About Dr. Stephanie Cojocaru
Stephanie Cojocaru is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, who completed her doctoral education work at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. While attending school in Chicago, she gained psychodiagnostic testing experience in forensic and community mental health settings. She also spent a significant amount of time providing clinical services in communities heavily afflicted by gun-violence, crime, and gang-related activities. These experiences were heavily aided by the knowledge she gained as a research assistant at the Institute for Juvenile Research’s Disruptive Behavioral Clinic.
The active duty, reserve, and Veteran community have always been an important part of Stephanie’s personal and professional life. Furthermore, she dedicated a large portion of her graduate career to gaining clinical experience for working with this population. Such experiences led her to a an APA-accredited predoctoral internship with the West Palm Beach VA, an APA-accredited fellowship with the Bay Pines VA, and eventually a full-time staff position with the James A. Haley VA. Throughout her time at these VAs, she gained clinical experiences in General Mental Health, Substance Abuse (Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient), PTSD, Hospice and Palliative Care, Primary Care, and Women’s Center Mental Health. In addition to her role as a clinician, Stephanie was also a national consultant for the VA for Interpersonal Psychotherapy, which is an evidence-based treatment for depression. In this role, she helped train a variety of VA clinicians on this treatment model.
In addition to intervention services, Stephanie enjoys utilizing gold-standard assessments to provide diagnostic clarification and treatment planning services. She has had several years of experience with administering and writing integrated reports on a variety of testing batteries for children, adolescents, and adults. Such batteries have included the following testing instrument types: intelligence, personality, achievement, neuropsychological, and projective. Additionally, she also taught a doctoral-level projective assessment course that focused on the administration, interpretation, and scoring of the Rorschach Inkblot Test and the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT).
Stephanie employs a collaborative approach to treatment, whether it be through psychotherapy or psychodiagnostic testing. She believes in educating her clients and their families, each step of the way, to keep them abreast in the process and help them feel confident as they change, pursue their goals, and achieve a better quality of life.