Our Psychologists and Counselors


JoAnna Snider Anderson, Psy. D. is a Licensed Psychologist (Clinical, Clinical Child) who received her Doctorate of Psychology from Spaulding University with an emphasis in childhood disorders and a specialty in the full spectrum of Pervasive Developmental Disorders including Autistic Disorder, Rett’s Disorder and Asperger’sDisorder. Dr. Anderson also has significant experience in the AD/HD assessment process which enables her to consider other conditions or developmental disorders that might co-exist with AD/HD or in some cases better explain the difficulties found within the family seeking help for their presenting problems. In addition to her testing and therapy contributions with Premier Psychological Services, she also provides comprehensive developmental services for infants and children with neurological differences. Dr. Anderson’s experience also includes the psychological assessment of children with: communication disorders and delays, affective disorders, learning disabilities, adjustment issues, and behavioral disorders. Dr Anderson has a strong reputation and experience in providing Forensic Services. She has provided court ordered evaluations as well as therapy for a variety of issues. She also has experience with testifying in court as well as consulting with attorneys and other professionals. 

 

Stephen L. Tate, Psy. D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who obtained his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, IL. Dr. Tate brings more than 15 years of experience as a clinician combining cognitive behavioral therapy with psychodynamic theory to assist children, adolescents, and families in working through a wide variety of mental health issues, including depression, trauma and anxiety disorders. He has a strong commitment to children and families and firmly believes in helping people learn how to develop proactive solutions to daily life situations. Dr. Tate also seeks to create change in interpersonal relationships and the family system and improve the lives of children, adolescents, and adults by understanding them as whole persons.

 

Cynthia Orrego, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist who received her Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American and a Doctorate of Psychology in School Psychology from Texas A&M University.  Dr. Orrego completed her internship training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical School, located in Houston’s Texas Medical Center and completed her post-doctoral work at Houston Independent School District.  Dr. Orrego specializes in the assessment of autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities, as well as the treatment of emotional/behavioral issues.  She also has significant experience in the assessment of individuals with attentional disorders and learning disabilities.  In addition to her work at Premier Psychological Services, Dr. Orrego works with Spanish-speaking families of infants and children with disabilities.  Dr. Orrego uses a family systems approach in which parents are involved in the treatment of their child, including learning positive parenting techniques.

 

Lindsay E. Asawa, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist (Clinical, Clinical Child) who received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Asawa completed her internship at Baylor College of Medicine and her post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Dr. Asawa specializes in working with children and families to evaluate and address many of the common problems that arise in the home and school setting. She has extensive experience treating anxiety and behavioral concerns, as well as providing parent training in both group and individualized settings. In addition, Dr. Asawa has experience with the treatment and evaluation of children with a history of trauma, child maltreatment, and involvement with foster care. Dr. Asawa utilizes both cognitive-behavioral and family systems approaches to the evaluation and treatment of children.

 

Michelle Marion Rhodes, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist (Clinical, Clinical Child) obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She then obtained a master’s and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Rhodes completed an internship in clinical psychology at Baylor College of Medicine, which included training at DePelchin Children’s Center. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Behavioral Science. Dr. Rhodes has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She also has extensive experience and a passion for working with traditionally underserved populations. Dr. Rhodes has training in health psychology and ethnic minority studies. Her theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral. In addition to her work at Premier Psychological Services, Dr. Rhodes also holds a faculty appointment in the Clinical Adolescent Psychology program at Prairie View A and M University.

 

Dyanna M. Villesca, Ph.D., LSSP is a Licensed Psychologist who received her master’s degree from Texas State University and her doctorate from the University of Houston both in School Psychology. She is also a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). Dr. Villesca completed a formal pre-doctoral internship with Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and post-doctoral hours with Katy ISD. She has several years of experience working with school districts in the Houston area consulting with teachers, providing counseling to students, and working with parents on behavioral management strategies at home. Dr. Villesca specializes in the evaluation of ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disorders. She uses a cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy and applies evidenced-based treatment strategies whenever possible when working with children and adolescents. Dr. Villesca is Spanish speaking and also has expertise in the area of bilingual assessment of English language learners.  

 

Tanya Y. Banda, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist with advanced training and expertise in child psychology. She obtained her PhD in School Psychology at Texas A&M University, College Station. Dr. Banda completed a clinical child internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in early childhood mental health. Dr. Banda specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of early childhood disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, behavioral disorders, impact of stress and trauma, and developmental delays. Her areas of interest include assessment of children whose primary language is Spanish, as well as providing parents with developmental guidance in order to improve the parent-child relationship. Dr. Banda has extensive experience with addressing parent-child relational problems within foster families. In addition to early childhood mental health, Dr. Banda also has experience in collaborating with and providing mental health consultation to Head Start and other preschool programs.

 

Dinorah Zanger, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who received her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and Doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Zanger completed her internship in the Learning Support Center at Texas Children's Hospital and completed post-doctoral training in a private practice specializing in neuropsychological evaluations. Dr. Zanger is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and additionally she holds a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling. She has over eight years of experience as an educator in Texas.

 

Kimberly Rennie, Ph.D. is a pediatric neuropsychologist who received her doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. She completed her internship in pediatric psychology and pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics-Minneapolis. Dr. Rennie then went on to complete a 2 year fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Rennie has significant experience with the evaluation of children and adolescents with acquired and traumatic brain injuries, neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD and Autism, as well as patients with medical and genetic conditions that impact their neuropsychological functioning . Dr. Rennie came to us from a pediatric rehabilitation hospital where she provided both neuropsychological evaluation and intervention services. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Rennie maintains an adjunct faculty position in the School Psychology Department of the University of Houston. She has also authored a number of articles and presentations on understanding the neuropsychological sequelae of chronic and acute medical conditions.

 

Lauren Grodin, Psy.D. (Provisionally Licensed-TX) is a pediatric / child psychologist who received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Grodin specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral, coping, and health-related conditions. Her professional background includes working with children, adolescents, and their families to address behavioral difficulties, anxiety, depression, ADHD, social skills deficits, developmental disabilities, as well as conducting psychoeducational evaluations. Dr. Grodin has extensive experience working with children with medical conditions as well, including brain and spinal cord injuries, cystic fibrosis, cancer, diabetes, and sleep disorders. Her experience also includes providing interventions to address adjustment and coping difficulties related to medical conditions, adherence issues, anxiety with medical procedures, and pill swallowing difficulties. Dr. Grodin sits on the Board of Directors for the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation and joined us after moving from Florida, where she worked as a Licensed Psychologist in a private practice setting and with a pediatric neurology practice.

 

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