Donna Smith-Hogan, PhD, NCSP
Licensed Psychologist
Nationally Certified School Psychologist

About Me

 


I was born and raised in upstate New York, and I attended undergraduate and graduate school at the University at Buffalo (UB). After earning my Ph.D. from the APA-approved Counseling Psychology and School Psychology combined program, I relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina. I love it here and have no intentions of returning to the cold!  In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the beautiful Charlotte-Mecklenburg parks with my family and our dog, Oscar. On those rare less-than-perfect days, I like to cuddle up with a book and my cats, Oliver and Otto. I am also a huge college basketball fan and can be found cheering for my hometown team, the Syracuse Orange.

 

I have worked in a number of different settings, including community agencies, public and private schools, a children’s psychiatric hospital, and an integrated medical and mental health primary care practice. I have also been an adjunct instructor at UB and at Pfeiffer University-Charlotte. In addition to being a Licensed Psychologist in the state of North Carolina, I am also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Thus, I have clinical expertise in treating a variety of mental health issues, as well as a solid understanding of school organization, instruction, classroom management, and special education. As such, I am able to help you and your child in a number of different ways. This includes individual and/or family therapy to address specific concerns, psychoeducational evaluation to provide you with a better understanding of your child’s learning strengths and weaknesses, and consultation with you or school professionals. I have extensive experience working with mood and anxiety disorders, disruptive behaviors (e.g., ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder), learning difficulties, and autistic spectrum disorders. Additional areas of interest include peer relationships and bullying, parent-child interactions, self-esteem, body image issues, self-injurious behaviors, school or job stress, relationship difficulties, and anger management.

 

A good working relationship between client and therapist is one of the most important factors in the therapeutic process. My style is warm and friendly, with few formalities. For example, I like for my clients to call me by my first name; although, some parents prefer that their children call me Ms. Donna or Dr. Donna. I value open, authentic relationships with my clients and provide an encouraging, yet challenging, therapeutic environment. Above all, I work from a strengths-based perspective. I firmly believe that every individual has a number of positive traits and attributes which we can build upon in therapy.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Smith-Hogan, PhD, NCSP
Licensed Psychologist
Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Phone: 704.962.2497
Email: [email protected]