Dr. Amanda Howard (they/she) is a postdoctoral fellow with experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of developmental, behavioral, and emotional concerns and works with children (3+), adolescents, and adults. Dr. Howard’s areas of interest include trauma, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, and parenting/behavioral concerns, with specialized training in childhood PTSD, traumatic grief, school refusal, and selective mutism. Dr. Howard especially enjoys working with individuals who identify with neurodivergent and LGBTQIA+ identities.
Dr. Howard has made equity, accessibility, and diversity issues a central part of their career. They co-founded the Adolescent and Child Trauma lab at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where they conducted research and brought therapeutic services into the foster system. With over 10 years of experience in leadership of LGBTQIA+ organizations, Dr. Howard brings this same energy into the therapeutic room to provide affirming and empathic care to all.
Dr. Howard works well with folks seeking a patient and non-judgmental provider, and those ready to be gently challenged to dig deeper and create meaningful change in their lives. Dr. Howard creates a safe space for individuals to connect with their emotions, change unhelpful patterns of behavior, and gain deeper insight into the thoughts and actions that impact their quality of life. They have formal training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), parent management training (PMT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and dyadic developmental (attachment-based) psychotherapy. Dr. Howard also integrates mindfulness, meditation, and creative elements into their practice to best fit the needs of each individual.
Dr. Howard has trained in a variety of settings, including community mental health clinics, schools, a Department of Family Services shelter for youth in protective custody, a pediatric emergency department, a medical trauma clinic, and a primary care clinic for youth in the foster system.
Graduate: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
SUNY Upstate Medical University