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Smart Health Psychology encompasses both Marni Amsellem, Ph.D.'s private clinical psychology practice serving both Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT as well as her consulting business providing research and clinically-informed insights to businesses and organizations.
Marni Amsellem's undergraduate degree is in Human Development from Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in health psychology from Washington University (St. Louis) in 2005. Her graduate school goals were to study stress and coping and to integrate the research in these fields into her clinical practice to best meet clients needs. This is essentially what she does today.
Dr. Amsellem's specialty is working with individuals and groups who are adjusting to a medical diagnoses or health-related challenges, and/ or are looking to build their coping skills and resilience. Her professional orientation is highly influenced by evidence-based findings. She views how her clients' mental health and psychological functioning when they experience challenges greatly affects how they will respond to the stress. By increasing her clients' ability to successfully cope, they will both be better able to get through the challenges and experience fewer symptoms when doing so. Furthermore, she assists her clients with building resilience, working with their strengths, and learning skills to cope with challenges in the future.
Dr. Amsellem has worked in diverse settings prior to opening up her own private practice, including hospitals, health-focused government agencies, non-profit organizations, small group practices, consulting businesses, and other health facilities. While consulting with the Cancer Support Community (Washington, DC) and the National Cancer Institute (Bethesda, MD), she has conducted research on many aspects of behavioral health and health-related program evaluation, and is particularly focused on the patient experience.
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