Ashley Scudder, PH.D.

Dr. Scudder is a licensed psychologist in Iowa and Pennsylvania. She provides specialty clinical services at Central Iowa Psychological Services for young children (0- 10 years) and families experiencing behavioral challenges including noncompliance, defiance, aggression, trauma, separation anxiety, selective mutism, ADHD, toileting and sleep difficulties and parenting stress.

Her primary clinical and research interests focus on the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based behavioral health practices. She has published articles and chapters in the areas of implementation science, trauma-informed care, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children (2.5 to 7 years) with disruptive behavior, such as noncompliance, aggression, tantrums and oppositional behavior. In PCIT, parents are taught specialized skills to help better manage challenging behavior while also improving the parent-child relationship. PCIT has been shown to increase children’s prosocial behavior and reduce parental stress.