Psychologist Intern, MA
Tammy Bissesar, MA., is a Pre-doctoral Psychologist Intern specializing in Clinical Neuropsychology at Adler University – Chicago. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler University. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago and is currently completing her doctorate, with a focus in Pediatric Neuropsychology. Tammy is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor (IL). Her clinical training includes a two-year Advanced Pediatric Neuropsychology Externship at the University of Chicago Medicine (Comer Children’s Hospital).
Throughout her training, Tammy has provided psycho-diagnostic and psychotherapeutic services in academic medical centers, private practices, correctional facilities, public schools, and clinical settings. In these settings, she has completed extensive training in neuropsychological, psychological, socioemotional, and educational assessment measures, and psychotherapeutic intervention with children, adults and families. Her areas of focus include diagnoses or suspected concerns in ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Epilepsy, Neurocognitive Disorders, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Specific Learning Disorders, Developmental Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Stress-related disorders, and children and families impacted by chronic illness or medical conditions. Tammy’s diagnostic focus centers around understanding each client’s pattern of strengths and areas of growth, to not only determine a formal diagnosis, but to inform applicable recommendations to assist with psychoeducational accommodations (as part of an IEP/504 Educational Plan) to help each child achieve their optimal level of functioning.
As a practitioner, Tammy incorporates a biopsychosocial approach, with integration of CBT, TF-CBT, ACT, and Mindfulness. In addition, Tammy focuses on neurobehavioral intervention, and neurocognitive rehabilitation in order to assist clients with building awareness and behavioral regulation; and developing skills around organization, sustained attention, social skills, and emotional regulation with children who experience challenges in cognitive areas of function (attention, inhibition, memory, visual-spatial, etc.) . Tammy’s philosophy is to employ an interdisciplinary approach and work in collaboration with her clients, parents, teachers, medical professionals and related members of the care team to best meet the needs of each pediatric client.
Supervisor: Rose Eagle, Ph.D., Oregon Licensed Psychologist #1951
Specific Learning Disorders
CBT, TF-CBT, ACT
Executive Functioning Coaching & Neurocognitive Rehabilitation
“What we do in life, echoes in eternity”
Online articles & resources
- The Incredible Years: A Trouble-Shooting Guide for Parents of Children
- Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
- Dr. Russell Barkley (ADHD)
- 12 Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD
- Treating ADHD in Children and Adolescents What Every Clinician Needs to Know
- Dr. Peg Dawson (Executive Function)
- Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents
- Smart but Scattered—and Stalled