Laurie Better Perlis, PsyD


Dr. Perlis is a licensed psychologist providing psychotherapy and psycho-educational evaluations to children, adolescents and young adults experiencing a wide range of developmental and psychological difficulties. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders (OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Separation Anxiety Disorder) and in the evaluation and treatment of individuals (of all ages) with neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, Executive Functioning challenges, Specific Learning Disorders and Autism Spectrum and related conditions.

Dr. Perlis primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a form of evidence-based psychotherapy in which the therapist, client and family work together as a team to identify and solve problems. She also provides behavioral support and training to parents and caregivers of youth with special needs. Dr. Perlis routinely consults with school staff, pediatricians, psychiatrists and other providers to coordinate care and ensure a comprehensive and effective treatment plan.

Dr. Perlis has been in practice in the Severna Park area since 2011. She received her undergraduate degree in psychological and brain sciences from the Johns Hopkins University and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University in New York City. Dr. Perlis completed a postdoctoral fellowship in autism spectrum and related developmental disorders at the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities, an affiliate of North Shore – Long Island Jewish Hospital Center in New York. She stayed on at the Lindner Center becoming a senior staff psychologist responsible for training and supervising clinical staff, providing clinical services including evaluations, psychotherapy, and social skills training and participating in grant-funded clinical research. Dr. Perlis has co-authored numerous articles and professional presentations on topics related to Autism and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. She has also provided presentations locally and nationally on topics related to anxiety, ADHD, the psychological evaluation process and building resilience in today’s youth.