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Sarah K. Hatcher, PhD

Senior Supervising Psychologist.

Dr. Sarah Hatcher uses holistic methods of psychological treatment that include evidence-based approaches designed to meet the individual needs of children and adolescents. She uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), positive psychology and applied behavioral analysis (ABA)  to treat developmental disabilities, including learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring conditions. These can include attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), anxiety, mood and conduct disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Hatcher closely coordinates with families, school officials and other mental health professionals to understand the social, emotional and physiological needs of her clients. She encourages families to take an active part in their child’s therapeutic treatment through family therapy, discussion of treatment progress and training to help reinforce at home the strategies their children learn in therapy.   

In addition to her clinical work at The Child & Family Institute, Hatcher also serves as a supervising psychologist for adult day services at AHRC New York City, where she trains and helps behavioral therapists to implement ABA interventions for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury (TBI).    

Previously Hatcher has had experience working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders; adults with trauma-related anxiety and depressive disorders; and college students  with learning disorders and other mental health conditions. 

She gained experience administering assessments at a year-long, practicum in the neuropsychology department at Semmes Murphey Clinic, Memphis, after receiving a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The University of Memphis in 2018. There, she specialized in clinical psychotherapy and assessment for children, adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her clinical and research experience also focused on international and multicultural social justice issues in psychological practice. 

Hatcher completed a year-long internship at the American Psychological Association pre-doctoral program at AHRC New York City’s Clinic. She worked towards providing individual and group psychotherapy as well as psychological assessment for individuals of all ages with disabilities. 

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