Emily Israel Pluhar, Ph.D. is a child and adolescent psychologist that will be working at our practice one day a week with children and families. Dr. Pluhar was the Associate Director of Patient Care in the NB Center where she developed new and innovative programs to support a holistic approach to pediatric obesity and pediatric diabetes treatment. Before joining the NB center she helped develop the Behavioral Consultation Team, a comprehensive outpatient multidisciplinary mental health service for medically ill patients with concurrent psychopathology. Dr. Pluhar wrote her dissertation at the Yale Child Study Center on outcomes in children who witnessed violence perpetrated by their father figures. Her research and clinic interests include working with underserved children and families, chronically medically ill children with concurrent psychopathology, psychiatrically ill patients and creating innovative clinical interventions in the pediatric field.
Dr. Pluhar specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat child and adolescents aged 8-25. She also works with parents and families. Both therapies are skill based therapies that teach coping strategies in order to manage symptoms such as problematic thinking, harmful behaviors, and very strong, often disruptive, emotions.
Dr Pluhar was part of a national focus group with NAHCRI to evaluate effective outcomes in pediatric obesity prevention programs as well as encouraging public policies to support children's global health. Dr Pluhar received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Albert Einstein College Of Medicine at Yeshiva University.
Common Psychological Disorders that Dr. Pluhar Treats:
Stress and Adjustment (School, Peer Relationships, and Family Issues)
Coping with Chronic Medical Illness (i.e. Diabetes, Obesity, Lupus)