Dr. Melville Francis is a staff psychologist who works full time at CBC with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and families. Dr. Francis has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including their application to children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient and school settings. In addition to providing individual, family, and group CBT and DBT therapies, Dr. Francis is a certified School Psychologist with interests in neuropsychological assessment and is well versed in cross-battery psychological and educational assessments and Specific Learning Disability (SLD) identification. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with a wide range of difficulties, including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, personality disorders, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicidality.
Dr. Francis received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College – CUNY. She earned a master’s degree in Clinical Science from Vanderbilt University, and a master’s in School Psychology from St. John’s University. Dr. Francis received her Doctorate of Psychology from St. John’s University.
Dr. Francis completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Pleasantville School District in Westchester, where she received training in the implementation of evidence-based treatments, including CBT and DBT, in the school setting, individually and in groups for children and adolescents presenting with anxiety, mood, behavior, and autism spectrum disorders.
As part of her graduate training, Dr. Francis has gained expertise in conducting psychological evaluations and consulting with teachers and other school professionals in developing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, leading social skills/organizational skills groups, as well as implementing behavior plans within the classroom setting across grades K through 12. She has worked directly with staff to aid in the development of plans for general education students as well as students with developmental disabilities and students in the therapeutic support program to address severe emotional disturbance.
Dr. Francis completed a clinical externship at Westchester Jewish Community Services where she provided individual therapy, group therapy, skills training and psychological and psychoeducational evaluations. Dr. Francis also worked as a clinician at the St. John’s Center for Psychological Services where she received extensive training working with individuals who have experienced trauma, specifically implementing trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT).
Dr. Francis is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), American Psychological Association (APA) Division 16 (School Psychology), New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), and Westchester County Psychological Association (WCPA). Her doctoral dissertation included an examination of the effects of domestic violence on children and caregiver PTSD symptoms, and her research interest includes child abuse, maltreatment, and the implementation of evidence-based treatments within school settings.