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Joy Fairbanks, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Joy FairbanksDr. Fairbanks is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides assessment and intervention services to children and adolescents. Common referrals for intervention and/or assessment include adjustment disorders, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, learning disabilities, ADHD, oppositional behaviors, anger and aggression, and anxiety.

A clinical emphasis of Dr. Fairbanks is providing intensive behavioral therapy through an active coaching model, referred to as Parent Child Interaction Therapy. PCIT has been found to be effective for children between the ages of two and seven with emotional and behavior disorders. In addition to being a certified PCIT therapist, she also provides behavioral therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Dr. Fairbanks received her bachelor's degree in psychology and biology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN; her master's degree in Clinical Psychology from North Dakota State University; and her doctorate in Clinical Rehabilitation Psychology from Purdue University (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis Campus) with a cognate emphasis in Clinical Neuropsychology. She was also employed as a research therapist at the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center and participated as a team member on a CDC funded grant called Helping Answer Needs by Developing Specialists (HANDS) in Autism.

Her predoctoral residency was in the Department of Health Psychology at the University of Missouri (part of the Missouri Health Sciences Consortium) with a focus on rehabilitation and pediatric neuropsychology. Finally, she completed her two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she actively participated in the Dana Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program, psychological assessment lab, intervention-focused rotations, and research with faculty that resulted in publication in a peer-review journal.

Dr. Fairbanks is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Minnesota Psychological Association. She is also licensed by the Minnesota Board of Psychology.