Dr. Ramona Palmerio-Roberts
Dr. Ramona Palmerio-Roberts is the Executive Director of the Caron Outpatient Treatment Center, overseeing clinical and administrative operations and guiding the development and delivery of exceptional outpatient services in Berks County.
Dr. Robert’s expertise, passion, and commitment will provide visionary leadership to the Caron team, advancing the quality of treatment and supporting recovery for life.
Prior to taking on this position in 2021, she served as the supervisor for Trauma Services as well as a staff psychologist. She came to Caron in 2016 and has treated and educated patients with co-occurring addiction and trauma histories both individually and in group settings.
In the area of trauma treatment, Dr. Roberts has attained cognitive processing therapy (CPT) provider status and received training in EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy, internal family systems (IFS), trauma-focused expressive arts, and overcoming trauma-related shame and self-loathing, as well as understanding racialized trauma and how it is carried cognitively and in the body. She is currently a level II certified clinical trauma professional. She is constantly focused on deepening and expanding her knowledge of and expertise in trauma-focused treatments. Dr. Roberts is the author of Making Sense of What Hasn’t Made Sense which is geared towards trauma survivors, family members, friends, and beginning clinicians.
Her approach to psychotherapy is informed by a cognitive-behavioral orientation and mindfulness-based practice interspersed with aspects of positive psychology. She also uses a motivational interviewing style, having been trained by professionals in the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She has conducted several motivational interviewing trainings for clinicians and medical professionals in a variety of clinical settings and at universities. She is recognized as a certified trainer of adolescent co-occurring disorders by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Public Welfare.
Dr. Roberts has presented research at regional, national, and international conferences and has several publications in professional peer-reviewed journals. She has conducted trainings, lectures, and semester-long courses on diversity aiming to better equip both clinicians and students at growing in multicultural competence and sensitivity. She has won several awards in her career, including Humanitarian of the Year, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the Inaugural Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Employee Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. She earned her Doctor of Psychology degree in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
I see every individual that comes through our doors as having innate healing and growth potential that just needs to be tapped into in conjunction with appropriate education, awareness, and treatment. Clinicians can’t change the past for anyone, but we can help clients change their relationship with their past to develop healthier living.”
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By Ramona Roberts, Psy.D.
By Ramona Roberts, Psy.D.