Laura Dewey, PhD

Center for Disabilities Studies
1801 Rockland Road
Suite 302
Wilmington, DE 19803
 
Phone: 302-298-7497
Email: laura.dewey@nemours.org
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Last Updated: July 19, 2017

 

Leadership: Staff
Discipline Coordinators: Psychology
 
Discipline(s): Psychology
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership

Vita/Bio

LAURA MARIE DEWEY, PH.D.
CURRICULUM VITAE

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children 1411 Walnut St #1103
Division of Behavioral Health Philadelphia, PA 19102
1801 Rockland Road, Suite 302 C: 214.762.5191
Wilmington, DE 19803 lauramdewey@gmail.com
O: 302.298.7497
laura.dewey@nemours.org

LICENSES

2012 - present State of Delaware: Board of Examiners of Psychologists
Licensed Psychologist #B1-0000929

Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
Licensed Psychologist #36205

EDUCATION

2011 - 2012 APA Accredited Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology, Dallas, TX
Children's Medical Center Dallas
Rotation: Outpatient Child Clinical Psychology/Crystal Charity Ball Autism Program
Additional Experience: Dallas Psychiatry Inpatient Program

2007 - 2011 Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Dallas, TX
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Dissertation: Cross-Sectional Differences in Brain Activity Supporting Working Memory
Dissertation Chair: Munro Cullum, Ph.D.; Mentor: Michael Motes, Ph.D.

2009 - 2011 APA Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, Dallas, TX
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
The UT Southwestern Medical Center doctoral program in clinical psychology has an integrated APA
accredited pre-doctoral internship comprised of 2000 hours over the 3rd and 4th years of the program
(50% time each year, 20 hours per week).
Rotations: Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Service, Parkland Memorial Hospital
Crystal Charity Ball Autism Program, Children's Medical Center

2004 - 2007 Bachelor of Arts in Plan II/Psychology/English, Austin, TX
The University of Texas at Austin
High Honors/Magnum Cum Laude
Plan II/Psychology Honors Thesis: Disordered Eating, Anxiety, and Written
Emotional Disclosure: A Prevention
Thesis Chair: Charles Holahan, Ph.D.

 


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2012 - present Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE
Division of Behavioral Health
Autism-focused Pediatric Psychologist

2013 - present Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Clinical Responsibilities
Provide evaluations, comprehensive psychological testing, and
individual, group, and family therapy primarily to families affected by Autism
Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Program Development
*Participated in Integrated Facility Design (IFD; 4 weeks) to conceptualize the ASD
Program and plan space for a new facility; involves senior leadership, QI consultants,
corporate facility involvement, community stakeholders, family members, and
clinical experts (fall 2016/spring 2017).
*Participated in the development of a business plan for senior leadership to create an
ASD Program that is self-sustainable and innovative to compliment generous donor support (January 2016).

Manage the delivery of ASD-related services within Behavioral Health, the hospital, and the community. Coordinate care for families affected by ASD with other hospital divisions. Develop community relationships to identify services for families affected by ASD. Provide continued education on the ADOS-2 to psychologists and trainees within Behavioral Health. Recruit and supervise the ASD-specific fellowship. Assist with management of donor funds.

Teaching Responsibilities
Serve as Core Faculty for the LEND program. Serve as the primary supervisor for the ASD-specific fellowships, focused on both program development and clinical care. Provide supervision to psychology interns for long-term therapy, the ASD specialty rotation, and inpatient consultations. Contribute to training team meetings for all trainees.

Scholarship Activities
Lead research and Quality Improvement (QI) projects, particularly regarding family-centered care and socials skills groups for children with ASD with presentations at national conferences. Collaborated on research projects within Nemours, Jefferson Medical College, and the University of Delaware. Serve on the editorial board for Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology.

Grant Involvement
May 2013 HRSA: State Implementation Grants for Improving Services for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Other Developmental Disabilities (ODD). Submitted in collaboration with the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies as the PI for Nemours/AIDHC.

May 2016 HRSA: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND). Submitted in collaboration with the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies as the PI for Nemours/AIDHC. Awarded summer 2016.
*Participated in monthly core faculty meetings
*Presented during monthly didactics: Interdisciplinary Practice (October 2016), Evaluation of ASD (January 2017)
*Mentored psychology fellow on Capstone Project

May 2016 HRSA: Innovation in Care Integration for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum
Disorder and ODD Program. Submitted in collaboration with the University of
Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies as the PI for Nemours/AIDHC. Awarded
summer 2016.
*October 2016 - Attended "Community of Learners" Conference hosted by
State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) in Washington, DC.

