related to assessment and treatment of individuals with psychological issues (depression, anxiety, trauma, etc.), behavioral issues (ODD, ADHD, Spectrum disorders, aggression, etc.), and those recovering from significant health conditions that resulted in at least a temporary reduction in cognitive or daily functioning (traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, neurosurgery, ambutation, orthopedic injuries, spinal cord injuries, medical illnesses, etc.).
Over the years, I have continued to further my training and experience with both children and adults with a variety of specialized needs. This includes assessment, counseling/intervention, and cognitive remediation (when indicated) with individuals who had psychological issues, developmental disorders, behavioral disorders, cognitive impairment, and learning challenges. In addition to direct clinical work, I have also provided supervision and training to staff and students, and have taught graduate level classes to students in psychology programs. Additionally, I have presented at the regional and national level to healthcare staff, clinicians, school personnel, and members of the community. Feel free to request a copy of my C.V.
Patricia Beldotti, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Neuropsychologist
What is a Psychologist?
In Arizona, only individuals with a doctoral-level degree in psychology and a current license by the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners may call themselves a "psychologist". Psychologists with doctoral degrees (PhD, PsyD or EdD) receive one of the highest levels of education of all health care professionals, spending an average of seven years in education and training after they receive their undergraduate degrees. After years of graduate school and supervised training, they become licensed by their states to provide a number of services, including evaluations and psychotherapy. Psychologists help by using a variety of techniques based on the best available research. Psychologists are also trained to administer and interpret a number of tests and assessments that can help diagnose a condition or tell more about the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. These tests may evaluate intellectual skills, cognitive strengths and weaknesses, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics and neuropsychological functioning, although some assessments require additional training. (APA, www.apa.org)
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Philadelphia, PA (APA Accredited).
- Master's in Clinical Psychology (M.S.) from PCOM in Philadelphia, PA.
- Master's in Clinical & Counseling Psychology (M.A.) from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA.
- Bachelor's in Psychology (B.A.) from Widener University in Chester, PA.
- 2-year post-doctoral training in neuropsychology & rehabilitation psychology at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on a NIH T-32 grant. Additional post-doctoral training completed in assessment with adults & children in a private practice setting.
- 1-year internship in psychology, neuropsychology, & rehabilitation psychology at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
- Practicum training (for Psy.D.) in counseling & assessment with adults & children at PCOM Counseling Center; additional neuropsychological / psychoeducational practicum training in a private practice setting.
- Practicum training (for M.A. & B.A.) in psychotherapeutic services & cognitive remediation at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation (NJ) and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital (PA).
Licensed Professional Counselor:
New Jersey (2000-2002)
Certified Brain Injury Specialist
American Psychological Association (APA)
Arizona Psychological Association (AZPA)
Southern Arizona Psychological Association (SAPA), (past President)
Brain Injury Association of America
Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
What is Clinical Neuropsychology?
Clinical neuropsychology is a specialty profession that focuses on brain functioning. A clinical neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with expertise in how behavior and skills are related to brain structures and systems. Neuropsychological assessments involve testing of attention, memory, executive functioning, and other thinking skills, in order to determine patterns of strengths and weaknesses, which can help with diagnosis and treatment planning. (APA Div. 40)
I am a licensed psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist with over twenty years of experience working with individuals with health, behavior, and emotional issues in a variety of settings and roles. My experience includes activities related to clinical psychology, rehabilitation psychology, neuropsychology, and health psychology. My early clinical experiences included providing crisis evaluations and interventions for children and adults with urgent psychological and behavioral issues, and providing counseling and cognitive remediation to individuals in a community-based brain injury rehabilitation program. I continued my training in clinical psychology & neuropsychology,