Mary Dryden, LPA, LSSP - Spectra Therapies + Evaluations
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Mary Dryden, LPA, LSSP

LICENSE/CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA), August 2013-present

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP), August 2012-present

Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP), August 2007-present

 

EDUCATION

Doctoral Student, School Psychology, July 2015-present

Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas

American Psychological Association (APA) Accredited program

 

M.A. School Psychology, May 2006

Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas GPA 3.92

National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) certified program

 

B.A. Psychology with minors in Business and Spanish, August 2003

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, GPA 3.75

Varsity Soccer Player (1999-2002)

Honors: Four-year starter, SEC Academic Honor Roll (1999 -2002), SEC Leadership Conference Nominee (1999)

Scholarship: Athletic (Tuition, Fees, and Books)

 

CLINICAL TRAINING EXPERIENCE

 

Practicum Student, Dallas Children’s Hospital, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic, Dallas, TX

Description: Outpatient clinic which provides consultative and screening services for children as well as

neuropsychological evaluations and therapy

Clinical Activities:

  • Observe and conduct diagnostic interviews, personality assessments, psychological screeners, and neuropsychological/developmental assessments
  • Consult with pediatric residents and medical staff regarding patients and treatment planning. Evaluation of biopsychosocial perspectives.
  • Observe and conduct individual and family therapy – primarily focused on behavior management, developmental concerns (e.g. ADHD), and coping with medical condition (e.g. spina bifida).
  • Co-teaching of didactics with residents (e.g. intellectual disabilities)

(August 2016 – present)

 

Practicum Student, Dallas Children’s Hospital, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD), Dallas, TX

Description: Medical clinic which provides comprehensive services for children who are newborns to age 18 with

autism spectrum disorders or other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Clinical Activities:

  • Assisted in conducting evaluations for autism spectrum disorders. Conducted and observed parent interviews and the administration of measures of developmental/intellectual functioning, speech/language skills, and the direct assessment of symptoms of autism (ADOS). Aided in writing integrative reports to summarize and clarify results of clinical findings.
  • Observed individual and family therapy sessions. Sessions and direct behavior interventions were conducted by a licensed psychologist trained as an applied behavior analyst.

(August 2016 – August 2017)

 

Practicum Student, Clinical & Consulting Neuropsychology, Dallas, TX

Description: A private practice of Dr. Jack Dial, Ph.D., providing neuropsychological assessment of children

adults. The practice specializes in the assessment of visually impaired clients.

Clinical Activities:

  • Completed clinical interviews, mental status exams, and neuropsychological and vocational evaluations of children and adults seeking services from the Department of Rehabilitative Services. Administered specialized assessment tools and measures to individuals with visual impairments.
  • Integrated findings into neuropsychological and vocational reports with recommendations addressing the client’s ability to access the work environment.

(May 2016 – August 2016)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Licensed Psychological Associate, Shelton Evaluation Center, Dallas, TX

Description: A division of the Shelton School, a non-profit assessment center which evaluates children,

adolescents, and adults.

Clinical Activities:

  • Complete psychoeducational, neuropsychological, autism, and/or psychological evaluations to assess the client’s functioning and determine strengths and weaknesses in cognitive, academic, social and/or emotional functioning. Recommendations are provided to increase the client’s functioning in any and all areas.
  • Consult with other team members on cases in an effort to provide the most effective level of support and services for the client and family.

(November 2013-present)

 

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, Fort Worth Independent School District, Fort Worth, TX

Description: The third largest school district in Texas, serving approximately 80,000 students in 144 schools.

Clinical Activities:

  • Provided academic and behavioral consultation services to teachers and school administrators at primary, elementary, middle, and high school levels.
  • Conducted initial and re-evaluation assessments to determine the special education eligibilities of an emotional disturbance, learning disability, and mental retardation. Consolidate findings from classroom observations, rating scales, parent interviews, child interviews, psychoeducational testing, and psychological testing to determine special education eligibility and provide appropriate recommendations to schools and families. Compose comprehensive psychoeducational reports integrating assessment results and recommendations.
  • Participated in assessments to determine Autism across all age groups with a multidisciplinary team consisting of a school psychologist, an educational diagnostician, a speech pathologist, and an occupational therapist.
  • Chaired special education IEP committee meetings by sharing assessment results and explaining education eligibility and classification outcomes to parents and educational staff.
  • Completed FBAs (functional behavior analyses) for students exhibiting problematic behavior and provide appropriate feedback to teachers and administrators. Design Behavior Intervention Plans when warranted and follow-up with teachers to monitor progress and modify plans if needed.
  • Provided group and individual therapy with elementary, middle, and high school students. Group topics included anger management, teen pregnancy, peer pressure, social and coping skills, and self-esteem. Individual case themes include anger management, abuse recovery, depression, and parenting skills.
  • Acquired experience in crisis intervention and Response-to-Intervention methodology across all age groups.
  • Implemented a school-wide intervention program for mental health and education on critical issues at a middle and high school for parenting and pregnant teens. The intervention aimed to create meaningful relationships between the student body and individuals at community agencies in order to increase familiarity, trust, and peer referrals to relevant social service agencies in the community.

(July 2007-January 2010 & August 2012-October 2013)

 

School Psychologist, Jefferson County School District, Pomona High School, Arvada, CO

Description: A suburban high school serving 1,500 students.

Clinical Activities:

  • Served as the case manager for special education students developing and chairing IEP meetings and building individual schedules and services based on student individual needs.
  • Completed triennial review IEP meetings to assess continued eligibility assessing cognitive ability and social/emotional functioning.
  • Provided individual and group therapy to general and special education high school students. Group topics included anger management, healthy relationships, social and coping skills, and self-esteem. Individual case themes included anger management, physical and emotional abuse, cutting, and depression.
  • Organized and chaired the development of the Response-to-Intervention committee developing interventions for students struggling both academically and behaviorally.
  • Completed suicide risk assessments and threat assessments on students exhibiting characteristics warranting evaluation.
  • Trained on the district Autism team and on administering the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS).

(August 2010-August 2012)

 

Educational Consultant and Behavioral Specialist, Solutions for Students, Denver, CO

Description: A private company which specializes in support for school age children and their families through a

multidisciplinary, collaborative team approach.

Clinical Activities:

  • Provided coaching and organizational techniques and supports to students struggling with executive functioning skills.
  • Completed academic tutoring with students struggling in specific academic subjects and who were often diagnosed with a disability.
  • Consulted with other team members on cases in an effort to provide the most effective level of support and services for the student and family.

(August 2010-August 2012)

 

Psychology Intern, Fort Worth Independent School District, Fort Worth, TX

Clinical Activities:

  • Observed special education students in various educational settings, administered psychological, intelligence, and achievement assessments, consulted with teachers in general and special education classrooms, served as a member of the Autism team, attended various workshops and conferences.
  • Conducted individual therapy, family therapy, and parent consultation at the district’s Family Resource Center. Topics addressed in therapy included depression, conduct problems, and parenting skills.

(July 2006-July 2007)

 

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