June 2016 ACCEL Community-Engaged "ACE" Research Awards: Increasing Access to
Empirically-validated Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Dissemination of
PEERS into Community Health Settings. Submitted as PI/Academic Investigator
from Nemours, with mentorship from Iman Sharif, MD (Nemours) and Brian
Freedman, PhD (University of Delaware). Awarded summer 2016.
*Fall 2016 - Participated in 6 weekly sessions of community-involved research
Training
*November 2017 - Provided 3-hour ASD education to community mental health
providers at Delaware Guidance Services for Youth and Families
*May 15, 2017 - Presented oral update during the ACCEL Community Research
Exchange annual conference (5.75 CME credits) hosted by the University of
Delaware in Newark, Delaware

RESEARCH SUPPORT
Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number U54-GM104941 (PI: Binder-Macleod). 10/1/2016-9/30/2017.

Innovation in Care Integration for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities Program under grant number HRSA-16-048 (PI: Freedman). 9/1/2016-8/31/2019.

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) under grant number HRSA-16-031 (PI: Freedman). 7/1/2016-6/30/2021.

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
Dewey, L. & Gottlieb, M.C. (2011). Ethical guidelines for providing court-ordered outpatient
psychotherapy to juvenile offenders. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 11(1), 1-20.

Other publications:
Dewey, L., Groesz, L., & Holahan, C. (2007). Disordered eating, anxiety, and written emotional
disclosure: A prevention. Undergraduate Research Journal, The University of Texas at Austin,
6(1), 38-49.

PRESENTATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentations:
Palilla, J., Dewey, L. & Bernabe, E. (May 2017). What Autism Spectrum Disorder Services do Families
Want? : Results of a Brief Quality Improvement Survey in a Hospital-based Outpatient Clinic.
Presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in San Francisco, CA.

Dewey, L. & Bernabe, E. (May 2016). An ASD-specific Training Model for Medical Staff to
Support Provision of ASD-friendly Medical Care. Presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in Atlanta, GA.

Dewey, L. & Bernabe, E. (January 2016). Educating Social Workers on ASD. Presented at the Annual
Neuroscience Center Retreat at Nemours/AIDHC in Wilmington, DE.

Dewey, L. & Davis, K. (May 2015). The Relationship between Adaptive Functioning and Social
Responsiveness in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Caregiver Quality of
Life (QoL). Presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in
Salt Lake City, UT.

Dewey, L. & Bernabe, E. (May 2015). Factors Affecting Caregiver Satisfaction with a Family-Centered
Evaluation for ASD. Presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in
Salt Lake City, UT.

Dewey, L. & Bernabe, E. (April 2015). Caregiver Satisfaction Following a Family-Centered Evaluation
for ASD. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54)
in San Diego, CA.

Dewey, L. & Wilkinson-Smith, A. (February 2013). Parent Report Compared to Direct Assessment of
Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children with Primary Anxiety. Presented at the
41st Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Dewey, L. & Motes, M. (April 2011). The Relationship Between Brain Activity Supporting Working
Memory and Age in Youths. Presented at the 18th Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Dewey, L. & Motes, M. (April 2010). The Relationship Between Brain Activity Supporting Working
Memory and Age in Youths. Presented at the 4th Reprogramming the Human Brain Symposium
jointly sponsored by the Center for BrainHealth, The University of Texas at Dallas & The
University of California at Berkeley in Dallas, TX.

Dewey, L., Tao, R., Motes, M., Emslie, G., & Rypma, B. (November 2009). Functional neuroimaging
of working memory in pediatric major depression. Presented at the 29th Annual National
Academy of Neuropsychology Convention in New Orleans, LA.

Dewey, L., Tao, R., Motes, M., Emslie, G., & Rypma, B. (November 2009). Working memory related
fMRI differences in the prefrontal cortex in pediatric major depression. Presented at the annual
Texas Psychological Association Convention in Houston, TX.

Dewey, L., Tao, R., Motes, M., Emslie, G., & Rypma, B. (October 2009). Working Memory Related
fMRI Differences in the Prefrontal Cortex and Anterior Cingulate Cortex in Pediatric Major
Depression. Presented at the annual Graduate Student Organization Poster Session at the
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

Dewey, L., Groesz, L., & Holahan, C. (December 2006). Disordered eating, anxiety, and written
emotional disclosure: a prevention. Presented at the bi-annual Psychology Honors Theses
Presentation at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX.

