Laura Rowley, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Laura Rowley, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist at UCEBT. She completed her doctoral training at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, specializing in assessment and intervention for children and families with exposure to trauma at community mental health and pediatric settings. Laura completed her APA-accredited internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Primary Children’s Hospital, where she worked with children ages 3-18 in the outpatient and day treatment programs. She has specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), providing individual, family, and group intervention for adolescents and adults with suicidality and high-risk behaviors. She has training and experience in several evidence-based modalities, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Parent Training. Laura also has conducted comprehensive psychological evaluations for individuals across the lifespan with a wide range of presenting concerns, including ADHD, learning problems, mood and anxiety, and psychosis and severe mental illness. Laura is currently accepting referrals for families and individuals of any age.

Laura’s Research Highlights

Crespo, L.M., Trentacosta, C.J., Udo-Inyang, I., Northerner, L., Chaudhry, K., Williams, A. (2018). Household chaos and behavior problems among young children from low-income families: The buffering role of emotional self-regulation. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Crespo, L.M., Trentacosta, C.J., Aikins, D. Wargo Aikins, J. (2017). Maternal emotion regulation and children’s behavior problems: The mediating role of children’s emotion regulation. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 26(10), 2797-2809. doi 10.1007/s10826-017-0791-8

Trentacosta, C. J., Irwin, J. L., Crespo, L. M., & Beeghly, M. (2018). Financial hardship and parenting stress in families with young children with autism: Opportunities for preventive intervention. In M. Siller & L. Morgan (Eds.) Handbook of Parent-Implemented Interventions for Very Young Children with Autism (pp. 79-91). New York: Springer.

Laura’s Recommended Readings

The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
Recommended for individuals who want to understand the impacts of trauma on overall health and wellbeing and to learn about holistic approaches in healing.

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change by Valerie Porr
Recommended for individuals with BPD and their loved ones to help understand the nature of BPD and to learn evidence-based skills supporting emotion coping and healthy relationships.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber
Recommended for parents who are looking for support in helping children (and teens) cope with negative emotions, being consistent with setting limits, and improving family communication.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
Recommended for individuals who struggle with experiencing and expressing emotions and who strive to improve setting boundaries in relationships.