Theresa LaPuma, Ph.D.
Theresa LaPuma, Ph.D.Director of Testing & Behavioral Therapist (she/her/hers)

Education & Academic Accomplishments

  • Undergraduate: Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Syracuse University

  • Graduate: Doctoral Degree in School Psychology from University of Florida

  • Pre-doctoral Internship: Centerstone Consortium

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship: Commonwealth Psychology Associates

  • Research: Published book chapter and 10 conference presentations related to anxiety treatment and school mental health intervention

Clinical Training & Interests

Theresa 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. Throughout her graduate and post-graduate training, Theresa 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. Theresa’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 two 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, Theresa also has a strong background in school psychology and cognitive assessment. Theresa has 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 extensive experience administering psychoeducational testing and subsequently providing consultation related to Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 plans.

Getting to Know Theresa

Theresa grew up in Upstate New York  and, no surprise, often spends her Saturdays watching Syracuse sports and Sundays cheering on the Buffalo Bills.  In her spare time, Theresa enjoys cooking, trivia, spending time with friends/family, and spending time with her cat children. Theresa is known for making the best pizza and leading social outings at CBTeam.

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