Professional Presentations:
Dewey, L. & Rose, C. (May 2017). Increasing Access to Empirically-validated Interventions for Autism
Spectrum Disorder: Dissemination of PEERS into Community Health Settings. Presented at the
ACCEL Community Research Exchange in Wilmington, DE. *1 CME credit

Avery, T., DeNight, K., Freedman, B., Ekbladh, A., and Dewey, L. (January 2017). The Delaware
Network for Excellent in Autism - What Will it Mean for Delaware Families and Providers?
Invited to participate on a panel discussion for Delaware's annual LIFE conference through
Delaware's Developmental Disabilities Council in Dover, DE. *1 hour CEU for mental health
professionals

Dewey, L. & Bernabe, E. (October 2016). Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom. Presented
to Delaware educators as part of annual school conference at Nemours/AIDHC in Wilmington, DE. *2 hours CEU for teachers

Dewey, L. (June 2016). Recognizing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Primary Care Setting.
Presented at Pediatric Grand Rounds at Inspira Medical Center in Vineland, NJ. *1 hour CME

Dewey, L. & Bernabe, E. (October 2015). Understanding ASD and Implementing Behavioral
Interventions in Inpatient Settings. Presented to Nemours' Social Work division at
Nemours/AIDHC in Wilmington, DE. *2 hours CEU for SW

Dewey, L. (August 2014). Understanding ASD. Presented at School and Community Nurses Education
at Nemours/AIDHC in Wilmington, DE.

Dewey, L. (May 2014). Integrating Behavioral Health in Pediatric Care. Presented at Pediatric
Grand Rounds at Riddle Medical Center in Media, PA. *1 hour CME

Dewey, L. (April 2014). Parenting the Plugged in Child. Presented at a Nemours parenting seminar
at St. Aloysius Academy in Bryn Mawr, PA..

Dewey, L., Carpenter, J., Brown, T., & Boyer, J. (April 2014). Autism, What's the Plan? Presented to
the Fifth Annual Pediatric Peri-Anesthesia Nursing Update at Nemours/AIDHC in Wilmington,
DE. *1 hour CEU for nursing

Dewey, L. (March 2014). Treating ASD in Children. Presented to the Delaware Psychological
Association in Newark, DR. *3 hours CEU

Dewey, L. (November 2013). Parenting the Plugged in Child. Presented at a Nemours parenting seminar
at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, DE.

Dewey, L. (October 2013). Integrating Behavioral Health in Pediatric Care. Presented at Pediatric
Grand Rounds at Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, NJ. *1 hour CME

Dewey, L. (September 2013). Psychology Overview. Presented to pediatric residents and practicing
physicians for the Board Exam in Pediatrics in Wilmington, DE.

Dewey, L. (May 2013). Raising a Friendly Kid. Presented at a Nemours parenting seminar at the
Delaware Children's Museum in Wilmington, DE.

Dewey, L. (May 2013). New Directions and Social Strategies for ASD. Presented to educators at a local
private school for children with learning difference, the Centreville School in Newark, DE.

Dewey, L. & Meduri, A. (May 2013). Clinical Care Case: Autism Spectrum Disorders. Presented at
Pediatric Grand Rounds at Nemours/AIDHC in Wilmington, DE. *1 hour CEU/CME

Dewey, L. (October 2012). Autism: The Importance of Early Intervention. Presented at a continuing
education workshop for pediatricians in Malvern, PA.

Dewey, L. (March 2012). fMRI Revealed: Making the Techniques and Research Clinically Relevant.
Presented to the Psychology Department at the monthly Psychological Services Staff Meeting
at Children's Medical Center Dallas in Dallas, TX. *1 hour CEU

Dewey, L. (March 2012). Differential Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorders versus Psychosis.
Presented to the Crystal Charity Ball Autism Project staff at Children's Medical Center Dallas in
Dallas, TX.

Dewey, L. (February 2012). Working with Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented to
the staff in the Dallas Psychiatry Inpatient Program at Children's Medical Center Dallas in
Dallas, TX.

Dewey, L., & Dooley, C. (January 2012). Early Childhood Assessment. Presented to the psychology
trainees at Children's Medical Center Dallas in Dallas, TX.

Dewey, L., Clayton, K., & Gottleib, M. (November 2010). Ethical Considerations for Court-Ordered
Outpatient Therapy with Juvenile Offenders. Presented at the annual Texas Psychological
Association Conference in Dallas, TX.

Media:
April 2017 Interviewed for the Dover Post's article highlighting ASD for Autism Awareness Month.

April 2017 Supervised trainee (Jessica Mueller, PsyD) on writing article an "Explaining Mental Health and ASD" for The Sun, Autism Delaware's quarterly newsletter.

