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MDI Behavioral Health Center Hires Child Psychologist

May 19, 2006

Psychologist Deborah W. Loftus, Ph.D., who specializes in child, adolescent and family psychology, will join MDI Behavioral Health Center on May 30th.

“I’m very pleased that, with Dr. Loftus joining us, MDI Behavioral Health Center will be able to provide child and adolescent psychological testing services,” said psychiatrist Diehl Snyder, M.D. “Dr Loftus has over thirty years of experience working with children of all ages and will help all of us who work with young people to focus our therapeutic interventions to address their unique needs,” added Dr. Snyder.

Dr. Loftus will also be providing diagnostic services for local schools and communities in downeast Maine and the outer islands of the MDI region.

From 1978 to 2005, Dr. Loftus was in private practice in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas. Between 1984 and 1986, she served on the faculty of the University of Houston.

Between 1975 and 1977, Dr. Loftus served as an instructor at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences in Philadelphia, and was employed as a child, adolescent and family psychologist by Philadelphia-based Interac Mental Health Center.

Dr. Loftus received her B.A. in psychology from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1969, graduating Magna Cum Laude and with Distinction. In 1971, she received her M.A. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Loftus earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Child Psychopathology from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1983.

Dr. Loftus has been licensed by the Maine State Board of Examiners of Psychologists since 2003. In 1989, she received her National School Psychologist license from the National Association of School Psychologists, and in 1985 Dr. Loftus was licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Dr. Loftus is a member of the Maine and American Psychological Associations, and the National Association of School Psychologists.

“I’m excited to be offering support to the children and families of downeast Maine,” said Dr. Loftus.  “Parents need to know that mental health issues in children that are addressed in time are much less likely to grow into larger issues later on. The earlier issues are identified and treated, the less chance they will have of impacting social and academic progress,” added Dr. Loftus. 

Although Dr. Loftus will begin practicing from the 322 Main Street, Bar Harbor location of the MDI Behavioral Health Center on May 30th, she is available in the interim for phone consultations.

For more information about Dr. Loftus’s practice, or to arrange for a consultation, call the MDI Behavioral Health Center at 288-8604.

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