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River City Psych

Serving Growing Minds and Families
 

Meet Dr. Sweeney

Elisabeth Sweeney is a licensed psychologist providing assessment and therapy services for children and adolescents. She specializes in diagnostic psychological, developmental, and psychoeducational evaluations for individuals ages 2-22. Dr. Sweeney also enjoys treating children in middle childhood and adolescence through cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy. 

Dr. Sweeney recently relocated to the Richmond area after several years of private practice in Nashville, TN. 

Dr. Sweeney holds a degree in Child Development and Cognitive Science from Vanderbilt University. She earned her doctorate in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Sweeney completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral training with the psychology division of the Exceptional Education department of Metro Nashville Public Schools.  

While training in Georgia, Dr. Sweeney worked in a variety of settings, ranging from a university clinic, private practice, and a rural public school system. Dr. Sweeney has evaluated children and adolescents for a wide variety of concerns from emotional/behavioral disorders, to intellectual disabilities, to dyslexia. She has specialized training in diagnosing autism spectrum disorder. During her time at the University of Georgia, Dr. Sweeney’s research focused on social development. She aided in developing the college’s first intervention for students/young adults with autism spectrum disorder. This experience sparked a personal interest in connecting her clients with the most effective evidence-based interventions during the diagnostic process.

During her time with the Metro Nashville Public School System, Dr. Sweeney worked in a variety of settings, serving children ages 2 to 17. In addition to serving preschool, elementary and middle schools, Dr. Sweeney worked in early childhood, serving as part of a multi-disciplinary assessment team evaluating children for a wide variety of concerns, ranging from rare genetic disorders to intellectual giftedness.

Dr. Sweeney feels passionately about the importance of tailoring the assessment and therapy process to each individual client. She hopes to be a resource to families in navigating their life's challenges in order to foster successful academic and social development for years to come.

Dr. Sweeney grew up in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, GA. She currently lives in Tuckahoe with her husband, daughter, and two Australian Shepherds (Cash and Otis).

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SERVICES

Services

Comprehensive Developmental Evaluations

Appropriate for children as young as 2 when there are concerns regarding developmental milestones, social development, sensory processing, language skills, and cognitive development. Testing includes comprehensive developmental interview, behavioral observations, social and play skills, language skills, adaptive behavior, and cognition. Typical tests include the ADOS-2, WPPSI-IV, Vineland-3, etc. The process includes an initial parent interview, a testing appointment, and a feedback appointment to discuss results. A written report discussing results is included.

Psychoeducational Evaluations

For elementary, middle, high school, and college students

Psychoeducational evaluations include psychological and educational testing to assess cognitive and academic skills. The process is useful in determining the presence of learning disorders (i.e., dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) and ADHD, in addition to patterns of strengths and weaknesses in memory, attention, executive functioning, and academic skills. The results are valuable for creating personalized educational plans (i.e., IEP's and 504 plans) and for student success.

The process includes a clinical interview with parents, clinical interviewing with the child, cognitive testing (i.e., WISC-V), academic testing (i.e., KTEA-3), assessments of attention/executive functioning, memory, and social/emotional functioning, as well as a feedback session.

Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) for public school systems available.

*If autism testing is needed in tandem with a psychoeducational evaluation, additional fees apply.

Psychological Evaluations

For elementary, middle, high school, and college students

A complete battery of psychological testing to address referral concerns such as ADHD and anxiety when educational testing is not warranted. The results are valuable for informing therapy, medical treatment, parenting, etc.

The process includes a clinical interview with parents, clinical interviewing with the child, a testing appointment, and a feedback session.

Psychological Testing

A-la-carte testing services for admissions, diagnostic clarification, and legal purposes, etc.

  • Private school application testing (i.e., WPPSI-IV and WISC-V)

  • ADOS-2 test administration

  • IQ testing for gifted programming

Contact for fee information and to see if we can meet your needs

Not sure which, if any services you need? Book an initial consultation appointment

This initial, virtual consultation is a good place to begin. We will assess your concerns and your child's case to determine what services are warranted and provide recommendations about next steps. Email drsweeney@rivercitypsych.org to set up a consultation ($95 for a 30 minute session or $175 for an hour).

 

Meet Sloan Smith

Sloan is a practicing school psychologist providing assessment services for children and adolescents. She specializes in psychological, developmental, and psychoeducational evaluations for individuals ages 2-22. 

Sloan holds a degree in Psychology from Elon University. She earned her Masters in Psychometrics and Educational Specialist degree (EdS) in School Psychology from the University of Alabama. Sloan began her career with Henrico County Public Schools and has spent over 15 years serving students from preschool through high school. She has also spent time in a rural public school setting as well as a private practice.  

 

Sloan has evaluated children and adolescents for a wide variety of concerns from emotional/behavioral disorders to intellectual disabilities, as well as dyslexia. She also has specialized training in assessing autism spectrum disorder. During her time with the Henrico Public School System, Sloan worked in a variety of settings, serving children ages 2 to 22. Sloan has been a part of multi-disciplinary teams in every level of education including preschool, elementary, middle, and high schools. Along with experience evaluating children for a wide range of concerns, she also has experience providing individual and group therapy to students for a variety of concerns including anxiety, grief, social skills, and positive self-image. Sloan recognizes that each child has their own individual set of strengths and weaknesses, and she hopes to highlight those strengths while providing resources and support for any areas of need.

Sloan spent her early childhood in Louisiana and then her family moved to Charlotte, NC. She currently lives in the West End with her husband, daughter, son, and two cats (Duke and Pearl).

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Support Staff

CJ Morinville

Clinical Assistant

CJ is a doctoral candidate in the University of Georgia's school psychology program. She completed her BS in Psychology at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2018. CJ is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but she recently made the move from Athens, GA to Charles Town, WV to start an internship with Loudoun County Public Schools later this summer. CJ's professional research interests include peer rejection, relational aggression, and school-based crisis prevention and response.