Susan M. Knell received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She also holds an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from The Ohio State University, and an A.B., Magna Cum Laude in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College. She was a psychology intern, specializing in clinical child psychology and developmental disabilities, at The Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI), UCLA. She also completed an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship at NPI. She is currently Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychology at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Knell is the author of the book, “Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy” (Jason Aronson, 1993), which is used internationally and has been published in Italian. She was the first to study and write about the application of cognitive-behavioral therapy to young children. In addition to her book, she has published many chapters in edited books on play therapy, including a recent chapter on the treatment of young children with anxiety disorders. She has lectured throughout the country on Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy with preschool and early school-age children.
As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Knell has provided assessment and therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults for over 25 years. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Knell has extensive experience in research and in the training and development of other mental health professionals. She works with a range of individuals, from children to adults, and with a wide array of presenting concerns. Her areas of specialization include: mental health issues with infants, toddlers and young children; play therapy; anxiety and depression in children, adolescents, and adults; enhancement of parenting skills; stress and coping in children; fears and phobias; obsessive compulsive disorder; women’s issues; and developmental disabilities.