Clinic Director - Licensed Psychologist #34994
Michelle Kandalaft, PhD
Thank you for your interest in our clinic and services. I am fortunate to have found a group with the spirit and dedication that we strive to offer our clients. My passion for working with others was focused during community service at Ursuline High School when I met a child with autism. At Southern Methodist University (SMU) I focused my studies in psychology and after became an ABA therapist. Increasing concern and curiosity about the origins and the treatment of autism and other mental health issues led me to complete my doctorate at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UTSW), with rotations at Shelton Evaluation Center, Fairhill School, Parkland, and Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR), dissertation on ADHD, and postdoctoral training at the Center for BrainHealth with emphasis on social cognition and neuropsychology.
Since my time as part of the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UTSW) and Children’s Medical Center’s (CMC) Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), I continue to train future providers (including post-doctoral students), give lectures, and attempt to share the knowledge we have accumulated over the years of experience in research, assessments and various interventions for neurodiversity. My team and I look forward to helping you and your family.
x. Michelle Kandalaft
Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas
Post-doctoral emphasis on neuropsychology and social cognition. Outcome research on social cognition intervention with pre-post testing including neuropsychological, social-emotional, and neuroimaging (EEG and fMRI).
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology American Psychological Association Accredited Program
Dissertation: Influence of Motor Function on a Continuous Performance Test in Children with Suspected Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Southern Methodist University
B.B.A. General Business and Administration, B.A. Psychology, Minor: Advertising, Departmental Distinction Psychology, Honors.
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College Connection Camp provides a fun, interactive, and enriching college experience to boost academic, social, and independent-living skills.
The YAASS program is a free series dedicated to the transition of young adults with disabilities, mostly related to autism spectrum disorders.
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Our team is comprised of seasoned specialists with extensive experience in neurodiversity, having served in prestigious institutions like the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Children's Medical Center, and the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. We are also proud to be a training center to future professionals.