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Psychologist / Mental Health Specialist

Oakland, NJ
October 08, 2018

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Brittany Catherine Velardi

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Doctorate of Psychology, Applied Psychology (PsyD) Received May 2018 Multicultural Concentration

Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Piscataway, NJ

Dissertation: Exploring reflective trends in academically at-risk students through microanalysis: Implications for self-regulated learning and intervention. Oral Specialty: Facilitating discussions of multiculturalism and diversity: The utilization of peer-led groups to enhance professional development and promote awareness. Master of Psychology, School Psychology (PsyM) Received May 2016 Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Piscataway, NJ

Bachelor of Art, Psychology (BA) Received May 2013 Counseling and Clinical Specialization

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, NJ


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)

Personal Control Techniques (PCT)


Conversational American Sign Language (ASL)


Kenneth and Linda Schneider Fellowship 2015

Rutgers, The State University

NJPA Foundation Community Service Project Award 2015 Rutgers, The State University

Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society 2013

The College of New Jersey

Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society 2012

The College of New Jersey

Golden Key International Honors Society 2011

The College of New Jersey

Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society 2009

Montclair State University


Mental Health Specialist/ School Psychologist April 2018 – June 2018 Northern Valley Regional High School, Demarest, NJ Supervisor: Barbara Battaglia, M.A., N.C.E.D., LDT-C, S.P.

• Provided individual counseling to 25-30 high school students once within a 4-day cycle.

• Held two weekly peer groups to facilitate the acquisition and maintenance of stress management skills and conflict resolution.

• Conducted risk assessments and distressed student screenings.

• Engaged in daily collaboration and consultation with two special education teachers who run a self-contained classroom program (Bridge).

• Attended monthly meetings for Child Study Team (CST) and staff working in the Bridge Program to discuss student progress and devise/revise interventions.

• Upheld case management duties including transition planning, Individualized Education Plan

(IEP) development and distribution, teacher consultation, parent meetings, annual reviews, and 30-day reviews (when applicable).

• Maintained a personalized log of all student driven actions and contact.

• Participated in weekly mentor meetings with other mental health school staff. Predoctoral Intern Clinician September 2016 – September 2017 Rutgers University College Counseling Center, Newark, NJ Supervisors: Dr. Suah Kim & Dr. Vasudev Dixit

• Maintained a weekly caseload of 20-25 individual clients.

• Conducted Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and learning evaluations.

• Administered the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Woodcock-Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities, Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement, California Verbal Learning Test, Connors Continuous Performance Test, Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System.

• Conducted risk assessments and distressed student screenings.

• Utilized the Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scales and Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function to enhance understanding of client’s presenting concerns and functioning.

• Facilitated a weekly social skills group.

• Utilized a clinical software (TAO) to engage clients in cognitive-behavioral interventions.

• Wrote weekly notes detailing client’s therapeutic progress and continued intervention planning.

• Generated assessment reports in compliance with the Office of Disability Services.

• Conducted progress monitoring through administering CCAPS-64 screener.

• Participated in weekly assessment team meetings and drug and alcohol supervision.

• Engaged in community outreach through leading workshops in Rutgers Newark’s Midnight Madness, De-Stress Fest, and Honors Living and Learning Community.

• Attended two weekly supervision hours with and weekly clinical team meetings.

• Collaborated and consulted with other members of the integrated health team consisting of Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Psychiatrists, and Substance Abuse Specialists. Clinician August 2015 – August 2017

Psychological Services Clinic, Rutgers University, NJ Supervisor: Dr. Kenneth Schneider

• Administered Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and learning evaluations.

• Conducted structured intakes to determine appropriate course of service delivery.

• Wrote integrated assessment and intake reports.

• Discussed eligibility for academic assistance and corresponding accommodations.

• Attended weekly case conferences.

• Collaborated with licensed psychologist to develop treatment plan. Clinician November 2015 – September 2016

Youth Developmental Clinic, Newark, NJ

Supervisors: Dr. Mark Kitzie & Dr. Tanya McDonald

• Led individual and family psychotherapy sessions in an out-patient facility.

• Conducted weekly individualized school-based counseling for twelve elementary and middle school students.

• Conducted weekly adolescent boys group to address pervasive trauma and future planning

• Generated treatment plans in line with ICD-10 diagnostic criteria.

• Facilitated teacher implementation of behavior intervention plans.

• Monitored client progress through bi-weekly classroom observations.

• Wrote weekly progress notes detailing client progress towards therapeutic goals.

• Assisted school personnel in crisis intervention.

