Dr. Halpern is the Director of Clinical Services. In her therapeutic work at Rebecca Resnik & Associates, Dr. Halpern primarily provides evaluation and therapy services. Dr. Halpern focuses foremost on building a nurturing, supportive, honest, and empathic interpersonal therapeutic relationship with every patient, including those she evaluates. When appropriate, Dr. Halpern enjoys collaborating not only with family members, but also with other providers (i.e. doctors, teachers), to provide the highest possible level of care, and to promote health, growth, and stability.
EDUCATION: Brandeis University, B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Sociology and Certification in Elementary Education in 2000; George Washington University, Doctorate in Professional Psychology (Psy.D.) in 2008
INTERNSHIP AND POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING: APA approved internship at the Institute for Child and Family Health (ICFH), a community mental health center in Miami, FL. Psychoeducational evaluation, child/adolescent therapy, school based therapy, and parent training. Private Group Practice with focus on individual, group, and family therapy in Rockville, MD.
CREDENTIALS: Licensed Psychologist in the State of Maryland; Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia
MEMBERSHIP: Maryland Psychological Association (MPA); American Psychological Association (APA); National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology; MPA Public Education Committee.
BACKGROUND: Prior to returning to school for her doctorate, Dr. Halpern spent four years as an elementary school teacher. She taught 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and Kindergarten. Dr. Halpern has worked in private practice since earning her psychology license in February 2010, and has been with Rebecca Resnik & Associates since October 2010.
SERVICES PROVIDED: Comprehensive Evaluation (Psychoeducational, Neuropsychological, Emotional, and Admissions measures) with children, teens, and adults; Therapy with children, teens, adults, families, and groups; Parent Training & Consultation; Educational Consultation; Supervision; Speaking Engagements; and Advocacy
Dr. Halpern’s primary specialty is evaluation. Dr. Halpern designs and administers personalized assessments for patients of all ages and demographics. Dr. Halpern’s reports and recommendations are individualized in consideration of test data, and with the particular needs of the patient and family in mind. Dr. Halpern seeks to understand, integrate, and explain educational, social-emotional, cognitive, and adaptive strengths and weaknesses to support each patient as a ‘whole’ person, and to inform recommendations for every aspect of day to day life. Dr. Halpern’s observations of, and interactions with, the patient during testing are a significant component of her evaluations. With this in mind, Dr. Halpern works directly with the patient throughout the duration of the testing process.
In therapy, Dr. Halpern similarly develops treatment plans based on the specific needs and goals of the patient(s). Dr. Halpern has completed trainings in psychodynamic and play therapies, which inform not only the therapy she provides, but also her testing interpretations and recommendations. Dr. Halpern also utilizes multiple expressive therapies (i.e. drama, art, music, writing) within sessions, based on her considerable training in the arts. Dr. Halpern has created and presented parent, teacher, and therapist workshops on topics including ADHD, Anxiety, bullying prevention, general parenting skills, the therapeutic relationship, cultural considerations, and sibling rivalry. In her free time, Dr. Halpern enjoys managing her husband’s music career, exercising, reading, drawing, writing, traveling, preparing vegetarian food, volunteering and advocating for animal rescue groups, and spending time with her husband, son, and dog.
Click below, an NPR broadcast, to hear Dr. Halpern discussing the benefits of, and approaches to, parents’ conversations with their children.