As the director of psychological services for Caron Pennsylvania, Dr. Tipton provides leadership in the development and implementation of new psychological services and oversees a psychology department of 10 staff psychologists or fellows. She is a partner with Caron staff throughout the continuum, supporting clinical decisions and identifying training needs. She provides education and training on evidence-based practices for Caron, as well as in the community, to ensure the highest standard of care for patients in the Caron continuum and as they transfer to a different level of care.
Her theoretical orientation is a combination of cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapies. She is skillful in integrating psychology and 12-Step recovery, focusing on those aspects of mood, personality, and relationships interfering with an individual’s recovery process. Dr. Tipton has training in motivational interviewing, clinical supervision, and on the revised format of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. She has experience using the Minnesota Mulitphasic Personality Inventory, Milon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory, Personality Assessment Inventory, and Trauma Symptoms Inventory. She received status as a cognitive processing therapy provider in 2018 and routinely uses cognitive processing therapy as well as prolonged exposure in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
From 2017 to 2019, Dr. Tipton was the clinical supervisor of trauma services. In this role, she recruited Caron staff across the continuum to join gender-specific trauma teams, developed six trauma-related groups focused on Stage I interventions around safety and stabilization, and trained staff to co-facilitate the groups.
She came to Caron in 2007 for her pre-doctoral internship and was hired following its completion to work with young women in the program for young adults. In her time at Caron she has also worked with teen females, adult men, and healthcare professionals.
She is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania and earned her Doctor of Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in psychology from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She earned an “Advanced Training in Traumatic Stress” certificate from The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She has provided training through the American Psychological Association and Pennsylvania Certification Board on the co-occurring nature of trauma and substance use disorders, as well as treatment best practices and working with adolescents with conduct and adjustment disorders.