Dr. David Leigh            Child & Adolescent Psychologist

"The minute you think
 of giving up, think of 
  the reason why you 
    held on so long."
Welcome to my website.  My name is Dr. David Leigh and I have been working for the past two decades with children, teens, and parents to navigate the challenges of growing up in a world where we are being pulled in many directions and where the demands on our schedules are plentiful.  As a child and adolescent psychologist in private practice and full-time director of special services for a regional school district, I have come to appreciate and understand the stressors that exist for children and teens today.  

I earned my doctorate in psychology from the Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology of Rutgers University in 1999.  I have been practicing as a psychologist at the Center for Child & Family Development since that time and joined the Essex-Morris Pediatric Group as a consulting psychologist in 2006.  In the work that I do, I look for practical, realistic interventions that help each individual and family to meet the objective of experiencing relief from the difficulties that they are facing.  The experiences that I have had in private practice and as a director of special services has allowed me to develop expertise in the following areas: 

  • Anxiety based disorders including social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety, and school avoidance
  • Mood Disorders (ie. depression)
  • Behavioral Disorders and Anger Management
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 
  • Comprehensive understanding of school based services
  • Effects of bullying
  • Parent-Child Relations 
  • Substance Abuse Issues of Adolescence
  • Social Problem Solving and Social Skill Development
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