• Facilitated communication between school personnel and support staff.

• Participated in monthly didactic training seminars covering Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Forensic Evaluations, working with resistant clients, suicide assessment, parental attachment, impact of personality styles on service delivery and LGBTQ youth. Clinician July 2015 – August 2016

Foster Care Counseling Project, Piscataway, NJ

Supervisors: Dr. Robin Lang & Dr. Tanya McDonald

• Provided individual psychotherapeutic interventions to child clients with trauma histories and emotional and behavioral disorders.

• Facilitated communication between clients and the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P).

• Collaborated with co-therapist(s) on sibling cases to enhance service delivery and enable consistent parenting practices.

• Engaged outside service providers to foster harmonious treatment planning and practices.

• Incorporate evidence-based practices such as, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) and Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (GB-CBT) techniques into therapeutic service delivery.

• Generated initial, quarterly and termination reports in line with DCP&P standards.

• Wrote weekly progress notes.

• Held weekly individual and family therapy sessions with six clients between the ages of five and sixteen.

• Held bi-weekly support and psychoeducation group for college aged students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Mental Health Extern June 2015 – October 2015

Trenton Health Team, Trenton, NJ

Supervisors: Dr. Norbert Wetzel & Dr. Tanya McDonald

• Collaborated with multi-disciplinary team to increase clients’ accessibility to community based mental and medical services.

• Assisted in the development of a standardized interview protocol to facilitate rapport building and enhance client engagement.

• Held monthly workshops on client engagement.

• Conducted weekly individual in-home therapy sessions with clients experiencing comorbid mental and medical health needs.

• Engaged in community outreach activities to spread awareness of local psychological and medical services.

School Practicum Student November 2014 – June 2015 Somerville Elementary, Ridgewood School District, NJ Supervisors: Mrs. Heidi Adkin & Dr. Kim Buxenbaum-Turner

• Administered, scored, interpreted and reported results of various psychological and educational assessments.

• Attended and participate in weekly Child Study Team meetings.

• Collaborated with Child Study Team to determine appropriate student placement.

• Conducted student observation and functional behavior assessments.

• Consulted with special and general education teachers to develop progress monitoring strategies to improve student behavior and reinforce positive teaching practices.

• Held weekly individual counseling sessions.

• Facilitated a weekly social skills lunch group.

School Consultation Practicum Student September 2014 – June 2015 Project NSTM, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

Supervisors: Dr. Damian Petino & Dr. Kim Buxenbaum-Turner

• Conducted teacher consultation.

• Collaborated with special and general education teachers to develop individualized program goals.

• Observed students within special and general education classroom settings to assess behavior and monitored progress.

• Devised and facilitated in the implementation of classroom-wide incentive programs.

• Generated and disseminated behavior implementation plans.

• Held weekly individual counseling sessions for students enrolled in Multiply Disabled (MD) classrooms.

• Integrated manualized and common element therapeutic approaches.

• Utilized ABA techniques under the supervision of a trained behaviorist to increase students’ exposure to pre-determined learning objectives.

Assistant Clinician June 2014 – August 2014

NSTM Summer Pals, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ Supervisor: Dr. Damian Petino

• Provided daily progress feedback to students’ guardian(s)

• Organized progress notes

• Generated end of program reports

• Co-facilitated social skills groups with a group of middle school students and a group of high school students whose diagnoses included: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

• Conducted parent/ guardian training session, which the objective of enabling pro-social practices to be transferred into the interactions within the home. School Practicum Student January 2014 – July 2014

McKinley Elementary & Technology High School, Newark School District, Newark, NJ Supervisors: Dr. Erika Rodgers & Dr. Karen Haboush

• Attended regularly scheduled Child Study Team meeting.

• Assessed students’ strengths and weakness through the administration of cognitive, achievement and behavioral measures.

• Led a bereavement group of five 4th and 5th grade boys who experienced loss as the result of violence.

• Held bi-weekly anger management groups to promote peer support and acceptance.

• Conducted weekly individual counseling session with a 15 year old African American Male to discuss his sexual identity and perceived supports. School Practicum Student January 2014 – July 2014

Bruce Street School for the Deaf, Newark School District, Newark, NJ Supervisors: Mrs. Linette Kindred-Lynch Dr. Karen Haboush

• Evaluated psychological abilities of students through administration of cognitive, achievement and behavioral measures.

• Served as a student interpreter across various school settings.

• Discussed reliability of standardized assessment procedures with the required modifications for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

• Collaborated with the teacher of the deaf and the learning consultant to determine appropriate placement and assistance.

