extensive research into brain-behavior relationships suggests that children often behave in challenging ways because they lack the skills that would allow them to meet adult expectations, not because they are “manipulative,” “attention-seeking,” or “spoiled.”
If children are having difficulties meeting the demands of their particular developmental stage, then it’s our responsibility as adults to figure out what’s getting in the way.
Dr. Meyer individually designs each evaluation to reveal a child’s profile of strengths and challenges which may be impacting his or her behavior and overall functioning. This information forms the basis for making recommendations regarding appropriate in-home strategies and/or professional interventions.
Recommendations are informed by an individualized and respectful understanding of who your child is.
Dr. Meyer’s practice is grounded in empirically-based and scientifically rigorous tools and methods. Her work places the individual child at the center of care, honoring differences and assuming that each child deeply desires to live up to his or her own potential.
CREDENTIALS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Dr. Meyer has over 20 years of research and clinical experience in the field of child psychology. Her individualized approach to assessment brings together scientifically rigorous assessment methods and a spirit of openness and curiosity.
She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, and she has played a leadership role in research across a variety of institutions, including Harvard Medical School, the National Institute of Mental Health, UCLA, and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She is the former Vice President of the Los Angeles Parenting Specialists Network, and she has served as a curriculum consultant to the Jim Henson Company.
Dr. Meyer has published several articles stemming from her own and collaborative research, and she has presented her work at distinguished scientific meetings, including the International Society for Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG).