Megan Sommer is a psychology extern at CBC where she conducts individual, family and group therapies with children, adolescents and adults. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the Combined School-Clinical Child Psychology Program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. Megan has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), including their application to children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient settings. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Montclair State University and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Prior to working at CBC, Megan completed psychology externships at the NYU Child Study Center and at Cresskill, NJ Public Schools. While externing at NYU Child Study Center, Megan worked with parents, children, adolescents, and young adults using evidence-based treatments to treat various disorders including ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), social anxiety disorder, and major depressive disorder. At the Cresskill Public Schools, Megan worked with elementary, middle, and high school students and administered psychoeducational assessments, led social skills groups, and provided individual counseling. In addition, Megan provided Organizational Skills Training (OST), a set of executive functioning skills aimed at improving the child’s ability to track assignments, manage materials, manage time and plan tasks.
While pursuing her master’s degree, Megan worked on the Children’s Day Unit at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, with children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of psychopathology. Her research interests include improving care in neonatal intensive care units through improved communication between NICU staff and parents. She’s also worked in Early Childhood Research labs and participated in Pediatric Bipolar studies. She has presented some of her work at national conferences.