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Dr. Katie SpencerKatherine S. Spencer, Psy.D.

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Spencer is a licensed pediatric (child health) psychologist who provides assessment and therapy for children, adolescents, and families coping with acute and chronic medical conditions, stress, and related emotional, behavioral, and developmental disorders. Dr. Spencer also provides health psychology services for adults with chronic illness. She provides cognitive-behavioral therapy, biofeedback and stress management training, parent/family training, and behavioral medicine consultation.

Dr. Spencer is an Atlanta-area native who completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Vanderbilt University and her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She trained at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and completed her residency at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/ Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She worked as a Pain Psychologist at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where she developed a pain psychology consultation service for individuals undergoing intensive rehabilitation for spinal cord and brain injuries. She is credentialed at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Dr. Spencer specializes in treating anxiety, adjustment disorders, sleep disorders, chronic pain, headaches, psychosomatic conditions, GI disorders, children’s eating problems, and problems adhering to medical regimens (i.e., pill swallowing, diets, injections). She helps individuals and families better understand the complex interactions between medical symptoms, stress, and overall functioning (i.e., school/work, social, family, sports). She is available to collaborate with your other medical practitioners to provide the most integrated behavioral care. She can also assist children and adolescents with school re-integration and adjustment following lengthy absences.

She is a member of American Psychological Association, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Society of Pediatric Psychology, Society of Health Psychology, and Georgia Psychological Association. She has been involved with several research projects, presented posters at national and international conferences, and co-written psychology publications. 

Dr. Spencer can be contacted directly by email at dr.spencer@bia1.com or by calling 404-256-9325, ext. 727.


Cogmed

Cogmed Working Memory Training

Dr. Katie Spencer is proud to be a certified provider of Cogmed Working Memory TrainingTM. Cogmed is an evidence-based program for helping children, adolescents, and adults improve their attention by training their working memory. Working memory is the ability to keep information in your mind for a short time, focus on a task, and remember what to do next. In daily life, working memory plays an important role in the capacity to follow multi-step instructions, perform the various steps involved in sequencing a task, and sustain both attention and impulse control.

Signs of working memory deficits:
• problems focusing
• difficulty starting and completing tasks
• easily distracted
• forgetting instructions or difficulty following multi-step instructions (particularly after a delay)
• performing tasks with high sequencing demands (such as getting ready for school).

Studies also show that challenges with working memory often lead to difficulties in school, particularly with regard to reading comprehension and math.

Cogmed is based upon strong scientific research and can be completed in the convenience of one's own home. Studies have shown that Cogmed is effective at improving working memory, with associated improvements in school performance, reading comprehension, math skills, and behavior. Research has also found that Cogmed leads to greater gains than medication alone, and these improvements are sustained over time.

The complete program includes:
• Initial interview
• Start-up session
• Five weeks of training with weekly phone check-ins
• Wrap-up meeting
• Six month follow-up interview
• Cogmed Extension Training (12 months)
For more information, contact Dr. Spencer:
404-256-9325 ext 727
dr.spencer@bia1.com

 
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