Dr. Merson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist at the Boston Child Study Center where she provides comprehensive neuropsychological assessment and serves as an expert consultant to the Selective Mutism Treatment & Training Program. In addition to her work at the Boston Child Study Center, Dr. Merson is a staff psychologist and clinical supervisor in the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). She has extensive experience in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression as well as specialized training in conducting behavioral interventions for selective mutism, tic disorders and therapy with youth who have experienced trauma. She is the developer of an innovative program to provide therapeutic support to the parents of anxious youth.
Dr. Merson completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia where she majored in Psychology and graduated with High Distinction. She went on to earn her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. Dr. Merson completed her post-doctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology at the Integrated Center for Child Development (ICCD) where she conducted neuropsychological and developmental assessments of children, adolescents, and young adults between the ages of three and twenty. She is experienced in evaluating individuals with a range of presenting problems including learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attention and executive functioning vulnerabilities, genetic conditions, and other psychiatric challenges. Based upon evaluation results, she is able to provide families with comprehensive recommendations regarding both educational and social-emotional interventions.
Prior to her work at ICCD, Dr. Merson completed a one-year, APA-approved internship at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston, Massachusetts. At Franciscan Hospital, she provided school-based mental health services, outpatient individual, group, and family therapy, and psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. Dr. Merson’s previous training experiences also include providing school consultation and running evidence-based therapy groups through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.