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Lesley Sanders, PsyD, President


drsanders@lifelongwellnessdc.com

Dr. Lesley Sanders is a clinical psychologist licensed in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. She is passionate about working with children and their families who are experiencing difficulties in the area of affect regulation, school performance, attention difficulties, marital discord, and developmental challenges. Dr. Sanders has specialized training and expertise in the areas of Infant Mental Health, Maternal Mental Health, and Attachment. She has worked in various settings including outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, and private practice. Dr. Sanders has many years experience successfully helping individuals and families with a broad spectrum of concerns and difficulties utilizing different treatment techniques and methodolgies, including psychological assessments and therapy.

Dr. Sanders has specialized training and expertise in the areas of Infant Mental Health and Maternal Mental Health, addressing concerns including feeding/sleeping issues, regulation, transition difficulties, and developmental delays. She also provides psychological, developmental, and admissions testing. Dr. Sanders conducts play therapy, family therapy, parent guidance, as well as school consultations. She works with families who are experiencing developmental, educational, social, mood and sensory challenges. Dr. Sanders obtained her doctoral degree from The George Washington University, completed her predoctoral internship at Tulane University School of Medicine, and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Virginia Department of Psychiatric Medicine.

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Nora Posner, PsyD
drposner@lifelongwellnessdc.com

Dr. Nora Posner is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Washington, DC, and Maryland. She specializes in child and family mental health, providing treatment and assessment for psychopathology across the lifespan. Dr. Posner offers individual therapy to children and adolescents suffering from anxiety, mood, and developmental disorders as well as those with ADHD, learning disabilities, and bullying concerns. She also can administer comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessments for individuals needing diagnostic clarification to determine the source of difficulties. In addition, she is trained in consultation and parent guidance and systemic therapy for the family unit when helpful. Dr. Posner also treats adults and couples experiencing relationship issues, life transition difficulties, and other psychosocial stressors.

Dr. Posner graduated with a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Professional Psychology Program at The George Washington University. While there, she worked throughout the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, completing clinical work at Bright Beginnings, Inc., a local Head Start Program for homeless children, and the George Washington University Center Clinic, treating individuals of all ages, as well as performing assessments in the DC Public School System. Dr. Posner completed her yearlong pre-doctoral clinical internship in Stamford, Connecticut, at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, Inc., where she stayed for an additional yearlong postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Posner is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) and the American Psychological Association's Division 53 (Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology). She is currently accepting new patients.

Jenna Scott, PsyD
drscott@lifelongwellnessdc.com

Dr. Jenna Scott is a clinical psychologist currently serving the D.C., Virginia, and Maryland Metro community, offering both psychological assessment and individual and family therapeutic services. Therapeutically, she takes a collaborative approach with her clients, working with individuals and, when appropriate, their families to work through the difficulties that motivated them to seek services. Dr. Scott works with adolescents and adults offering therapeutic services to address stressful or important life transitions, losses, parenting-related troubles, family/relationship conflict or difficulties, GLBTQP issues, struggles with depression and anxiety, managing ADHD, as well as counseling in complex trauma, domestic violence, and managing and coping with a mental health diagnosis. Dr. Scott has specialized training and experience in working with individuals diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and severe depression and anxiety. She also offers comprehensive psychological assessment services to individuals ages five and up, with prior experience and training in child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric testing. Dr. Scott provides diagnostic and neuropsychological assessments to include forensic and disability referrals, educational and intellectual testing, clarification of mental health diagnoses, as well emotional-social evaluations to clarify interpersonal difficulties, emotional strengths and challenges, and underlying emotional or cognitive difficulties contributing to life struggles.

Dr. Scott obtained her doctoral degree from The George Washington University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at a large private practice in Southern Florida, in part, working with the Florida Department of Children & Families Services, providing comprehensive diagnostic, neuropsychological, and substance abuse assessments. She also counseled parents seeking to regain custodial rights, providing court-mandated anger management courses, parenting classes, substance abuse counseling, couple’s therapy, and domestic violence counseling. During this placement, she also continued her specialized training in treating individuals within the geriatric and adult populations, and those with severe mental health illnesses. Prior training placements further include year-long positions at Suburban Hospital: A Johns Hopkins Medicine Affiliate, Georgetown Neuropsychology, LLC, The Center Clinic at The George Washington University, and assessment services within private practice settings. Dr. Scott is currently accepting new clients.

Ryan Schneider
drschneider@lifelongwellnessdc.com

Ryan Schneider is a bilingual clinician practicing in Washington, DC, and Maryland. He earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is soon graduating with his doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He has received training in comprehensive psychological assessment and integrative individual, family, and group psychotherapy at various placements including Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Miami Veterans Administration Hospital, the Goodman Psychological Services Center, and at a large private practice in Southern Florida. Mr. Schneider has extensive experience delivering services in English and Spanish to adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and veterans from diverse backgrounds who suffer from acute and chronic physical aliments and struggle with depression, anxiety, psychosis, trauma, substance abuse, stressful or important life transitions, losses, end of life issues, sleep disturbances, medical compliance issues, as well as difficulties managing and coping with a mental health diagnosis. He has also counseled parents seeking to regain custodial rights, providing court-mandated parenting classes, substance abuse therapy, anger management, and domestic violence counseling. Mr. Schneider also has experience conducting, administering and scoring comprehensive psychological, educational, substance abuse, and disability determination assessments in order to provide diagnostic clarification, supportive recommendations, and accommodations for individuals.

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Sylvia Sanders, PhD, Literacy
sylviasanders@verizon.net

Dr. Sylvia B. Sanders is a literacy consultant and reading specialist. She believes that learning to read is the new “Civil Right for All Children.” Finding children’s interest is the first important step in helping less proficient readers improve their reading skills. Many times students are identified as having behavioral or discipline problems when the core problem is their inability to read.

Dr. Sanders has been an advocate for helping children see themselves as readers, so they can say, “I can read!” She was instrumental in bringing the world-renowned program, Reading Recovery, to twenty-seven (27) elementary sites, in the District of Columbia Public School System in the 1990’s.

Dr. Sylvia Sanders has expertise in helping schools develop standards-based classrooms, align instruction and assessment practices, implement balanced literacy curriculum and provide professional development directly to teachers/instructional coaches in the schools and through literacy institutes. She has also held positions as an elementary teacher, and reading resource teacher. She has co-authored several research studies on comprehension and has been an Adjunct Professor at Howard University, in Washington, DC and Towson State University in Towson, Maryland.

Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Reading/Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Maryland; M.Ed., Early Childhood Education/Reading; and B.A., Elementary Education, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Her role with Lifelong Wellness is to conduct reading assessments, identify children’s strengths, needs, and interests, in the area of reading and provide strategies and recommendations to improve their reading proficiency in the home and classroom settings. She will also provide referrals for individual reading tutors, as needed.

Ellen M. Griffiths, MPH, RD, LD
ellenmgrd@gmail.com

Ellen Madison Griffiths is a registered and licensed dietitian. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. She has many years of experience working in a variety of settings including the WIC federal nutrition program, acute care hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, behavioral health facilities, and currently with nutrition services for senior citizens in the District as part of TERRIFIC, Inc. Her areas of clinical expertise include nutrition in chronic disease management especially Type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, weight management, and behavioral health nutrition including eating disorders care and issues of distorted body image. She is the Secretary of the Behavioral Health Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group affiliated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.