Child and Adolescent Psychologist
Dr. Sandra Deris Atassi is a child and adolescent psychologist within the Division of Psychology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. She earned her doctorate in psychology from Miami Institute of Psychology, with concentration in neuropsychology. Dr. Deris Atassi then completed both her psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Deris Atassi specializes in psychological, developmental, and psycho-educational assessments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disorders, giftedness, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, and pediatric health conditions. She also conducts psychotherapy for children and adolescents with a variety of mental and medical conditions/diagnoses. Her conceptual model is rooted in a comprehensive theoretical approach incorporating health psychology, psychodynamic and attachment theory, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral, depending on the specific diagnosis and needs of each individual and family.
Dr. Deris Atassi has provided workshops for parents and teachers and appeared on several TV and radio shows.
Dr. Deris Atassi is a member of the American Psychological Association and Florida Psychological Association. She is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the multispecialty physician group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. Dr. Deris Atassi is fluent in English and Spanish.
The Division of Psychology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital offers unique therapeutic programs in both the inpatient and outpatient settings using a collaborative approach that enlists the cooperation of professionals, child and family. It offers consultations, therapy and assessment services to children and adolescents, including psychological, psycho-educational, developmental and neuropsychological assessments. The care team works with medically complex children and adolescents, as well as addresses a wide range of conditions that include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, developmental delays, psychotic disorders and autism, among others.