Dr. Fadell is a fully licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her masters and doctorate degrees in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University, with a cognate in Neuroscience. While completing her doctoral program, Dr. Fadell concurrently obtained her certification in cognitive therapy from the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, under the tutelage of Aaron T. Beck, MD and Judith S. Beck, PhD. After completing her doctorate degree, she received additional certifications in School Psychology and Neuropsychology from Wayne State University and Ball State University, respectively.
Dr. Fadell began her career at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine, where she worked for 12 years as a clinical researcher in the area of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Effects (FAS/FAE). After which she accepted a clinical position with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital – Ann Arbor, where she practiced for six years as a supervising psychologist. During her tenure at St. Joe’s, Dr. Fadell conducted neuropsychological evaluation for ages 6 through adult, provided psychotherapy to individuals and families, and supervised graduate level psychology interns in the area of psychological testing and school psychology. Dr. Fadell was also an adjunct professor in Lifespan and Development at the community college level. She has been in private practice in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan since 2011
The question has often been raised, “What is a Psychologist?” Clark Hull, one of the leading psychologists of our time gave this definition of a psychologist:
“A psychologist is a person who is trying to make a new renaissance. This new renaissance would produce a new type of individual – one who gloried in his or her own individuality and in the individuality of others. The task of a psychologist is to make a difference; to increase the joy, zest, and richness of his fellow human beings.”
Dr. Fadell believes this to be the basis of her work and training as a psychologist and therapist. Her primary goal is to help others dare to let their lives be great and to keep individuals and families from choosing failure when success is a real and attainable option. She recognizes that taking the first step toward change can bring forth several emotions, such as relief, uncertainty, and even fear. Be assured that your work with Dr. Fadell will be collaborative, thoughtful, respectful, and specific to your needs.
If a patient has been referred to Dr. Fadell for a neuropsychological evaluation, be assured that she does everything within her power to make the experience as stress-free as possible. For many individuals, undergoing this type of evaluation frequently raises questions as well as anxieties. Most people don’t know what to expect, so Dr. Fadell explains, in detail, what will happen during the evaluation and makes whatever accommodations she can to ensure her patients are comfortable. Some neuropsychologists use technicians to administer many, if not all, of the tests for an evaluation. This is not the case with Dr. Fadell. By the time an evaluation is complete, she has spent several face-to-face hours with her patient, getting to know that person as an individual, not just as an accumulation of test scores. The office setting is quiet, relaxing, and very private.