Mount Nittany Health adds pediatric psychologist to expand youth and adolescent mental health services


Child psychologist Shannon Manley recently joined Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics. Photo courtesy of Mount Nittany Health

A new pediatric psychologist has joined Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics, expanding the health system’s mental health services for children and adolescents.

Shannon Manley will train outside the Mount Nittany Health – Boalsburg Desk.

Psychological services for young people in the region are limited and can be difficult to plan. Mount Nittany Health, meanwhile, identified the need for behavioral health services as a priority in its 2019 community health needs assessment, according to a news release.

“Mount Nittany Physician Group is one of the largest pediatric health care providers in Center County and my partnership with them gives me a great opportunity to provide therapy and psychological testing services to many children and families who may have otherwise have difficulty obtaining these services,” Manley said. in a report.

Pediatric behavioral health services offered by the Mount Nittany Physician Group include therapy, testing, and crisis assessment. The therapy, with a variety of treatment protocols that can be used, is offered to established Mount Nittany Physician Group primary care patients up to age 18 after a diagnosis and treatment plan has been developed. treatment through an initial assessment.

Tests are done for behavioral or emotional problems that don’t have a clear cause, assessing issues such as attention difficulties, impulsive behaviors, deficits in social skills, difficulty regulating emotions, and difficulty in communicating. ‘learning. Psychological assessment tools are used to develop a diagnosis and inform treatment.

“There is still a stigma in our society around mental health services, and the courage, drive and strength that my patients and their families have shown in overcoming this keeps me coming to work every day and to provide them with the quality care and support they deserve,” said Manley.

Manley holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Juniata College and a master’s and doctoral degree. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Toledo.

“I’m a strong advocate for evidence-based practice,” Manley said. “This approach to behavioral health care involves using treatments that have been shown to be effective through research and tailoring them to each child’s needs and context.

“I incorporate this by teaming up with children and families and recognizing that all team members have expertise that they bring to the table. I know science-based techniques and skills, and Children and parents are experts on themselves: their values, strengths, needs and circumstances.Together, we can develop a treatment plan that works for them.

To learn more about the services Manley can provide and how to schedule an appointment, call 814-466-4600.

Manley was one of eight new primary care providers in Center County announced by Mount Nittany Health in Julyexpanding State College Health Systems services in family, sports, and internal medicine and pediatrics.


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