Dr. Amanda Strano is the Co-Director of the PCIT program and a staff psychologist at CBC, where she provides individual, family, and group therapies to children, adolescents and adults. Amanda has received intensive training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). A certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist, Dr. Strano also has expertise in evidence-based treatments for disruptive behavior and anxiety disorders. Furthermore, Dr. Strano treats children with selective mutism through the Child & Adolescent Anxiety and Related Disorders Program here at CBC. Amanda uses a collaborative and compassionate approach when working with families, taking time to understand and problem-solve barriers to treatment to improve overall treatment effectiveness.
Prior to completing her postdoctoral fellowship year here at CBC, Amanda completed her APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at ANDRUS in Westchester. There, she treated children, adolescents, adults, and families presenting with internalizing and externalizing symptoms such as anxiety, mood disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders (e.g., ADHD, oppositional-defiant disorder). Amanda completed a clinical externship at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders of Westchester (CUCARD-W), where she received specialized training in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of children and adolescents presenting with anxiety, mood and disruptive behavior disorders. In addition, Amanda conducted exposure therapy and exposure and response prevention (Ex/RP) for youth with anxiety and OCD. Amanda also completed a clinical externship at New York Foundling, where she provided individual and family therapy to high-risk youth and families in the foster care system.
Amanda earned her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University – Post Campus. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Brooklyn College. Her research interests include examining parental cognition to more effectively problem solve treatment barriers, increase treatment adherence, and ultimately improve outcomes. Amanda is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).