Dr. Anita Payan is a Psychologist (#37693) and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (#71081) in the state of Texas. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Organizational Management at Emory University, Master of Education in Counseling at the University of Houston, and Doctorate of Philosophy in School Psychology at the University of Houston. She has trained in a variety of settings in Houston including Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, the University of Texas Health and Science Center of Houston, and various public schools. She completed her American Psychological Association (APA) accredited pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in the Houston Independent School District Psychological Services and Crisis Intervention Department. She has prior work experience as a psychologist in a medical setting and as a contracted specialist for conducting psychoeducational evaluations in schools.
Dr. Payan specializes in working with children, adolescents, and emerging adults in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, and adjustment related issues such as grief and loss. A backbone of her practice is cognitive behavioral in nature, where she works with youth to increase their emotional awareness and identify better ways of thinking and behaving to become more effective in everyday life. She also provides parent consultation services to assist parents in better understanding a diagnosis and developing behavioral strategies that help youth to thrive, such as facilitating youth’s ability to problem solve. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, checking out a new museum exhibit, and traveling whenever possible.