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Smart Health Psychology encompasses both Marni Amsellem, Ph.D.'s clinical psychology private practice (Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT) and her consulting business, providing clinically-informed insights, research, and presentations to businesses and organizations.
Dr. Amsellem's specialty is working with individuals who are adjusting to a medical diagnosis, health-related challenges, or other transitions 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 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. Her undergraduate degree is in Human Development from Cornell University. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in health psychology, from Washington University (St. Louis) in 2005. While in graduate school, she studied stress and coping, integrating research into her clinical practice to best meet clients needs, which has carried forward into her current practice. Dr. Amsellem is currently accepting new clients.
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