• Conducted weekly individual counseling sessions with a 7th grade boy diagnosed with conduct disorder, with an emphasis on assisting him in developing coping strategies and mindfulness.

Practicum Student January 2013 – March 2013

Preschool Child Study Team, Hackensack School Systems, Hackensack, NJ Supervisor: Dr. Diana Lizardo

• Attended regularly scheduled Child Study Team Meeting.

• Observed students across various preschool disabled classrooms.

• Conducted parent/guardian interviews to gain insight into students’ developmental history. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION

Clinic Advisory Committee September 2014 – August 2017 Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

• Served as liaison between Clinic Director and School Psychology Doctorate students.

• Collaborated with colleagues and Clinic Director to increase clientele.

• Anticipated barriers in the development of new clinic procedures.

• Conferred on the implementation of new clinic procedures.

• Disseminated new clinical procedures to colleagues.

• Developed and reviewed standardized clinical procedures. Research Lab Manager September 2014 – August 2016

Dr. Tim Cleary Research Lab, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

• Implemented a small scale RCT to test the effects of students’ supports in self-regulated learning.

• Ensured quality control through holding regular inquiry and feedback sessions with colleagues.

• Spearheaded the development of a sophisticated statistical database that allows for efficient analysis.

• Maintained integrity of database through regularly inputting acquired data.

• Monitored the progression of specialized tasks in relation to the project timeline.

• Assisted in the development, organization, and review of a specialized training model.

• Collaborated with project director to set agenda.

• Conducted treatment integrity checks.

• Assisted in the development of coding system.

• Assessed coder reliability.

• Delegated tasks to colleagues.

• Reviewed and provide feedback for publication drafts

• Collaborated with PI to develop conference presentation. Research Lab Manager January 2014 – September 2015 Dr. Anne Gregory Research Lab, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

• Measured the “Restorative Practices (RP)” school-based intervention developed to increase the sense of community in classrooms and to reduce referrals to school discipline (e.g., suspension).

• Initiated, managed and maintained teacher correspondence.

• Conducted semi-structured teacher interviews.

• Collaborated with project director to set agenda.

• Facilitated discussion of key topics.

• Delegated tasks to colleagues.

• Assisted with the analysis and dissemination of research findings.

• Transcribed teacher interviews.

Research Assistant January 2012 – May 2013

Relationships Research Lab, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

• Conducted structured interviews of undergraduate students.

• Transcribed structured interviews in standardized format.

• Analyzed and applied controlled coding systems.

• Collaborated with colleagues and head researcher to determine impact of abusive and neglectful relationships.


Focus On Our Diversity (FOOD) Group Coordinator September 2015 – August 2016 Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

• Researched new approaches to fostering and engaging group participants in topics related to multiculturalism and diversity.

• Provided peer-supervision weekly to group facilitators.

• Attended bi-weekly supervision with a licensed psychologist specializing in groups.

• Recruited graduate students to co-facilitate peer-led groups.

• Spread awareness of the group’s mission to graduate students for recruitment.

• Compiled co-facilitators’ availability to schedule bi-weekly group meetings.

• Coordinated resources between generated groups.

• Organized opportunities to meet with graduate faculty to discuss concerns of group facilitators and members.

• Attended monthly student alliance meetings to spread group awareness and facilitate other student groups ability to incorporate diversity in other professional and academic areas. FOOD Group Facilitator September 2014 – June 2016

Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

• Facilitated group discussions on topics of diversity and multiculturalism.

• Coordinated with co-facilitator to enhance group cohesion.

• Fostered the development of safe self-disclosure through engaging members in discussions of difference and the importance of hearing other’s perspectives.

• Provided psychoeducational resources on topics related to multicultural informed psychological practices.

Committee on Diversity Student Member September 2014 – May 2016 Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

• Troubleshoot ways in which the graduate school community can support student diversity groups.

• Discussed current events and the possible impact they might be having on members of our graduate student body as well as with clients.

• Coordinated with student group leaders to increase exposure of upcoming seminars and guest lectures.

First Year Transition Committee Coordinator January 2014 – August 2015 Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

• Collaborated with committee members to plan and schedule social opportunities for first year graduate students.

• Developed bonding activities to foster a sense of community among incoming students.

• Provided support and insight to incoming students prior to enrollment through email and phone correspondence.

• Developed incoming student survey to gauge student expectations and interests.

• Assigned first year student mentors.

• Attended monthly Committee on Diversity meetings to provide the Student Alliance with an updated calendar of events.

