Dr. Shannon McHugh, PsyD., Author at Parenting Pod
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Dr. Shannon McHugh, PsyD.

Dr. Shannon McHugh is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in Los Angeles, California. She works in a private practice and specializes in assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults who have developmental and social delays, behavioral difficulties, and those who have experienced traumatic events in their past.

Dr. McHugh earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Southern California (USC) in psychology with a minor in social work focusing on Children and Families in Urban America in 2011. She completed her dual masters and doctorate degree program from California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant University with an emphasis on family, children, and couples.

She then completed a clinical and forensic specialized pre-doctoral internship from the Institute of Violence, Abuse, and Trauma in San Diego, California. On internship, she obtained training in working therapeutically with families and children affected by a wide array of traumatic events, in addition to conducting comprehensive forensic evaluations for civil and criminal case and contributing to research journals related to violence, abuse, and trauma.

Dr. McHugh completed a post-doctoral residency at Child and Family Guidance Center in Northridge, California where she continued to work with traumatized children and families, obtained training and certification in various evidence-based practices, and conducted psychological evaluations to assist with treatment plan development for children and families. She then continued as a licensed staff psychologist providing crisis management and on-call coverage for the agency.

Currently, Dr. McHugh is a licensed psychologist (PSY29576) and certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) at Rich and Associates. She also works as an assistant editor for the following journals:

and writes as a freelance blog writer for various publications.

Her interests include working with children who experience behavioral difficulties, social skills struggles, and those experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress. She loves working with the whole family to help each other understand how to relieve stress in their homes and work collaboratively toward success!

Website: https://www.instagram.com/drshannonmchugh/

Articles by Dr. Shannon McHugh, PsyD.

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Is My Child’s Sadness Normal? Or Is It Depression?

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Is My Child’s Anxiety Normal? (When to Get Help)

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Is My Child’s Defiance Normal? Or Should We Get Help? A Psychologist Answers.

  • Last Updated: March 18, 2019

Does your child refuse to eat at the table? Does your teen regularly break her curfew? Our child psychologist explains what’s normal and what’s not, what causes defiance in kids, and how to

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