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School-age children, and even teenagers, have a limited range of behaviors available to let the adults in their lives know that something is wrong.  AD/HD, anxiety, depression, and learning difficulties often look the same behaviorally.  A full evaluation identifies the underlying issues causing the distress so that effective interventions can be implemented.

Phone: 650-344-9782

jessica@init4kids.com

Jessica L. Rosenbaum, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
California Licence #PSY 18806

 

I have been licensed in California since early 2003.  Since that time, I have completed psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological evaluations of children ranging in age from 4 to 17.  I am particularly well adept at differentiating between learning, behavioral, and/or emotional causes for symptoms that children are presenting at home and at school.

My undergraduate degree is from UCLA and I completed both my M.A. and Ph.D. at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.  Gallaudet is the only university in the world that specializes in teaching and serving deaf and hard of hearing individuals.  While I am not deaf or hard of hearing, my training included classes in audiology, lignuistics, and deaf studies, in addition to the typical coursework of a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  Also, interfacing with schools and the IEP process was an integrated part of my education. All therapy and assessment coursework was conducted in English and sign language and the impact of providing services in American Sign Language was a component of each course.  This unique requirement resulted in a careful review of each assessment measure, including each item, so as to truly understand what information is being gathered and how it impacts the person being evaluated.

My Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Family and Community Enrichment Services, Inc., or FACES, (now Family and Youth Enrichment Services) in San Carlos, allowed me to fine tune my assessment and family therapy skills.  I also conducted group therapy sessions for high school students and their parents.  These students would otherwise have been suspended for significant violations of school rules.  During this fellowship, I also provided therapy services and consultations with administrators at a local elementary school.

I completed my Internship at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, CA where I was a part of the Psychiatry Department serving both hospitalized children and outpatient families and children with mental health needs.  I worked with children who were hospitalized for long stays due to accidents resulting in significant physical injury and a need for long-term rehabilitation.  I helped provide support and comfort to families and children in emotional pain, and at times panic, as a result of devastating traumatic events and/or going through extremely painful medical procedures.  I also provided extended therapeutic support to very ill children and their families, including those struggling with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.