Dr. Danielle François is the director of the college psychology internship, coordinator of PCIT program and staff psychologist at CBC, where she works full-time with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for children and adolescents. Additionally, she is a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist and is the Coordinator of the PCIT Program. She has significant experience working with youth struggling with a wide range of difficulties, with particular expertise in treating autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and mood disorders, and high-risk behaviors, including suicidality, and self-harm. In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. François is the director of the college psychology internship, which aims to provide college undergraduates with exposure to the varied activities of clinical psychologists.
Dr. François received her BA in Psychology from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Before returning to school for graduate study, she worked for several years as a research assistant on a study examining brain function in adolescents with ADHD. She then received her Masters of Science in Psychology from Binghamton University – SUNY, where she was extensively trained in Applied Behavior Analysis and worked with youth with ASD. Dr. François then went on to earn her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University – Post. For her doctoral dissertation, Dr. François created a measure of parent-child conflict over technology use.
Dr. François completed her pre-doctoral internship at Astor Services for Children & Families, where she treated children and adolescents in both residential and outpatient settings with a range of diagnoses including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, and ADHD. Prior to internship, Dr. François completed a clinical placement at Nassau University Medical Center, where she worked on a child and adolescent inpatient unit, on a consultation and liaison team that provided brief assessment and intervention on the medical floors of the hospital, and in the child and adolescent outpatient clinic. She also completed a placement at ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development, where she provided individual and group therapy to youth with ASD and other neurodevelopmental concerns.
Throughout her graduate training, Dr. François enjoyed teaching the cognitive and personality assessment labs for graduate students in her clinical psychology program, as well as introductory psychology courses for undergraduates. Dr. François is also a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology).