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About Us

The Annapolis Child and Family Therapy Center is proud of its renowned practitioners in the field of Psychology and Psychiatry.

Dr. John Persampiere

Founder and Lead Psychologist

Dr. Persampiere is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Maryland who specializes in working with children, teens, and adults with different mental health and behavioral concerns. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


He also completed a doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Child and Family Therapy Clinic and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After completing fellowship, Dr. Persampiere was hired by the Kennedy Krieger Institute and served many leadership roles in the Department of Behavioral Psychology before starting his own mental health center in Annapolis.


Dr. Persampiere was previously a full-time faculty member at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Previous leadership positions included Associate Director of a large multi-site Child and Family Therapy Clinic, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Director, Doctoral Internship Program Director, and department training committee member.


Dr. Persampiere is a frequently requested speaker by schools, hospitals, primary care doctors, and outpatient mental health providers. He talks to parents, teachers, and healthcare providers on a wide range of mental health concerns facing individuals, children, couples, and families. Dr. Persampiere is passionate about direct client care and aims to help families increase their strength, resilience, and skills in dealing with a range of challenges. It is his mission to ensure parents are aware of the best mental health treatment options for their children and families. Dr. Persampiere also serve as a part-time assistant professor for UMBC's Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, teaching the next generation of future Clinical Psychologists on evidence-based treatments.


Outside of psychology, Dr. Persampiere enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, and adorable rescue Labrador Retriever in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He is also an avid bass guitar player who enjoys reading and going to museums with his family.

Dr. Lauren Cashion

Lead Psychiatrist

Lauren Dunleavy Cashion, M.D. is a board certified general and child and adolescent psychiatrist who sees children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Cashion completed her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, Columbia University, graduating with honors. She went on to complete her medical education at University of Maryland. She completed her general adult psychiatric residency at University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt where she served as chief resident during her fourth year. Dr. Cashion completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University of Maryland and again served as chief during her final year.


After completion of fellowship, Dr. Cashion held a faculty position as an associate professor at University of Maryland. There she served as the attending psychiatrist for the children’s inpatient unit and also provided care in the child community clinic. In addition to providing direct care, Dr. Cashion has provided consultation to providers across the State monitoring the use of antipsychotic medications in children.


She utilizes a trauma-informed model, having completed training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. She also has experience in the provision of school-based services, having provided on-site and telepsychiatry services to Baltimore City schools with University of Maryland’s nationally recognized School Mental Health Program. She has also provided direct and consultative services to youth in Anne Arundel County schools.


Dr. Cashion has worked with community mental health clinics, providing direct services and consulting on administrative and clinical policies. She also served on the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Task Force where she led a subcommittee. She volunteers with Burgers and Bands, a non-profit for suicide prevention. Dr. Cashion has been in private practice for a number of years. She considers the multiple facets of each individual and her management approach is collaborative and incorporates pharmacology, therapy, and lifestyle management.


Dr. Cashion is a sixth generation Annapolitan. She lives in Annapolis with her husband, two children, and oversized rescue dog. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and being outdoors.

Dr. Amy Altszuler

Psychologist

Amy Altszuler, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related learning and behavioral challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Altszuler received extensive training working with individuals with ADHD at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University (FIU), where she completed her doctoral and post-doctoral training under the mentorship of Dr. William E. Pelham, a nationally recognized ADHD expert. Dr. Altszuler later joined the faculty at FIU, where she served as the Assistant Clinic director and oversaw clinical services for youth with ADHD and behavior concerns, including the nationally acclaimed Summer Treatment Program, an intensive behavioral intervention aimed at improving functioning across home, school, and peer settings.


Dr. Altszuler has extensive experience providing evidence-based treatments for ADHD including behavioral parent training, behavioral classroom management and school consultation, behavioral peer interventions, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and organizational skills training. Dr. Altszuler is also experienced working as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide combined behavioral and pharmacological treatments when indicated.


In addition to her experience with attention and behavior concerns, Dr. Altszuler has broad training working with youth with a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, and stress related to family conflict. Dr. Altszuler developed expertise in cognitive-behavioral and family therapy approaches during her doctoral internship, which she completed at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Child and Family Therapy Clinic and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Dr. Altszuler is also passionate about educating others about ADHD. While at FIU, Dr. Altszuler regularly provided professional development training for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She has also conducted presentations and workshops for parents, teachers, and mental health professionals, and published many research papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on the nature and course of ADHD, as well as evidence-based techniques for assessing and treating the disorder.


A New Jersey native, Dr. Altszuler is delighted to be returning to the Mid-Atlantic region to provide state-of-the-art care at the Annapolis Child and Family Therapy Center. Dr. Altszuler uses the latest scientific knowledge to inform her clinical practice and develop individually tailored treatment plans, with the goal of improving the daily life functioning of her patients and their families.


Outside of work, Dr. Altszuler enjoys Pilates, being on the water, and spending time with her family and rescue kitten, Walter. 

Dr. Renee Davis

Psychologist

Renee Davis, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Maryland. Dr. Davis received her doctorate from Howard University and completed a doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has had the privilege of working at many nationally recognized children's hospitals and treatment centers. Dr. Davis is passionate about working with clients with a range of mental health and behavior concerns. With exceptional experience and knowledge of numerous evidence-based clinical treatments, Dr. Davis aspires to bring hope to each family she meets. Raised on the east coast, Dr. Davis is proud to call Maryland her home. She enjoys exploring new cuisines, staying active in the gym, and spending time with family.

Dr. Marie Deyro

Psychologist

Ma​rie Deyro, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of pediatric, child, and adolescent populations and family psychology. Dr. Deyro adopts an integrative psychotherapy style in order to meet the specific treatment needs of individuals and families while enhancing their quality of life. Specifically, she utilizes behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and humanistic approaches to treat symptoms related to disruptive behaviors, intellectual and developmental disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), difficulties with attachment/bonding, anxiety, depression, mood disturbances, autism spectrum disorders, and family conflicts. In addition, Dr. Deyro conducts developmental and psychological evaluations with a specialty in assessing autism spectrum disorders and/or related developmental disabilities.


Dr. Deyro holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Immaculata University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree with a dual major in Psychology and Spanish from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Deyro has obtained her professional and clinical training in diverse settings including inpatient and outpatient hospitals, community clinics, treatment foster care, residential treatment facilities, approved private schools (APS), and mobile and in-home treatment. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and a Pre-Doctoral Internship at Elwyn, Incorporated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Deyro resides in Annapolis and enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Amanda Jornd

Psychologist

Amanda Jornd, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Maryland who works with children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Jornd received her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psycholo​gy and completed her training within multiple settings specializing in child and adolescent psychological services, including hospitals, community mental health centers, schools and private practices. (Dr. Jornd completed her internship with Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton Ohio, and she completed a fellowship at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore Maryland.)


During her time in training, Dr. Jornd focused on specializing her skills to treat a range of mental health concerns including management of symptoms related to anger concerns, anxiety, depression, ADHD, gender dysphoria and trauma. Dr. Jornd is trained in gender-affirming care, is on her way to be certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and utilizes multiple evidence- based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectal behavioral therapy (DBT) and parent skills training methods such as parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and Positive Parenting

Program (Triple-P).


Additionally, Dr. Jornd proudly strives to create a warm affirming therapeutic experience for sexual orientation and gender identity minorities (commonly known as the LGBTQ+ community.) Therapeutically, it is her belief and goal to create an environment centered around trust, support, empathy and openness to help clients and families overcome difficulties and be the best versions of themselves. Dr. Jornd believes that utilization of multiple skills is ideal for working with clients as she believes there is not a “one size fits all” approach.


Outside of her work, Dr. Jornd is a self-proclaimed cat lady and a passionate Law and Order: SVU fan. She further enjoys spending time with her wife and fur babies, Nala the cat and Pancake the rabbit, playing Animal Crossing and attempting to succeed at various PC games.

Dr. Eryn Kruger

Psychologist

Eryn Kruger, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Maryland who works with children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Kruger received her doctorate from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Throughout her training, Dr. Kruger gained experience working at many nationally recognized children’s hospitals, community clinics, and outpatient centers. Dr.Kruger is passionate about working with clients and their families on a range of mental health concerns, providing care on behavioral management to serious mental illness. With extensive training in evidence-based treatments, Dr. Kruger looks to individualize her treatment plans to maximize coping and resiliency for each family. Dr. Kruger also has extensive experience providing developmental, psychoeducational, and psychological evaluations. From brief evaluations for diagnostic clarity to more comprehensive evaluations, including assessing for academic difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, and more serious psychopathology, Dr. Kruger can conduct a variety of assessments that provide clarity for the presenting concerns. Outside of work, Dr. Kruger enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and goofy English bulldog in Baltimore, Maryland. She also is an avid Baltimore sports lover and enjoys hiking throughout Maryland with her family.

Dr. Sarah Mealy

Psychologist

Sarah Mealy, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Maryland, who specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Mealy earned her doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology in Northern Virginia. Dr. Mealy completed her training at several local, nationally recognized children’s hospitals and outpatient centers, to include Children’s National Hospital, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Dr. Mealy believes in the power of a collaborative treatment process in order to maximize one’s well-being. She emphasizes the importance of a genuine therapeutic relationship, in pair with evidence-based treatments to empower children and families to cope with a range of challenges. Dr. Mealy is passionate about the early identification of autism spectrum disorder and developmental differences. She additionally has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral challenges, learning disabilities, executive dysfunction, and social difficulties. Outside of her role as a psychologist, Dr. Mealy enjoys spending time with her spouse and daughter, as well as exploring local eateries and watching college football.

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