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Brian Belva, PhD.

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DoctorDr. Belva joined the practice in 2015, following the completion of his postdoctoral fellowship at the Marcus Autism Center, under the supervision of Dr. Nadine Kaslow through the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Belva has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with a variety of clinical presentations particularly in the area of autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, intellectual disabilities and learning disorders. In addition, he has worked a great deal in the areas of trauma, early onset depression, anxiety and behavioral concerns. He has received advanced training and enjoys working closely with parents to strengthen parent-child interactions and implementing effective behavior management methods.

Dr. Belva obtained his BA in Psychology from Georgetown College in 2007 and his MA in Clinical Psychology from Murray State University in 2009. He graduated with his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2014. During his graduate training, Dr. Belva gained valuable experience working at an inpatient developmental disability center and outpatient clinic both specializing in the treatment of youth with depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, giftedness, and behavioral concerns. He also worked at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to conduct autism evaluations and worked in group homes for teenagers with intellectual disabilities.

In 2014, Dr. Belva completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He conducted interdisciplinary assessments at the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities and completed neurobehavioral screenings for teenagers with Sickle Cell Disease at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition, he assessed children with trauma histories and other mental health concerns at the Center for Excellence for Children in State Custody and conducted forensic assessments on teenagers detained at the Memphis/Shelby County Juvenile Court. Dr. Belva gained experience in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), worked in an outpatient therapy setting through the UT Health Science Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, and conducted Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA therapy) with children on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Belva completed his fellowship at the Marcus Autism Center through the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia in 2015. In Atlanta, Dr. Belva conducted neurodevelopmental assessments for children suspected of autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, and intellectual disabilities. He also worked with children on the autism spectrum to increase language skills and decrease problematic behaviors. Dr. Belva consulted with pediatrician residents at a primary care clinic through Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital to address psychological and behavioral concerns for children and their families.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Belva has been the author of three book chapters in books addressing the assessment of autism spectrum disorders and behavioral problems. He is an author or co-author of 22 journal articles published in six different journals on topics ranging from autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, toileting, adaptive behavior, pica, and challenging behaviors. He has also served as a guest reviewer on 14 different journals.




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