Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist, Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program
University of Cincinnati, Department of Psychiatry, Adjunct Instructor
Dr. Lavanier serves as a staff psychologist for Lindner Center of HOPE, with her primary focus on the treatment of eating disorders and anxiety disorders.
Within the Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program, Dr. Lavanier serves as an outpatient therapist, inpatient group curriculum coordinator, and assessment/outcomes coordinator. She has been trained in Family-Based Therapy (FBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the treatment of eating disorders. She has a strong interest in body image issues and leads an outpatient therapy group focusing on understanding and improving body image. She also serves as an outpatient therapist as part of the OCD and Anxiety Treatment Program and has completed advanced training and supervision in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) from the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute through the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Dr. Lavanier also has received specialized training in the treatment of PTSD and attained certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Additionally, Dr. Lavanier participates in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy program offered at the Center, serving as an individual DBT therapist.
Dr. Lavanier completed both her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at Lindner Center of HOPE during which time she provided individual and family outpatient and inpatient therapeutic services, specifically focusing on mood, anxiety, and eating disordered symptoms. She also developed and implemented a DBT skills program for patients with eating disorders on the adult and adolescent inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. Additionally, she initiated and led outpatient DBT skills groups for adolescents and their parents, among many other duties.
Before joining Lindner Center of HOPE, Dr. Lavanier’s predoctoral training included experience in parent child interaction therapy, treatment of trauma, school-based assessment and treatment, and university counseling and student advocacy. She also spent over six years in the Division of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center working as a research coordinator in the area of child and adolescent mood disorders.
Dr. Lavanier has more than 10 years of experience in clinical and research work and has co-authored more than 15 publications. She is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Areas of Specialty and Interest:
- Eating Disorders
- Body Image
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Trauma Recovery
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy