Psychologist

Tiffany Lara, Psy.D.

Dr. Tiffany Lara is a licensed clinical psychologist who possesses a strong passion for conducting evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biopsychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Michigan (Go Blue). In addition, she earned her Master's and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. While completing her Doctorate, Dr. Lara was privileged to train within an inpatient psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents, the Catholic school system, and a therapeutic day school setting. Following graduation, Dr. Lara worked with children ages birth to seven conducting developmental evaluations, as well as facilitating parent-child play therapy. Dr. Lara then moved on to an inpatient psychiatric hospital and was initially employed as a Staff Psychologist and within less than a year was promoted to Director of Psychological Services where she was responsible for overseeing the clinical psychology training program, conducting psychological evaluations, and was a member of the hospital's leadership team. Currently, Dr. Lara works as a Team Lead Psychologist within a therapeutic day school setting where she oversees the clinical programming, conducts psychological evaluations both in-house and for area school districts, maintains a therapy caseload, and is part of the Admin team.

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Specialties

ADHD

Anxiety

Depression

Executive Functioning

Learning Disorders

Math Disorder

Reading Disorder

Testing

Writing Disorder

Ages

Elementary School

Middle School

High School

Languages

English

About

Tiffany

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

It is important to normalize the range of emotions that occur when considering a learning assessment. Not only are families trying to work through the various emotions, but they are also trying to figure out will this learning assessment actually help. As a professional who has had the privilege of conducting assessments, as well as working within the school setting, I have found that assessments not only provide the individual and their family with information regarding strengths and areas of growth, but recommendations that are invaluable to every person who comes into contact with the individual. While the process can be time consuming, if it ultimately sheds lights on how the individual learns best which then enables those around them to create an environment in which they can reach their full potential then every minute is worth it.

What was your path to becoming a clinical psychologist?

When I was in Kindergarten, I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up and I responded, "a doctor." As the years passed, I further refined the answer until I landed on being a neurosurgeon. While in undergrad, I volunteered at a children's hospital and between that experience and a kind professor stressing that chemistry was not my strength, I quickly shifted from neurosurgeon to clinical psychologist. Not only does clinical psychology allow me the opportunity to learn about the human brain but it also provides me with the ability to empower others to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?

In a world in which we find ourselves having to fit into checkboxes, wouldn't it be nice if we could each be seen as the unique individual we are? No two people are alike and how we learn, view the world, and respond to our environment is different. By identifying learning differences and providing recommendations for interventions, we can positively impact an individual's sense of self and confidence that they can be successful within life.

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