Pediatric psychologist Shannon Manley recently joined the Mount Nittany Physicians Group Pediatrics. Photo credit: Mount Nittany Health
A new pediatric psychologist joins Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics to expand the health system’s mental health services for children and teens.
Shannon Manley practices outside Mount Nittany Health – Bollsburg office.
Psychological services for young people in the area are limited and can be difficult to schedule. Meanwhile, Mount Nittany Health identified the need for behavioral health services as a priority in its 2019 Community Needs Health Assessment, according to a news release.
“Mount Nittany Physician Group is one of the largest pediatric health care providers in Center County, and by partnering with them, we are able to provide treatment to many children and families who would otherwise have difficulty accessing these services. “It’s a great opportunity to offer psychiatric and psychological testing services,” said Manley. in a statement.
Pediatric behavioral health services provided by Mount Nittany Physician Group include treatment, testing and risk assessment. With a variety of treatment protocols available, treatment is offered to established Mount Nittany Physician Group primary care patients up to 18 years of age after diagnosis and treatment planning has been developed through an initial evaluation.
Tests are given for behavioral or emotional problems with no definite cause and can be used to identify problems such as poor attention, impulsive behavior, lack of social skills, difficulty controlling emotions, and learning difficulties. Evaluate. Psychological assessment tools are used to make diagnoses and inform treatment.
“There is still a stigma surrounding mental health services in our society. We are the driving force behind the high level of care and support that we deserve,” said Manley.
Manley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Juniata College and holds a Master’s and Ph.D. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Toledo.
“I am a strong proponent of evidence-based practice,” said Manley. “This approach to behavioral medicine involves using treatments that have been found to be effective through research and tailoring them to the needs and circumstances of each individual child.
“We embrace this by teaming up with children and families and acknowledging that everyone on the team has expertise. They are experts on their own values, strengths, needs and circumstances. Together, we can come up with a treatment plan that works for them.
For more information on the services Manley can offer and how to book, please call 814-466-4600.
Manly is one of eight new primary care providers in Center County. Mount Nittany Health announced in Julyexpanding state university-based health system services in family, sports, internal medicine, and pediatrics.