Dr. David Leigh            Child & Adolescent Psychologist

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Charles Swindoll
Dr. David Leigh is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey as well as a certified school psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents, college age young adults, as well as parents for more than two decades using a cognitive behavioral approach to mental health issues. Having graduated from the S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Dr. Leigh went on to earn his doctorate in school psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology of Rutger's University.  While the exception, Dr. Leigh does work with adults, mostly on parenting issues, mood disorders and anxiety based disorders.

Dr. Leigh began his career as a school psychologist in 1992, working with children and adolescents within a school setting for eight years until advancing to the position as Director of Special Services.  He subsequently worked for seventeen years as a Director of Special Services in public school settings, overseeing the special needs programs for students presenting with a wide range of educationally disabling conditions.  Dr. Leigh has extensive knowledge of school based services as he has worked closely with child study teams, as well as other professionals, to develop and implement individualized education plans (IEPs) and Section 504 Individualized Accommodations Plans (IAPs) for students. Dr. Leigh's extensive knowledge of school based services allows him to understand the most appropriate and effective methods for attaining reasonable supports.  In addition to working in private practice, Dr. Leigh is presently serving as the Principal of New Alliance Academy, a private therapeutic high school for adolescents with psychiatric conditions.

Dr. Leigh's experiences in private practice, and as a school psychologist, director of special services, and principal have allowed him to develop expertise in the following areas:

  • School related challenges (ie. disorders of learning, program options)

  • Effective Parenting Techniques

  • Anxiety based disorders

  • Mood disorders

  • Behavioral disorders

  • Bullying related matters

  • ADHD

  • Substance Abuse

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