Dr. Dyanna Martinez Villesca Licensed Psychologist, School Psychologist (LSSP) Owner
I am a Licensed Psychologist (and also a child psychologist) currently practicing in Katy, Texas. I earned my doctorate from the University of Houston, an evidenced-based program approved by the American Psychological Association. I have been practicing for over 15 years combined in both school districts and in private practice. I specialize in conducting psychological evaluations and psychoeducational evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. I assess many areas including AD/HD, autism (ADOS-2 trained), oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders (including bipolar), depression, and anxiety. I conduct psychological evaluations for clients from toddlers (18 months for developmental delays) to adults. I also provide therapy for these conditions, with expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). I have advanced training in testing for learning disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia (reading, writing, and math disorders). My specialization also includes expertise in neuropsychological assessment which explores issues related to memory, attention, visual-spatial processing, language, and executive functioning. I am also bilingual (English/Spanish).
A note about the LSSP I am licensed as a school psychologist (called the LSSP in Texas). The Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) requires specialized training to work within the school system. I am well-versed on school laws/regulations that are required by the Texas Education Agency (evaluations from outside professionals are not considered if they do not meet these standards). I also conduct Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE's) for parents who want a second opinion from a school district evaluation.
Degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in 2009 from the University of Houston-APA Accredited (School Psychology) Master's Degree (M.A.) in 2003 from Texas State University-NASP Accredited (School Psychology) Bachelor's of Science (B.S) in 1999 from the University of Arizona (Psychology)
Professional Titles: Licensed Psychologist (LP) School Psychologist (LSSP) Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology (ABSNP)
I am a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Texas specializing in scientifically tested treatments for children and adolescents with behavior problems, tantrums, school issues, anxiety, depression, and autism. I am a native Houstonian and live in Richmond with my husband and children. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Houston, where I was a recipient of the National Research Service Award. My predoctoral internship was completed at Baylor College of Medicine with a primary rotation at DePelchin Children’s Center. My fellowship training was at UTHealth in the Department of Pediatrics, where I developed clinical programming for an intensive outpatient program specializing in integrated care for children and adolescents with chronic health conditions. It is my passion to help youth build resilience and develop life-long skills to manage difficult emotions and behaviors. My approach to therapy is from a developmental and cognitive-behavioral framework. I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), behavioral therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in my interventions. I have expertise in working with children diagnosed with autism and use research-backed treatments which focus on social skills training, social thinking, applied behavioral analysis, functional behavior assessments, and discrete trial training. I have delivered treatments across a wide range of settings including hospitals, schools, primary care, and community mental health centers. As demonstrated by empirical research, parental involvement is often the key to successful outcomes for youth. Therefore, I make it a priority to include parent training components and to actively collaborate with parents in their child’s treatment. I provide Autism evaluations using gold-standard assessments (ADOS-2), as well as comprehensive psychological, and psycho-education evaluations for children and adolescents.
Degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in 2016 from the University of Houston (APA-Accredited, Clinical Psychology, Child and Family Track) Master’s Degree (M.A.) in 2012 from the University of Houston (APA-Accredited, Clinical Psychology, Child and Family Track) Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in 2002 from the University of Houston (Psychology) Professional Title: Licensed Psychologist (LP)
I am a licensed psychologist (LP) and received my doctorate degree in School Psychology from the University of Houston (UH). I have worked within various settings including public schools, community mental health, inpatient psychiatric, juvenile justice facilities, and in private practice. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department where I conducted full psychological and forensic evaluations, provided individual and group therapy services to adolescents, and completed a rotation within the Mental Health Specialty Court. My post-doctoral training was completed with TRIAD Prevention Services where I conducted full psychological evaluations with youth and provided therapeutic and crisis intervention services to an underserved population. I specialize in providing comprehensive and individualized assessments for children, adolescents, and adults across a wide range of assessment areas including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), AD/HD, learning disorders, mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, and behavioral disorders. I am certified to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), which is one of the gold-standard assessments for ASD. I also provide individual therapy services for children, adolescents, young adults across a variety of presenting concerns. I utilize a range of therapeutic techniques (e.g., Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy [CBT], Dialectical Behavior Therapy [DBT], Parent Management Training [PMT]) and am committed to providing high quality and evidence-based treatment services.
Degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in 2017 from the University of Houston-APA Accredited (School Psychology)
Master's of Education (M.Ed.) in 2016 from the University of Houston (Counseling)
Bachelor's in Science (B.S.) in 2008 from the University of Houston (Psychology)