Ms. Hersh is a Child and Adolescent Psychology Track intern; which combines training in child and adolescent cognitive-behavioral, evidence-based therapies with clinical experiences treating adults. As an intern, she is supervised and mentored by faculty of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and serve on the clinical staffs of both the Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital.
In addition, to diverse clinical experience with inpatients and outpatients from both sites, and opportunities to specialize in focused, research based treatment modalities and assessment techniques, as an intern she is also provided with a rich and extensive didactic program to augment the practical training.
Furthermore, Ms. Hersh is working on her Dissertation, Can Computers Assist Treatment: Virtual Reality as a Possible Cue Exposure Technique for Use with Adolescent Substance Abusers. She is developing and testing a virtual reality paradigm for adolescent marijuana abusers with hopes that virtual reality can be used to enhance treatment engagement and effectiveness among adolescent substance abusers in the future.
Ms. Hersh earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Psychology with Highest Honors, Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University. Presently, Ms. Hersh is in the process of earning her doctoral degree in clinical psychology and a Certificate in College Teaching at Duke University. Her research there primarily focused on treatments for adolescent depression and substance abuse.
Prior to beginning her internship, Ms. Hersh completed externships in outpatient and inpatient hospital settings including a university psychology clinic, a school setting, a specialized anxiety and mood clinic, a specialized CBT/DBT clinic, a pediatric neuropsychology clinic, a substance abuse clinic, and a state inpatient hospital. Her work experience includes conducting research, individual and group therapy, as well as assessments and evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults.
Her research interests are primarily focused on psychopathology among adolescents and if/how conditions manifest and present in various sub-populations with a related interest in the possible need to tailor treatments to specific populations.
Ms. Hersh has presented at several professional organizations including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, among others. She has authored and co-authored articles published in Science, Alcohol, Psychopharmacology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, and Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and ABCT. Ms. Hersh has received specialized training and workshops in CBT and DBT therapies, the Rorschach inkblot and projective tests, suicide risk and intervention, and improving care for veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
She has received numerous honors, including an APA Dissertation Research Award and as a recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health T32 Training Grant.