Annapolis Child and Family Therapy Center
Therapy, Assessment, and Psychiatric Services
Renowned Practitioners in the Field of Psychology and Psychiatry
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Dr. John Persampiere
Dr. Persampiere is the founder and lead Psychologist of the practice. He 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. Dr. Persampiere 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
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. Renee Davis
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. Eryn Kruger
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. 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.