October 2016 Authored update on Early Career Psychologist (ECP) development in the Delaware
Psychological Association (DPA) for the Division 31 Newsletter.

May 2016 Authored blog post titled "Treatment for ASD - What's in a name?" for the Healthy Kids
blog published on www.philly.com.

April 2016 Authored video-blog titled "ABCs of Autism" for the Nemours Promise Blog. http://blog.nemours.org/

August 2014 Invited to participate in videos as an expert on ASD by the Lieutenant Governor of
Delaware titled "Front of the Class" http://frontoftheclassde.com/

April 2014 Authored blog post titled "Autism rising? What to do?" for the Healthy Kids blog
published on www.philly.com.

EDITORIAL POSITIONS

2014 - present Editorial Board Member, Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology
2013 Ad hoc Reviewer, Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

June 14, 15 2017 Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children (STAT) - MD Training Workshop; training by Zachary Warren, PhD, Executive Director , Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD). Organized and supported by the Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism (DNEA) and HRSA Building Bridges project at the Center for Disabilities Studies in Newark, DE.

April 28, 2017 Addressing Mental Health Disparities in Ethnic Minority and Rural Populations; training by Jerry Johnson, MD, Lonnie Snowden, PhD, Kirk Dabney, MD, and Rita Landgraf, former Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. Hosted by Nemours/A.I. duPont Hopsital for Children and Delaware Psychological Association, Wilmington, DE.

November 5/6, 2015 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2); training
by Rachel Hundley, PhD, certified ADOS-2 trainer by CADB
Participated in ongoing clinical training.
Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE

November 2/3, 2015 PEERS Evidence-Based Methods for Teaching Social Skills; developed by
UCLA PEERS clinic and two-day training provided by Delaware's State
Personnel Development Grant, Wilmington, DE

March, 2014 Trauma-Informed Care; developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress
Network
Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE

December, 2013 Research Reliability on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second
Edition (ADOS-2), obtained through the Center for Autism and the Developing
Brain (CADB)

July 15 - 20, 2013 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2); training
by the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB)
Participated in the clinical, toddler, and research trainings.
Weill Cornell Medical College, White Plains, NY

December 16, 2011 Dialectical Behavior Therapy; training by Lucy Smith, Ph.D.
Children's Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, TX

November 4, 2011 Introduction to Therapeutic Assessment: Using Psychological Testing as
Brief Psychotherapy; training by Steven Finn, Ph.D.
Dallas Psychological Association, Dallas, Texas

October 10/11, 2011 Treatment of Adolescent Suicide Attempters (TASA); training by Betsy
Kennard, Psy.D., and Jessica Jones, M.A.
Children's Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, Texas

June 8/9, 2009 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Clinical Training Program
Western Psychological Services, Fort Worth, Texas

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

2008 - present American Psychological Association
2013-2016: reviewed abstracts for annual conference
Division 53 - Clinical Child Psychology
Division 54 - Pediatric Psychology
2008 - present Texas Psychological Association
2012 - present Delaware Psychological Association
2016 - 2018: Nominated as DPA's early career psychologist; attended DPA
Executive Council meetings, conducted a self-study of early career psychologist needs, and served as liaison between DPA members and leadership
2014 - present International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)
2015-2016: reviewed abstracts for annual conference

 

PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEES; LEGISLATIVE INVOLVEMENT

2014 Invited to present the Delaware Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder to
the Joint Committee on Health and Education with the ICA
2014 Appointed to participate in educational videos on special needs children by the
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
2013 - present Interagency Commission on Autism (ICA), Delaware, appointed member
2013 - present Delaware Birth Defects and Autism Registry, appointed member

HONORS AND AWARDS
2010 Mary Alice Conroy Award - Best Student Paper in Forensic Psychology 2010,
awarded by the Forensic Practice Division of the Texas Psychological
Association
Focus Research Award - Abstract selected by peers, awarded by the University
of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Clinical Psychology Program
Reprogramming the Human Brain Symposium Award - Poster selected as
one of five outstanding student posters by faculty, awarded by the
University of Texas at Dallas & the University of California at Berkeley
2009 Focus Research Award - Abstract selected by peers, awarded by the University
of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Clinical Psychology Program
2006/2007 Hibbs Psychology Honors Academic Merit Scholarship, awarded by The University of Texas at Austin
2006 Liberal Arts Council Study Abroad Scholarship, awarded by The University of Texas at Austin
2004 James Edmunds Academic Merit Scholarship, awarded by the University of Texas at Austin