• Coordinated with committee members to anticipate potential obstacles to meeting dates and scheduled events.

NASP Committee Head October 2013 – August 2014

Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

• Disseminated updates from NASP liaison to Student Alliance.

• Maintained regular contact with NASP liaison.

• Attended mandatory meeting


Cognitive Assessments

• Differential Abilities Scales (DAS-II)

• Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV), (WISC-V)

• Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPSSI-IV)

• Woodcock-Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities (WJ-III)

• Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV)

Neuropsychological and Developmental Assessments

• Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI-II)

• Beery VMI (Test of Visual-Motor Integration)

• California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT-II)

• Connors Continuous Performance Test (CPT-III)

• Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS)

Achievement Assessments

• Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement (WJ-IV)

• Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III)

Behavior Rating Scales

• Beck Anxiety Inventory

• Beck Depression Inventory

• Beck Helplessness Scale

• Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation

• Beck Youth Inventory

• Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC II)

• Conners Rating Scales (Conners-3)

• Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales

Personality Assessments

• Children’s Apperception Test (CAT)

• Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI-II)

• Projective drawings

o House, Tree, Person (HTP)

o Human Figure Drawing (HFD)

o Kinetic Family Drawing

o Draw-a-Person (DAP)

o Person in the Rain

• Roberts Apperception Test for Children (RATC)

• Sentence Completion Task

• Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

• Word Association Test


• Proficient in utilizing Realtime and Powerschool software

• Knowledgeable in conducting semi-structured interviews

• Qualtrics Survey Software

• SPSS Statistical Program

• CPR Certified

• Microsoft Office

• Proficient in Windows and MAC OS

• Familiar with manipulating and retrieving files from audio and visual devices

• Trained in transcription writing

• Practiced in implementing coding procedures

• Experienced lab manager

• Capable of understanding professional writing



• Cleary, T., Velardi, B., & Schnaidman, B. (2017). Effects of the Self-Regulation Empowerment Program (SREP) on Middle School Students' Strategic Skills and Mathematics Achievement. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Presentations and Workshops

• Cleary, T., Velardi, B., Schnaidman, B., & Klein, A. (2016). Enhancing self-regulated leaning skills and Achievement of academically at-risk students. Presentation presented at NASP 2016 Annual Convention.

• Velardi, B. & Manuel, A. (2015). Focusing on our diversity: Using peer-led diversity groups as a tool to promote multicultural awareness. Workshop presented at NASPA 2015 Multicultural Institute.

Attended Conferences

• Summer School of Addiction Studies 2016

• National Association of School Psychology (NASP) Convention 2016

• National Association of School Personnel Administrators (NASPA) 2015

• National Association of School Psychology (NASP) Convention 2015 PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

• National Association of School Psychologist, Student Member

• New Jersey Psychological Association, Student Member

• New Jersey Association of School Psychologist, Student Member

• American Psychological Association, Division 16, Student Member RELEVANT GRADUTE COURSE WORK

3rd Year

• Program Evaluation Spring 2016

• Academic Interventions, Adult Organization Learning and Change Fall 2015 2nd Year

• Professional Ethics Standards and Career Development Summer 2015

• Advanced Statistics and Research Design, Crisis Intervention, Foundations of Learning Disabilities, History and Systems, Multicultural Supervision, School Psychology Interventions Spring 2015

• Community Psychology, Consultation Methods, Psychological Intervention with Diverse Population, Multicultural Supervision, Introduction to Statistics Fall 2014 1st Year

• Biological Basis of Behavior, Exceptional Children Summer 2014

• Child Psychopathology, Cognitive Behavioral Assessment of Children, Personality Assessment, Theoretical Foundations of Intervention: Analytic, Theoretical Foundations of Intervention: Systems Spring 2014

• Adult Psychopathology, Basic Therapeutic Strategies, Human Development, Individual Cognitive Assessment, Introduction to School Psychology, Theoretical Foundations of Intervention: Cognitive Behavioral Model & Psychoanalytic Therapy Fall 2013


Barbara Battaglia, M.A., N.C.E.D., LDT-C, S.P.

Director of Special Education

Northern Valley Regional High School District

150 Knickerbocker Road, Demarest =, NJ

249 University Avenue, Newark, NJ


Phone: 201-***-****

Dr. Suah Kim (Ph.D.)


College Counseling Center Rutgers University – Newark 249 University Avenue, Newark, NJ


Phone: 973-***-****

Dr. Timothy Cleary (Ph.D.)

Director School Psychology Program, Chair Applied Psychology Department, Associate Professor Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University


Phone: 848-***-****

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