Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Child and adolescent psychology
- Family therapy
- Emotion regulation
- Behavior management
Dr. Jennifer Newkirk is a child and adolescent psychologist in Riverside, Rhode Island. She specializes in ADHD, anxiety, behavioral management, and emotional regulation in children and adolescents. During a 20 year career in child psychology, she has developed an expertise in helping children and families navigate emotional and behavioral health.
Dr. Newkirk's practice centers on making clients self-sufficient. She emphasizes the importance of parental involvement in therapy for children and teens. Clients and their families learn skills and strategies to make progress both inside and out of the office, and she is available to families throughout the child's development.
Dr. Newkirk's extensive work experience has led her to help children and adolescents both through her private practice as well as in classrooms, therapeutic groups, and hospital settings. In addition to her private practice, she is a consultant to Head Start and Early Head Start in southeastern Massachusetts. While she typically has a full practice, she keeps a waiting list and can help guide families in the right direction for services.
Areas of expertise
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, selective mutism, school refusal, and specific phobias
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients boss back OCD
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Understanding the disorder and how it affects children’s ability to regulate themselves and how this, in turn, affects familial and peer relationships as well as schooling
Parenting and behavior management – Learning skills such as how to use praise and rewards, how to ignore and do time outs effectively, how to give clear commands and set limits, and how to direct parental attention to increase ok behaviors and decrease not ok behaviors
Emotion regulation – Learning how to identify, express, and manage feelings in safe, in-control ways
Existential challenges/crises – Developing one’s sense of self; finding one’s voice; identity formation and differentiation from parents' or others’ expectations
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Optum (Harvard Pilgrim and United)
- Initial session: $200 (45-50min)
- Ongoing sessions: $125 (45-50min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Newkirk can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I am a licensed clinical child psychologist. I work with children, adolescents, and their parents. My primary areas of expertise are anxiety, ADHD, emotion regulation, and behavior management. I work collaboratively with families to help you reach a point where you no longer need my support. I am also available as a resource throughout your family’s life, just like a primary care doctor is, to help as the need arises.
In the course of our working together, I will find out quite a bit about you and your family. You may be curious about me as well. My education and work experience are listed. When I am not at work, I enjoy being with my family and friends, reading, and being outdoors."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2016 – Present
Head Start and Early Head Start, Mental Health Consultant, 2004 – Present
North American Family Institute/Psychological Centers, Clinical Psychologist,
2004 – 2016
University of Rochester Medical Center, Senior Instructor, 2001 – 2004
University of Rochester Medical Center, Fellow in Child, Adolescent, and Pediatric Psychology, 1999 – 2001
University of Rochester Medical Center, Internship in Child and Adolescent Psychology and Pediatric Psychology, 1998 – 1999
Teach for America, High School English Teacher, 1990 – 1992
SUNY Buffalo, Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Child Psychology, 1999
Williams College, Bachelor of Arts with Honors, 1990