Dr. Jaime Marrus is a NYS licensed psychologist who earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in childhood/adolescence, from St. John’s University. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with minors in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies, American Sign Language, and Business. She also currently serves as a psychologist in the Therapeutic Nursery at the Child Development Center (at The Jewish Board for Family and Children’s Services). There, she provides play therapy and assessments for preschool-aged children presenting with developmental delays, communication problems, social/emotional/behavioral difficulties, or attention and learning deficits, as well as consultation for multidisciplinary teams, and supervision and didactic training for psychology graduate students.
Dr. Marrus’s clinical interests primarily include the diagnostic assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders of relating and communicating, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Her passion for this work developed from a variety of clinical experiences, most notably, at the Rebecca School, a DIR/Floortime school for children with ASD and related disorders ranging from 4 to 21 years of age, where she was first introduced to the DIR/Floortime model. She also was a clinician on inpatient and outpatient units at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) and in the Psychology Department of the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Marrus completed a post-doctoral fellowship with a specialization in clinical child psychology and developmental disabilities at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD). At WIHD, she conducted psychological evaluations for young children in or applying to Early Intervention and the Committee on Preschool Education in order to clarify diagnoses, evaluate strengths and areas of need, and provide recommendations, as well as participated in research projects related to the early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. She also provided consultation and therapeutic services during a rotation at the United Cerebral Palsy therapeutic preschool in White Plains, NY, as well as served as a clinician in The Family Program, which provides comprehensive mental health services to children and families involved in the child welfare system. Lastly, she completed the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellowship program, which is an interdisciplinary leadership training program, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the federal government. The program focuses on the core values of cultural competence, family-centered practice, life course perspective, interdisciplinary approach, and evidence-based practice, and enhanced Dr. Marrus’s already strong commitment to working with children and families from a systemic, multidisciplinary, strengths-based approach to provide the best and most comprehensive support for clients and their families.
Dr. Marrus is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), and of APA’s Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology).