Dr. Heather Watson-Perez (NJ license #4943) is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. She incorporates both cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic theory in her psychotherapeutic approach, and has experience in the treatment of a variety of diagnoses, including Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Eating Disorders. She also specializes in teaching social skills to children with Anxiety, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Dr. Watson-Perez graduated with high honors from the Commonwealth Honors College at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received her B.A. in Psychology and a certificate in Social Work. During her undergraduate education Dr. Watson-Perez co-authored a journal article entitled "Stress and Family Satisfaction in Parents of Children with Facial Port-Wine Stains" as part of a training experience at The Rusk Institute, NYU Medical Center. Dr. Watson-Perez continued her studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, obtaining her M.A. in Applied Psychology. Her Masters thesis was entitled "Homeless Women and Children: A Descriptive Study", and was based on her work at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence in New York City. Dr. Watson-Perez obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she studied under Gretchen Gibbs, Ph.D., further focusing her research on survivors of domestic violence.
During her studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dr. Watson-Perez completed two clinical externships. At Morristown Memorial Hospital's Family Enrichment Program, her work focused on forensic assessments and therapy with children and adolescents. At South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, Dr. Watson-Perez worked with adolescents and adults, both inpatient and outpatient, and conducted assessments and psychotherapy. Dr. Watson-Perez completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, NY. Her training focused on inpatient and outpatient group and individual therapy. During her internship, Dr. Watson-Perez's clinical rotations included Behavioral Medicine, Adult Inpatient, and Addictions/Detoxification.
Dr. Watson-Perez is a member of the American Psychological Association and The New Jersey Psychological Association. She has held numerous supervisory positions in the field of clinical work with children and adolescents and has led workshops on parenting and discipline for parents and caregivers, both locally and nationally.
Dr. Yvonne Hansen (NJ license #4602) is a clinical psychologist, and has specialized training in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, play therapy, group therapy and family systems therapy. She enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. Her areas of specialty include cognitive behavioral treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and chronic pain.
Dr. Hansen received her B.A. in Psychology from Douglass College at Rutgers University. Her honor’s thesis, entitled “Peers’ Perceptions of One Another in a Racially Diverse Classroom” was based on her work with Dr. Maurice Elias’ project entitled “Promoting Academic Achievement Through a Social Decision making and Problem Solving Approach to Violence Prevention and Multicultural Education.” Dr. Hansen went on to receive her M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Here, her Masters thesis, based on her research with Dr. Suniya Luthar, was entitled “Is There a Moderating Effect of Parental Values on the Relationship Between Anxiety and Parental Attachment in Young, Affluent Adolescents?” Dr. Hansen received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where her research focused on her work with Dr. Linda Reddy in the area of effective and comprehensive treatment programs for young children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Dr. Hansen completed her clinical externship at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC, where her clinical work focused on outpatient family therapy, play therapy with children, individual therapy with patients of all ages, the inpatient treatment of adults with severe mental illness and substance abuse issues, and psychological evaluation. She completed her clinical internship at Kings County Hospital Center, in Brooklyn, NY. Here, her clinical rotations included the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic, the Adolescent Boys Inpatient Unit, the Pediatric Psychiatric Emergency Room, the Infant Child Learning Center, and the Family Care Center which served children and adolescents with HIV/AIDS. During her clinical internship, Dr. Hansen presented at Grand Rounds on the topic of race, power, and privilege within the therapeutic relationship.
Dr. Hansen is a member of the American Psychological Association and The New Jersey Psychological Association. She has published numerous articles on multimodal treatment interventions for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and co-authored a book chapter within Empirically Validated Play Interventions for Children.
Post Doctoral Fellows
In addition to Drs. Hansen and Watson-Perez, West Morris Psychological Associates employs Post-Doctoral Fellows. These highly-trained Post Docs have completed their doctorates in Psychology at American Psychological Association Accredited programs. Their training includes extensive coursework, research, teaching, and a full year clinical internship. In the state of New Jersey, graduates of these programs must then work for three years under the supervision of a Licensed Psychologist as they progress toward their own licensure. During this time, Post Doctoral Fellows hold a Temporary Permit to practice under supervision, issued by the New Jersey Board of Psychological Examiners.
At West Morris Psychological Associates, we are highly selective in the Post Doctoral Fellows we hire. Many clients find it beneficial to see a Post Doc because their fees are lower than the fees of our Licensed Psychologists. Additionally, the quality of care is superb as they are highly supervised by our experienced Licensed Psychologists.
The New Jersey Board of Psychological Examiners has regulated that advertising Post Doctoral Fellows is not permitted. This is why you will not see our Post Docs on our website, nor will they be able to advertise in any way until they are fully licensed.