Dr. Audra Walsh
I am a Licensed Psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and Special Educator.
I have fifteen years of experience working with youth and families in a variety of settings including homes, clinics, and schools. I earned a Doctorate in School Psychology with a specialization in Pediatric Psychology from the University of South Florida, as well as a Masters in Special Education from Hunter College (CUNY) with a focus on Specific Learning Disabilities and a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
My experience includes conducting evaluations such as developmental, gifted, academic, behavioral, and mental health assessments, facilitating parent trainings and providing home-based caregiver coaching and support, and conducting evidence-based therapies including ABA services, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and individual and family therapy. I have worked with children and families with diverse needs and abilities, from those with typical development to children with exceptionalities including developmental delays, learning difficulties, executive functioning and attention deficits, challenging behaviors, mental health problems, chronic health conditions, and giftedness.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Association of School Psychologists and I've authored several publications in the field of pediatric psychology, recently having co-authored a book entitled "Evidence-Based Interventions for Children with Challenging Behavior" - published by Springer and available on Amazon.com.
Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, I am a wife and mother of three. I am honored to serve on the Board of Trustees for Great Explorations Children's Museum. I enjoy being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Brittany Hearon Wade
I am a Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist who has enjoyed working with children, adolescents, and families in schools and community mental health settings for over six years. I earned a Doctorate in School Psychology with a specialization in School-Based Mental Health from the University of South Florida prior to completing a post-doctoral fellowship with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorders at a private practice in Cleveland, Ohio.
My experience includes providing comprehensive psychological evaluations for learning disabilities, neurodevelopmental disorders, social-emotional challenges, and giftedness. Additionally, I have worked with diverse youth and families to offer evidence-based individual, group, and family-focused treatment to address challenges associated with anxiety, depression, executive functioning and attention deficits, oppositional behavior, autism spectrum disorders, and chronic health conditions. While my primary orientation includes cognitive-behavioral therapy, I also implement strengths-based, solution-focused, and family systems techniques, tailored to meet the individualized needs of youth and families. I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Florida and member of the National Association for School Psychologists. I have authored several publications and engage in research pertaining to school-based mental health services and positive psychology.
Residing in Tampa, I enjoy practicing yoga, visiting new local restaurants, and spending time with my family and friends. I’m also an auxiliary member for the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) in Sarasota, Florida.
Dr. Amanda Thalji-Raitano
I am a Licensed Psychologist with experience working in a variety of school settings and private practice. I earned a Doctorate in School Psychology with a specialization in School-Based Mental Health from the University of South Florida.
I have conducted comprehensive evaluations for children with severe learning, behavioral, and emotional difficulties, as well as for gifted learners. I have provided counseling for children and adults presenting with an array of challenges, including, anxiety, depression, grief, self-injurious behavior, social skills, trauma, executive functioning deficits, and oppositional behavior.
I believe children and their caregivers are the experts regarding their unique challenges. I utilize a collaborative and strength-based approach to help clients make positive changes and develop new skills to meet their aspirations. Treatment is tailored to compliment a client’s strengths and meet their areas of need. I primarily draw upon cognitive-behavioral techniques, solution-focused strategies, and positive psychology methods.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. I have co-authored several publications in the field of school-based mental health and positive psychology. I also volunteer at community and state-wide events to deliver educational programming to adults about strategies to prevent gun-related suicides and injuries in children and teens.
I live in Saint Petersburg with my husband and two children. I enjoy frequenting the area’s beautiful parks and beaches with my family. My hobbies include running, yoga, and attending music concerts.
Keri Herlan, MA
I am post-doctoral psychology resident with experience working with children/adolescents, families and adults across school, home, and clinical settings. I am finishing my Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University based in Santa Barbara, California. Also, I earned a dual Master’s degree in both Special and General Education from Nazareth College located in upstate New York. Prior to pursuing a Doctoral degree, I worked as a special educator predominantly with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders within the public and private school systems in Atlanta, Georgia.
My experience includes conducting comprehensive Neuropsychology and general Psychology assessments across children and adults, and implementing collaborate, evidence-based treatment tailored to meeting individual and family needs. While I am predominantly oriented in cognitive-behavioral therapy, I believe in a client-focused treatment model and have experience with ABA, positive psychology, and aspects of play therapy. I have worked with children, families and adults with diverse backgrounds, abilities and challenges including, oppositional and aggressive behaviors, social deficits, executive function and attention problems, sensory difficulties, developmental delays, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, and mental health problems.
I reside with my husband and daughter in Saint Petersburg, Florida. We enjoy spending our spare time at home with our dogs, going to the beach, and traveling to see family or our favorite musicians/artists. My hobbies include cooking, creative time with my daughter, and being outdoors.
Camille Hanks, MA
I am a psychology clinician specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I earned a Bachelors from the University of Tampa, as well as a Masters in School Psychology from the University of South Florida. I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in School Psychology with a specialization in School-Based Mental Health from the University of South Florida.
I have spent over seven years working with children, adolescents, and their families providing evidence-based assessment and mental health services. I have worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of mental health challenges and abilities, including anxiety, depression, executive functioning and attention deficits, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, challenging behaviors, and giftedness.
I have also worked extensively with high-ability students (including gifted students and those enrolled in AP and IB courses), teaching effective coping skills and strategies to build meaningful connections to teachers and peers at school. These skills help to promote psychological well-being, positive emotions, and academic success among students experiencing high levels of academic demands and stress.
I am a member of the National and Florida Association of School Psychologists, and serve on the committee of the Live for 24 Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Tampa, Florida.
Dr. Emily Shaffer-Hudkins
I am a licensed psychologist, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and an Infant and Toddler Developmental Specialist. I have nearly 15 years of experience working with children and youth across a variety of settings including schools and multidisciplinary healthcare centers.
I earned a doctorate in School Psychology from the University of South Florida, with an emphasis in school-based mental health and pediatric psychology. My experience includes comprehensive assessment of developmental, learning, and psychosocial skills and concerns. I have worked with a diverse age group from early childhood to young adults. I specialize in assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. As a certified Parent-Child Interaction therapist, I also specialize in supporting parents to manage challenging behavior and promote prosocial skills with their children.
I have authored several publications in the field of positive psychology and quality of life, treatment for challenging behavior, and early childhood development. I have also co-developed two manualized curriculums used by mental health specialists to address learning and behavioral concerns and provide trauma-informed care. I serve on several state and regional committees aimed at improving services and community supports for youth with special needs and their families.
I am based in Tampa, Florida where I enjoy spending time with my husband and three boys.