Child and Family Services

Reiss Davis Child Study Center


The Reiss-Davis Child Study Center has been in the Los Angeles community since 1950 and has a national and international reputation for offering quality clinical services to young people and their families including:

  • diagnostic psychological testing, counseling, and psychotherapy for children and adolescents related to social, emotional or education issues, and parent counseling available on a sliding scale based on income.
  • Offering quality training programs for professionals and students through the Reiss-Davis Institute.

The Center’s Clinical and Educational Services Include:

Child, Adolescent or Young Adult Psychotherapy offering an individualized psychodynamically oriented therapy to help children and teens enhance strengths and remediate weaknesses, develop better social-emotional skills, increase self-esteem, better self-regulate, increase more positive parent and family interaction, and gain better insight into themselves and others.

  • Parenting Work offering mothers and fathers a program that utilizes a parent-therapist team approach to develop a more reflective parenting style that allows parents to better enjoy their child, while appreciating his or her unique strengths and differences, because it is difficult to know how to best parent in today’s complex world.  (Offered in conjunction with a child’s individual therapy or as a separate service.)
  • Play Therapy offering a unique therapeutic approach that provides a non-threatening environment for children to work through stress, worries and social-emotional difficulties, learn to self-regulate behavior, and facilitate ongoing development.
  • Evidence Based offering a series of time-limited psychotherapy programs that have been approved in the state of California as meeting criteria for being evidence based.  They include:
  • The MAP Program (Managing and Adaptive Practice)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
  • Seeking Safety
  • Reflective Parenting
  • Family Therapy offering a service that focuses on developing more harmonious interrelationships within the child or adolescent’s family, as an adjunctive intervention to individual therapy or as a stand-alone intervention.
  • Child and Adolescent Group Therapy offering a more socially based, peer interaction where groups are formed around developmentally driven issues such as young adolescent girls’ or boys’ groups, or based on specific issues such as AD/ HD, Study and Organizational Skills, etc. These groups are offered periodically based on demand.
  • Parent Groups offering a ten week short-term Reflective Parenting Group, presented periodically to help parents become more mindful of themselves and their child/adolescent as they interact in the parenting process. This research based approach can be valuable in helping parents develop and enhance parenting skills in both normal and challenging situations. While this group experience may be sufficient, if additional support is needed, we also offer individual Parenting Work. (please see Parenting Work above).
  • Psychiatric Services offering a supportive service for children and adolescents who could benefit from medication therapy, as an adjunct to their psychotherapy program at the Center and whose families prefer to keep all services at one location. Please note: medication services will not be able to continue once the child has left treatment at our Center.
  • Neurofeedback offering a training program that uses biofeedback techniques to directly train the brain. Neurofeedback has been found to be helpful in enhancing self-regulation and remediating certain brain dysregulation patterns including: AD/HD, disruptive behavioral problems, bedwetting, anxiety, depression and sleep issues. This service is offered either as an alternative to/adjunctive to medication treatment.
  • Keeping Kids First offering a program that recognizes that parental separation is a painful process for all family members, and that a child’s adjustment to parental separation, divorce or co-parenting can vary greatly. This psychoeducational program offers divorcing parents steps to minimize negative effects on their children, while keeping them first in mind.

(A separate Keeping Kids First for Kids can at times be offered in conjunction with or separately to help young people adjust to their parents’ separation while developing appropriate coping skills.) Please click here for more information, a brochure and an application for Keeping Kids First

All of our clinical services utilize a strength-based approach offering diagnostic and treatment services that consider the whole child in the context of his/her family.

  • Psycho-Educational Diagnostic Services (PEDS) Program, for over 30 years a place to turn struggling to success, specializes in psychological and educational diagnostic testing for school age children, adolescents and young adults.  There can be many obstacles to your child or teen’s success.  In PEDS we offer comprehensive psychoeducational assessments to help lead your child to a brighter future.  Click here for more information, a brochure and an application.


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School achievement



Stands up for self


Hobbies, interests, sports

Ability to tolerate disappointment

Able to work independently

Gets 8 – 10 hours sleep

Can self-regulate when stressed

Able to manage anger


Can handle stressful situations

Problem solving


Positive Outlook

Able to tolerate constructive criticism


If you have checked one or more areas of weakness for your child or teen, you may want to consider one of our many services.

Admission to our clinical and psycho-educational services

Families who seek help for their children may call our intake line (see below). After a brief phone intake, they will be referred to the appropriate service (RDC or PEDS) and assigned a disgnostician. Following an initial evaluation process, the parents will be provided with a diagnostic impressions and recommendations for interventions.

To request services, please call the Central Intake Line at 310.836.1223 x 752


The Center’s Educational and Training Programs and Opportunities, through the Reiss-Davis Institute, include:

  • Fellowship Programs
    • Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology, and
    • Post-Graduate Fellowship Program in Clinical Social Work

Offering post-graduate social workers and postdoctoral psychologists advanced training in psychodynamic theory and practice incorporating a neurobiopsychosocial developmental view to arrive at a dynamic understanding of the interplay of factors that influence children’s intrapsychic and interpersonal experiences.  Includes seminars, supervision and clinical experience working with young people.

  • Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Psychoeducational Diagnostic Testing offers advanced training in history-taking, patient observation, case conceptualization, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations for children and adolescents from a psychodynamic developmental perspective incorporating the latest findings in neurobiological research.
  • Doctoral Program in Clinical Child Psychology offers a PsyD focusing on the psychodynamic understanding of development from infancy to early adulthood from a variety of theoretical stances, incorporating neuropsychobiology, a wide array of clinical concepts, diagnosis and treatment. Includes seminars, supervision and clinical experience working with young people.
  • Certificate Programs
    • Infant-Parent Development
    • Psychodynamic Understanding of Children and Families
    • Psychological Diagnostic Testing
  • Required Clinical Development Seminars

PsychoEducational and Diagnostic Services (PEDS) include:

  • Learning Disabilities Assessments are offered for those children and adolescents who are achieving below their expected academic level in one or more areas.  It is important to understand how a child learns best; therefore, strengths as well as weaknesses are measured.
  • Attention Deficit Evaluations are offered when inattention, poor concentration, impulsivity, disorganization and/or high activity interfere with a young person’s learning or peer and family relationships.
  • Psychological Testing is given when a more thorough understanding of emotional concerns is indicated.  These tests help parents, teachers, and therapists better understand a young person’s problems and how they impact his or her learning and social relationships.
  • Accommodation Assessments are specific testing batteries for students who may feel they need additional accommodations for performing up to their potential on standardized assessments such as the I.S.E.E., S.A.T., G.R.E., etc.
  • Kindergarten Readiness Evaluations are offered to help parents make this important decision whether their youngster is ready to begin school.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluations are conducted using gold-standard measures, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R).  Diagnostic evaluations follow best practices recommendations for identifying a diagnosis on the autism spectrum.  In addition to the diagnostic evaluation, we offer a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary assessment including speech and language, occupational therapy and psycho-educational testing to further profile your child’s strengths and challenges in these areas.
  • Career Testing and Planning assesses a young person’s academic abilities, cognitive strengths and self-reported interests in order to explore potential career choices.

Click here for more information on PEDS

Admission to our academic programs

The pre-admission and admissions process includes a tour of the facilities and program orientation, submission of an application, interviews with the prospective student and a review of applicable records by the admissions officer.

For more information, please contact Lourdes Brown at 310.836.1223 x 339 or