Dr. Leandra Desjardins received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on stress, coping, social adjustment, and cognitive functioning, particularly in children and adolescents. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Hospital for Sick Children, with interventions often focused on anxiety and depression, sleep difficulties, pain, nausea, social isolation, and behavior management. She has also completed training in interventions for adolescents and adults with eating disorders, as well as children and families presenting with a range of internalizing and externalizing disorders.
Dr. Leandra has experience conducting cognitive behavioural therapy with children, adolescents and young adults, with a focus on mood and anxiety disorders, as well as working with individuals with developmental disorders, and children with behavioral management difficulties. She has experience delivering CBT based interventions for depression, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety, as well as adjustment disorder. Leandra has participated in various CBT related trainings, including training at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has also received training in other approaches such as mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing.