Psychologist

Marquita Stokes Ph.D.

Marquita Stokes, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, with a specialty in child and adolescent psychology. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Pennsylvania State University. She completed her Master of Science & Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago, IL. During her studies at Northwestern, Dr. Stokes completed clinical rotations at Lurie Children’s Hospital, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Stokes completed an APA-Accredited Internship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles/University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Stokes currently works as part of a private group practice.

Dr. Stokes has experience in evidence-based psychotherapy, psychological assessment, consultation, education, leadership and training, supervision, and research. She provides individual, couples, and family therapy with specialties in mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, identity development, multicultural issues, and pediatric psychology. Her passion is to provide comprehensive and culturally-competent care to help clients on their path to wholeness & wellness.

Advanced Training and Credentials:

LEAH, CA-LEND, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/TF-CBT, ADOS-II Assessment

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Specialties

ADHD

Anxiety

Depression

Other

Executive Functioning

Ages

Elementary School

Middle School

High School

Languages

English

About

Marquita Stokes

What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment?

First, I’d normalize the apprehension to sign up for a learning assessment as it can be a cumbersome undertaking. Then, I would communicate that the assessment provides an opportunity to obtain and illuminate often unknown information about the way your child learns, processes, retains, memoriezess, communicates, and attends to information. At a time in our generation where youth are bombarded with information via multiple sources and outlets, not simply at school, this is an invaluable tool.

What was your path to becoming a clinical psychologist?

Interestingly enough, my path to becoming a clinical psychologist started in high school during AP English class. Throughout the year, we were reading through a series of Shakespeare plays, mostly tragedies. And I recall imagining what would be the profession that intervenes early on in the story of someone’s life to prevent tragedy and/or improve their psychosocial circumstances for the better, if certain difficulties were already present. After a series of conversations with my teacher and counselors, possibilities of a helping healthcare profession, particularly psychology, began to emerge as the favorite for my college major and future career.

Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?

I became passionate about helping youth with learning differences because it took me until graduate school & beyond to begin to experience some of the difficulties students experience as early as their initiation into school at times. Additionally, the experience of taking up new learning in adulthood (e.g., learning a new instrument, language) and realizing the obstacles faced when your knowledge or skill foundation is underdeveloped made me empathetic to the experience of youth who have school everyday, and at times have learning differences that are unassessed, unattended to, and unsupported.

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