Dr. April Brown, PhD, MPH is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in treating disorders in early childhood and strengthening the parent-child relationship amid challenging dynamics, such as emotion dysregulation, problem behaviors, and developmental disabilities. She also specializes in intergenerational trauma and childhood adversity and assists individuals in understanding how their childhood experiences affect their caregiving relationships, parenting philosophy, and influence parental anxiety. Dr. Brown utilizes evidence-based techniques grounded in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children (DBT-C), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to meet client needs.
Dr. Brown is passionate about using the parent-child relationship as a point of intervention while treating a range of disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder, selective mutism, and generalized anxiety. She collaborates with clients to engage in mindful parenting and to increase their confidence in their ability to implement the treatment strategies and behaviors necessary to produce desired results.
In 2016, Dr. Brown earned a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University with a focus on Behavioral Science, where she studied the association between parental discipline tactics and child outcomes over time. Dr. Brown began her doctoral training at Emory University in 2016, completing her M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2018 and her Ph.D. in the summer of 2022. During her time at Emory, she engaged in research exploring the impact of childhood adversity on adolescents’ physiological stress response and their responsiveness to Multisystemic Therapy (MST). She also studied the intergenerational impact of maternal childhood adversity on parenting and child emotional reactivity and self-regulation during toddlerhood.
During her clinical training, she completed extensive training in psycho-educational and diagnostic assessment and engaged in individual, group-based, and parent-based therapy with diverse clients ranging from childhood to early adulthood. Dr. Brown completed her predoctoral internship at the Emory University School of Medicine’s Child and Adolescent Mood Program, where she utilized DBT-C, CBT, ACT, and parent management training for the treatment of anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders. She recently completed her postdoctoral residency in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Emory, where she specialized in assessing and treating mood, anxiety, behavioral, and developmental disorders among children ages 0-5 with complex trauma and/or perinatal alcohol & substance exposure.
Dr. Brown is originally from Mississippi but warmly calls Atlanta home since enrolling at Spelman College in 2009. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring holistic health, hiking nature trails, and spending time with friends and family.