Abby Klein, IMSLEC Certified Orton-Gillingham Teacher
Director of Tutoring Services
The Wright Psychology and Learning Center was pleased to welcome Mrs. Abby Klein in July 2016 as our Director of Tutoring Services. Abby holds an Associates Degree in Human Services from Cleveland State Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies from IUS, and a Master’s Certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova University. Her Orton-Gillingham training was obtained through the Mayerson Academy in Cincinnati, where she obtained necessary coursework and practicum experience to become a Certified IDA and IMSLEC Accredited Orton-Gillingham Tutor. Abby oversees our tutoring staff, and she also carries a caseload of tutoring students.
Dr. Allie Richards, Ph.D.
The Wright Psychology and Learning Center welcomed Dr. Allie Richards to the practice in 2017. Dr. Richards is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in providing empirically-supported assessment and treatment to children, adolescents, and their families who are struggling with emotional (e.g., anxiety), behavioral (e.g., Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), and learning disorders (e.g., Dyslexia). Dr. Richards values creating a trusted, collaborative relationship that supports children and families in working toward and achieving their goals. She believes in tailoring empirically-supported treatments to fit with each family’s experiences and utilize their unique strengths and values. Dr. Richards is also deeply passionate about providing empirically-based, comprehensive assessments that will facilitate access to the specific resources and interventions that will be of most benefit to children and their families.
Dr. Richards received her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville. During her graduate training, she received specialized instruction in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (including exposure and response prevention) and behavioral therapy (e.g., parent training) with children, adolescents, and families presenting with anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders. She also facilitated groups for children with ADHD, and conducted comprehensive evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults presenting with ADHD, learning disorders, and co-morbid conditions (e.g., depression). Dr. Richards completed her doctoral internship at Allegheny General Hospital, where she worked on both neuropsychological and therapy units and further honed her therapy and assessment skills with diverse individuals across the lifespan and at various levels of care. Following this, Dr. Richards obtained post-doctoral training at The Anxiety and OCD Behavioral Health Center, a private practice that specializes in providing cognitive-behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, and families struggling with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive spectrum (e.g., obsessive-compulsive disorder, trichotillomania), and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Richards has published original research in professional journals and has co-authored a book chapter on the assessment of anxiety in diverse populations. She has presented at national conferences and engaged in numerous outreach activities within her communities to promote awareness of mental health.