About Dr. Collier



MISSION:     Dr. Collier's mission is to support behavioral and developmental progress in children through direct intervention and by coaching parents in techniques they can use with their children, every day. She brings passion and energy to her work. She explains her strengths based approach in her own words on the Home page. 

EXPERIENCE:     Dr. Collier has worked with children and parents in office and home settings for more than 20 years. She works with children presenting a wide variety of problems. Her special interests are working with children who have autism or other developmental delays and children who have acting out behaviors.


EDUCATION:     Dr. Collier is a licensed, doctoral level psychologist. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University in 1995. She has taught ethics for psychologists at the graduate level. She has taught and supervised clinicians completing their master's degrees in counseling psychology.  


SPECIAL CERTIFICATION:     Dr. Collier is certified at the post graduate level in DIR® and Floortime™, both as a clinician and a trainer. Dr. Collier has trained over 80 area clinicians in this model, as a consultant trainer working closely with a local county. She is a faculty member at a national special needs organization, Profectum, where she participates in training and supervision for clinicians in the United States and abroad. In her agency work, she is clinical tutor in the DIR® model for community based mental health professionals.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:     Dr. Collier is a member of the Pennsylvania Psychological AssociationProfectum (Advancing Development for Individuals and Families with Special Needs), and the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL).


CLINICAL ORIENTATION:     Dr. Collier's clinical orientation includes behavioral and developmental approaches, tailored to the individual child and family. Developmental work is based on the DIR® model and Floortime™ interventions of Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Weider. This is further explained on the DIR® page. Behavioral work in based on recognized principles for behavior modification.


To learn what growth patterns children share with the young tree in the banner, go to the DIR®  Floortime™ page.