Throughout her graduate and post-graduate training, Dr. LaPuma has specialized in assessment and treatment of obsessive-compulsive related disorders, anxiety disorders, learning disorders, and behavior disorders. Her research during her graduate training focused on social anxiety, empathy, and bullying behaviors in adolescents. Dr. LaPuma’s clinical training was conducted in numerous settings including schools, outpatient facilities, inpatient facilities, community mental health centers, and private practice.
During her graduate training, she spent 2 years in the intensive OCD, anxiety, and phobia rotation in the department of UF Health Child Psychiatry at Springhill Health Center. In addition to her extensive clinical training, Dr. LaPuma also has a strong background in school psychology. Dr. LaPuma has 5 years of experience working in schools and outpatient settings with children and adolescents aged 5-18, utilizing various cognitive, psychological, and achievement-based assessment tools. She has provided consultation related to Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 plans, conducted psychological assessments and interventions, and provided psychotherapy in both school settings as well as outpatient facilities.
Dr. LaPuma was inspired to work with individuals experiencing anxiety and OCD from an early point in her training. She values the creativity and collaboration that encompasses treatment for anxiety and OCD and strives to incorporate humor, empathy, and warmth with each client.
In her spare time, Theresa enjoys cooking, trivia, spending time with friends/family, watching college basketball, and spending time with her 2 cats.