About Dr. Baumgardner

Dr. Baumgardner

I'm a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Licensed Clinical and Health Psychologist specializing in working with children, individuals and families. I'm a Registrant with the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. I have a personalized, private practice in Goodyear, Arizona while also consulting with Academic, Healthcare and Early Childhood organizations around the country. In addition to my work in Clinical and Health Psychology, I'm a Maternal-Child Clinician and an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I've devoted my professional time and talents for more than three decades to promoting the health and well-being of children and their families. I completed post-doctoral work at the University of Maryland, my doctorate in Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and my nursing education at the University of South Florida and University of South Alabama. I'm able to provide both Psychological and Psychiatric services for my patients. I'm consistently working to provide better and more seamless care for my patients. I'm a lifelong learner. Some of my experience include:

  • Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (Psychiatry; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychology, Ret.)
  • Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (Family and Community Health, Ret.)
  • Director of Psychological Services, Arizona TherapyWorks
  • Director of the Psychological Assessment and Consultation Clinic
  • Consultant to Infants and Toddlers' Programs, Early Childhood Education, Private and Public Education organizations
  • Nationally known presenter on Healthcare and Early Childhood Mental Health concerns
  • Registered Nurse Clinician; IBCLC
  • Registrant, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology; Member
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Prior to moving into private practice,  I was fortunate to work with and learn from professionals from a variety of disciplines. I've worked in multiple settings including hospitals, clinics, hospice agencies, and inpatient forensic settings. I've often utilized a community based approach, including home visitation and embedding consultation within local (neighborhood) schools. I've also worked with the adult rehabilitation population (i.e. individuals suffering from serious and chronic mental illness, brain injury, stroke, neurological illness, convulsive disorders, and cognitive deficits. Through various Early Intervention Programs, I've worked with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and Developmental Delays.  Learning to help parents become advocates for their children has been an important part of the work. Learning to work within the System of Care and to influence policy toward helping patients has also been central to my work.

My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help you effectively address your life challenges. I also carefully attend to matters of personal spirituality. With compassion and with understanding, I work with each individual to help build on their strengths and attain the personal growth and health.

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