Michelle Yoder, Ph.D.

Resident in Clinical Psychology

Services

  • Comprehensive psychological and neurodevelopmental assessments
  • Early Intervention
  • Individual and family therapy for children and adolescents
  • Specializes in social-emotional and behavioral issues in young children

Biography

Michelle Yoder recently joined ACES in 2020 after receiving her Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, where she also received a master’s degree in Applied Developmental Science. Michelle’s educational and clinical training has primarily focused on providing evidence-based treatment to children and adolescents across a number of contexts, including school, outpatient, inpatient, and community mental health settings.

In her clinical work, Michelle has a passion for helping families better understand and support their child’s development through psychological testing. She offers comprehensive psychological evaluation, neurodevelopmental assessment, and Autism testing services for children and adolescents. Michelle has particular interest in the developmental assessment of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and has worked with community- and school-based programs to guide intervention through evaluation. She also has a background in school psychology which allows her to integrate psychoeducational testing as needed.

In addition to assessment, Michelle enjoys providing individual and family therapy to children and adolescents. While using a variety of therapeutic modalities, she draws largely from behavioral/cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and attachment-related therapies in helping children of all ages navigate a range of challenges (e.g., anxiety, depression, social challenges, trauma). In particular, Michelle has concentrated her research and training on helping young children who present with social-emotional and behavioral concerns. She has experience providing early intervention to infants and toddlers, and has worked with preschool- and elementary-aged children through a mixture of play therapy, school consultation, and parent coaching interventions. In addition, Michelle places strong emphasis on understanding development through a family systems lens, and provides consultative services to caregivers, schools, and other community agencies to support family and community goals.

Education

  • Ph.D. Clinical and School Psychology, UVA, 2020
  • M.Ed. School Psychology, UVA, 2016
  • M.Ed. Applied Developmental Science, UVA, 2015
  • B.S. Psychology, Messiah University, 2014