Emily Wald, PhD
Dr. Wald specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with a wide array of medical conditions and co-occurring anxiety, mood, and behavioral concerns. Dr. Wald has expertise working with individuals and their families to promote coping and adjustment to acute or chronic medical conditions. Additionally, Dr. Wald utilizes a skills-based approach to assist individual and families in the management acute and chronic pain. Dr. Wald incorporates behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and motivational strategies to address presenting concerns and optimizes functioning at home, school, and in the community. She also utilizes biofeedback and mindfulness techniques.
Dr. Wald offers parent-training services to address a variety of developmental and behavior concerns, such as sleep, tantrums, school refusal, separation, and noncompliance. Additionally, she works with children, adolescents, and young adults (both verbal and non-verbal individuals) to prepare them for medical procedures and appointments (e.g., sleep study desensitization, procedural anxiety related to medical appointments, pill-swallowing).
In addition to providing psychotherapy services, Dr. Wald conducts comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations to assist with identifying academic, attention, and learning problems. She also specializes in identifying the presence of behavioral and emotional challenges, as well as an individual’s areas of strengths and weaknesses to improve functioning across settings.
Dr. Wald earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Teacher College, Columbia University, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in clinical child/pediatric psychology at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship within the Pediatric Psychology Consultation Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has also coauthored journal articles and presented at professional conferences.