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COMPREHENSIVE  -  INDIVIDUALIZED  -  COLLABORATIVE

Our goal is to provide high-quality clinical services to children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. Both of our clinicians have strong backgrounds in consultation and therapy, but we have found that our true passion lies in psychological assessment.  We believe that a thorough evaluation that focuses on strengths can be the key to understanding and helping students who are struggling at home or in school.  We put significant time and effort into working with each client and family that we see, and we appreciate and value communication with our clients’ educators and other care providers. 

Caitlin B. Dunning, Psy.D.

Maryland Licensed Psychologist #04498

Dr. Dunning is a Maryland licensed psychologist who has provided assessment, consultation, and therapy services to children, adolescents, and young adults in a variety of settings.  She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland.  She completed a predoctoral internship at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, as well as a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  During her training, she quickly recognized that assessment was a passion for her, and she took advantage of opportunities to develop her expertise in the area.

Prior to starting her private practice, Dr. Dunning was a member of the faculty at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.  During her time as Director of Psychological Testing Services, she completed and supervised hundreds of psychological evaluations of children and adolescents in the greater Baltimore area and provided training to numerous psychologists who are now working in children's hospitals and private practices throughout the country. Throughout this time, she gained substantial experience collaborating with public and private schools towards the development of Individualized Education Plans, Section 504 plans and other educational plans that are appropriate for the unique needs of her clients. She also made significant contributions to the development and expansion of both the psychological testing clinic and the psychology training program at MWPH. Dr. Dunning has also provided supervision in assessment to graduate students training at the Loyola Clinical Centers in Baltimore, MD.  She has been in private practice in Ellicott City since 2011, during which time she has focused solely on providing thorough and individualized assessment services to her clients.

Dr. Dunning has particular expertise in learning disorders (including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia), ADHD, executive functioning challenges, and other issues that impact academic performance.  She maintains affiliations with the American Psychological Association and the Maryland Psychological Association, and she is a registrant on the National Register of Health Service Providers.

Jennifer Nail, Ph.D.

Maryland Licensed Psychologist #05974

Dr. Nail is a Maryland licensed psychologist who specializes in assessment and consultation.  She attended Williams College for her undergraduate degree and received her doctorate from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania and her postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in the School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  

  

An experienced evaluator, Dr. Nail enjoys guiding families to helpful and practical approaches to supporting their children.  She believes that the assessment process should balance many factors – it should be thorough but tailored, identify strengths as well as difficulties and yield a report that is useful and readable for parents, professionals and students themselves.  Her expertise includes identifying language-based learning disorders, including dyslexia and dysgraphia, as well concerns about mathematics, language, attention, executive functioning, autism spectrum disorder, mood symptoms and anxiety.  Collaboration with parents, educators and other professionals is especially important to her.  

 

Dr. Nail maintains affiliations with the American Psychological Association and the Maryland Psychological Association.  She also works with local organizations to promote awareness of various psychological and educational issues, with a particular interest in dyslexia and anxiety.

 

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