“My goal as Director of Mindwell Psychology Bethesda” says Dr. Resnik, “Is that everyone we serve receives the excellent care that I want for my own family.” Dr. Resnik strives to make the Bethesda office both a center of clinical excellence, as well as a place where every client is valued as an individual with unique gifts. “Every person we see should leave feeling more hopeful, less stressed, and better prepared to handle life’s challenges,” she states.
Clinical Psychology is a second career for Dr. Rebecca Resnik, who began working with children and adolescents as a Special Educator. She completed her Masters Degree in Special Education in 1996. Her experience working within schools gave her a unique understanding of special education law and policy, as well as how to implement best practices for individuals with different educational needs. Dr. Resnik continues to specialize in evaluating individuals who have disabilities or challenges that are interfering with their being able to live up to their potential. She specializes in ADHD, LD, Gifted and Talented, Intellectual Disabilities, and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. She enjoys consulting with schools and teachers to help students achieve their potential. Dr. Resnik also specializes in helping students with disabilities gain accommodations so they can succeed in private schools, during SAT and other high stakes tests, and in College or the Post Secondary setting.
Dr. Resnik left teaching to begin doctoral training at the George Washington University, graduating as a Doctor of Psychology in 2005. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, receiving training in Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology. Her internship training included: neuropsychology, in-patient pediatric psychology, behavioral psychotherapy, infant and toddler assessment, and pediatric feeding disorders. During her Neuropsychological training, she was privileged to assess children with autistic spectrum disorders, seizure disorders, children adopted from other countries, ADHD, chronic illnesses, and traumatic brain injury. During her pre-doctoral training, she participated in research of early interventions for pre-school aged children with emotional and behavior disorders, as well as best practices for special education service delivery.
Dr. Resnik is Director of Mindwell Psychology’s Bethesda Office, maintaining licenses in Maryland and Virginia. Dr. Resnik is serving her fourth year on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA). She has served three years as chair of the MPA Educational Affairs committee and currently chairs the MPA Communications Committee. She has also served on the MPA’s Future of Psychology Task Force and Family Friendly Taskforce. She shares her love of psychology and child development by serving as a Medical Expert for Medhelp. Dr. Resnik manages Medhelp’s ADHD and Parenting Expert Forums. She has also appeared on Fox News, Lets Talk Live, and Voice of America. Dr. Resnik has written for Washington Parent Magazine and publishes online articles. She enjoys giving parent education talks as well as conducting teacher training for private schools. For a list of Dr. Resnik’s presentations, or to request her for your school/group, please visit speaking engagements.
Dr. Resnik currently conducts neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and emotional/behavioral evaluations at Mindwell. She likes the challenge of making sure each report represents the ‘whole person’, and creates a concrete plan for making medical, educational, and therapeutic decisions. Dr. Resnik assesses individuals ages two through adulthood. Having grown up in a home with a parent and sibling with learning disabilities, Dr. Resnik is committed to seeing that every individual with learning differences receives the help they need to thrive. Dr. Resnik also provides psychotherapy, specializing in parenting issues and adult psychotherapy. She believes strongly in evidence-based assessment and treatment.
Dr. Resnik is married to a college professor and resides in Bethesda. She and her husband love raising their two rambunctious young boys. Her stepson is currently away at college at Brown University.
View Dr. Resnik’s Presentation The Science of Motivation: Helping our Children learn to Motivate Themselves, presented at the McLean School of Maryland’s Cecily’s Advocacy Day, 2014