Joseph Demers is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with a PhD in School and Child Psychology who has spent numerous years working with children, adolescents, teachers, and parents to identify and meet instructional and social-emotional goals. Joseph began his career as an educator and spent several years teaching middle school English and Social Studies in New York City and overseas. This work included extensive training in literacy at the Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Joseph quickly recognized his interest in meeting social and emotional goals for young people and began coursework in psychology, which led him to pursue his doctorate in School and Child Psychology. His graduate work brought him to the University of Minnesota, where he worked in a variety of settings, including intensive day treatment programs, a neuropsychology clinic within the University Medical center, a private center for child and adolescent psychiatry, and his doctoral internship at a residential treatment center for children and adolescents struggling with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties.
As a result of his varied professional and academic placements, Joseph brings experience and training in literacy and mathematics instruction and interventions, Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (CBT and DBT), solution-focused counseling, and consultation and intervention for disruptive behavior, dysregulation, and executive function difficulties. Joseph has served the needs of children and teens with a broad range of diagnoses, including Anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Joseph received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University, his masters degree in Education from the City University of New York, and his MA and PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.