Matthew Roth, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
People’s lives are constantly changing. This is particularly true in childhood and adolescence, where so much change happens in a relatively short period of time! Being able to help families navigate their child’s development was the reason I decided to become a child and adolescent psychologist. I am fortunate to have made that choice. I have a job that is exciting and rewarding and I am grateful that so many families allow me to join their journey.
It is my belief that treating children and adolescents means working with a system of parents, teachers, siblings, and caretakers. I take a collaborative approach to therapy, working with a child’s support network in developing treatment goals and plans. I am trained in the behavioral psychology tradition, in a number of evidence-based treatments across ages and clinical presentations, including applied behavior analysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, parent management training, parent-child interaction therapy, and mindfulness based strategies. I commonly work with families with presenting with concerns of anxiety, emotion dysregulation, and disruptive and oppositional behavior. With all families, I utilize an individualized approach to treatment and carefully assess the child’s strengths/weaknesses and the family’s values while developing a treatment plan. My philosophy in therapy is to capitalize on a child’s strengths while developing skills in areas of need.
There are also times where families are interested in finding out why their child may not be thriving in their academic, social, or home environment. Being able to provide assessment in the cognitive, academic, and socio-emotional domains is another important aspect of my work with families. It is through these assessments where I can quantify a child’s abilities, identify strengths, areas for growth, and underlying psychiatric concerns, and provide practical recommendations for intervention, environmental modifications, or resources.
In addition to my training in general child and adolescent clinical psychology, I have a number of years of training and experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan. This includes adapting evidence based treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, to best fit the learning style of the Autism Spectrum Disorder population. In addition, I am trained in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), the gold standard in assessing Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have developed an understanding of how Autism Spectrum Disorder overlaps and differs with conditions such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, and am able to provide families with diagnostic clarification. Finally, I have an interest in sociosexuality development in Autism Spectrum Disorder and helping individuals transition into adolescence and adulthood. I have developed a treatment manual focusing on the specific challenges adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder face during this time in development.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Parent Management Training
Behavioral Intervention Plans
Social Skills Training
Sociosexual Psychoeducation Therapy for Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Adaptations of CBT for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Evaluations
Functional Behavioral Assessments
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University, Child and Adolescent Specialty
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Child Study Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center
Predoctoral Clinical Internship at the May Institute
Clinical and Research Reliable on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition (ADOS-2)