Dr. Dershewitz is a licensed psychologist who is honored to serve as Director of the Center Clinic, where she began her training years ago. She oversees the Center Clinic’s operations with an eye toward both training clinicians to provide sensitive, high quality care and meeting the mental health needs of all residents of the DC metropolitan area. She supervises psychotherapy and assessment and is involved in teaching Clinical Procedures, Case Seminar, and Ethics and Professional Issues.
Outside of GW, Dr. Dershewitz maintains a private practice where she sees adults and older adolescents for psychotherapy and psychological evaluations. Her clinical interests include: young adult development; treatment of chronic depressive and anxiety disorders; adoption and fertility issues; the assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults; the impact of parenting children with special needs; ethics; and the treatment and prevention of gender based discrimination, including relationship violence and sexual assault. She is a regular columnist for Outfox, a magazine for autistic children, and is a reviewer for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Additionally, she co-leads a research team exploring the impact of recording psychotherapy sessions for training purposes on individuals who identify as members of racial or ethnic minority groups.
Dr. Dershewitz completed her clinical training at The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program. She returned to the Program as a Postdoctoral Fellow from 2008-10. Prior to graduating, she completed her doctoral internship at the University of Puget Sound’s Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services, where she worked with young adults with a wide variety of presenting problems. She also served as an advisor to several student groups, including the campus judicial board, on sexual assault prevention programs and fair treatment of sexual assault survivors.
Dr. Dershewitz’s clinical interests include young adult development, sexual assault treatment and prevention, healthy relationships, adoption and fertility issues, autism spectrum disorders, and the intersections of law and psychology.
Prior to enrolling in the Psy.D. Program, Dr. Dershewitz worked as a labor and employment lawyer.