About Dr. Meredith Brinster
I earned my doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin and completed my internship in clinical psychology at The University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development. I have specialized training and experience in assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults with a wide range of developmental, behavioral, and academic concerns (e.g., autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, and mood disorders). I also specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), working with individuals with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and other anxiety disorders. I have experience working with families and individuals with hearing loss, providing psychoeducational evaluations as well as behavioral consultation. Lastly, I am certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), working with both typically developing children as well as children on the autism spectrum.
At the ApaCenter, I continue to provide comprehensive evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults with a range of developmental, behavioral and educational concerns, as well as therapy and consultation with individuals and families.
Much of my assessment experience has taken place in a multidisciplinary setting while working collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team, partnering with physicians, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, audiologists, and social workers. I believe the multidisciplinary nature of a comprehensive assessment can take place in all settings by actively involving and valuing the input of parents, teachers, and the individual themselves into the assessment process. I view my role in the assessment process as guiding a team of experts to obtain insight and answers to wide range of questions. I have conducted evaluations across the lifespan, ranging from infant developmental assessments to evaluations for specific neurological conditions. My specialized training in autism assessment and intervention has developed into a passion for early identification. Additionally, I specialize in assessing other related neurological disabilities, including ADHD, learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia), and behavioral disorders.
Areas of Assessment Specialization
I focus on delivering evidence-based interventions rooted in the foundations of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I specialize in treating a wide variety of concerns including mood and anxiety disorders, impairments in executive functioning (e.g., ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, as well as various learning disorders, and other communication disorders. While maintaining a commitment to implementing evidence-based interventions, I recognize that given the complexity of each client’s needs, individualized and creative therapy techniques are often needed to enhance the efficacy and applicability of interventions. I regularly create visual materials to supplement verbal information in session. I also regularly consult with teachers and other therapist to ensure continuity of care. A recent area of focus includes life coaching for individuals with ADHD. I also deliver both individual and group interventions to improve social skills and emotion regulation skills. Lastly, I am certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child interaction patterns.
Areas of Therapy/Consultation Specialization
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
- Anxiety (including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD)
- Parent Consultation/Coaching (including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy)
- 2007—B.A., Johns Hopkins University, Psychological and Brain Sciences
- 2010—M.A., The University of Texas at Austin, Educational Psychology
- 2015—Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, School Psychology
- Licensed Psychologist, Texas #37355
- 2015—Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, The University of Miami