Diana joined the Early Intervention team at BRAINS in 2015 and provides behavioral treatment services to children ages 6 and under and their families. Diana has previous experience working in a residential treatment facility for children, as well as in a community mental health setting. Diana’s undergraduate and graduate academic background is in clinical social work with emphasis in mental health and child welfare, and she is currently working toward her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development with emphasis in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders. Diana works with children with trauma and attachment disorders, children who present with symptoms of anxiety, anger, or depression, children with autism spectrum disorder, and children who struggle with emotional or behavioral regulation. Diana utilizes a variety of techniques including play therapy, behavior management, and talk therapy, and believes that each child and situation is unique, and as such, requires a unique approach.
In her spare time, Diana volunteers with an organization that fights human trafficking both in the U.S. and abroad, and is passionate about raising awareness on this topic. Diana enjoys traveling to other countries, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures, and appreciates opportunities to learn about the interests and experiences of her clients
BSW - Grand Valley State University MSW - Grand Valley State University PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development - Fielding Graduate University (in progress)
Social Skills Development
Pediatric Anxiety Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)