BA, University of Kentucky // M.Ed, in School Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis, University of Cincinnati
Christa Newman is a clinical extern at the Child Anxiety Center where she provides supervised, evidence based cognitive behavioral treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults. She is currently a doctoral student in School Psychology at the University of Cincinnati where she received her Masters of Education in Foundations of Behavior Analysis in 2019. Previously, Christa graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.
She has worked as a school psychology intern within the Cincinnati Public Schools conducting comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations and providing evidence-based treatments to students experiencing a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges at the elementary and secondary levels. She also has experience in a preschool setting at the Arlitt Child Development Center on UC’s campus. Within the school setting, Christa has worked on many problem solving teams with school staff and families to support the implementation of academic and behavioral recommendations.
Christa belongs to the National Association of School Psychologists, the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science and the American Psychological Association (Division16). Christa’s research interests include implementing culturally responsive behavioral mental health interventions in schools and adapting evidence based interventions to be more culturally responsive. Currently, she is engaged in projects focused on social justice research within the field of school psychology as well as augmentation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with “check in check out” within the school setting.
She has presented at state and national conferences on topics including the impact of school start times on child sleep and standardized test scores, predictors of depressive symptoms in children being raised by grandparents in rural Appalachia, prescription stimulant misuse among college students, the current state of social justice research in school psychology, supporting students in overcoming test anxiety, and the effectiveness of peer mediated interventions.
"In my personal life I have seen first-hand the struggles that come with anxiety and depression as well as the profound impact of evidence based treatments. People should not be defined solely by their diagnosis. I have a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of the clients with whom I work, while also ensuring they feel accepted and seen for who they are. I am driven to find new ways to challenge clients so they can face their anxiety head on and achieve their goals. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, writing, and experimenting in the kitchen. I am so excited to be a part of the team at the Child Anxiety Center and hope to have the opportunity to join you on the journey of achieving your mental health goals!"