Clinical Psychology Center

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Established in 1959 as an outpatient clinic and training facility for doctoral students in clinical psychology, the mission of the Clinical Psychology Center (CPC) is to provide outstanding service to our clients using evidence based best practices. Our location is the University Center Bldg A, Suite 116 just east of Rural Road at 1100 E. University Drive, Tempe.

Contact Info
Phone: 480-965-7296   Fax: 480-965-2972
Address: Clinical Psychology Center, PO Box 877404, Tempe, AZ 85287-7404
E-mail   Note: messages are read by the office staff and are not secure; discretion is advised.

CPC Specialty Teams

Outpatient therapy is available to children, adolescents and adults and is provided for a broad range of problems including anxiety, depression, family problems, stress, child behavior problems, relationship problems, anger issues, ADHD, sleeping disorders, and adjustment to chronic health problems. The CPC also offers psychological evaluations and specialized groups for social skills training, sleep disturbances, and teen depression.

Our child and family team specializes in:

  • child anxiety and/or mood disorder
  • family therapy
  • ADHD - including evaluation and behavioral intervention
  • parent-child communication and effective discipline
  • divorce adjustment in low conflict families
  • reducing tantrums
  • improving ability to follow directions
  • social skills training 
  • Teen Cope - for Parents and Teens

Our health and wellness team specializes in the treatment of:

  • depression or anxiety associated with adjusting to a medical diagnosis
  • headache/migraine, back pain, or other chronic pain symptoms
  • stress related to a cancer diagnosis or any medical condition complicated by stress
  • fatigue
  • sleep disorders

Clinic Staff

John L. Barton, PhD, ABPP, Clinic Director and Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology Fellow, Academy of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

As Director of the CPC, Dr. Barton supervises the clinical work of student-practitioners in the Center and co-ordinates field placements. He teaches practicum classes in Psychotherapy and Psychological Assessment. In addition, Dr. Barton is a member of the faculty and psychologist in the Department of Behavioral Medicine, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, learning disorders, and adjustment to chronic illness. Dr. Barton's specialty competence is certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and he is a Fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Barton is the Training Director for the APA accredited internship in clinical psychology and the post-doctoral residency in pediatric psychology. He received his internship training in pediatric psychology from Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. He received his Doctorate from Arizona State University where he was the Outstanding Graduate Student. Dr. Barton is a graduate, with High Distinction, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Matt Meier, PsyD, Associate Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Meier is a licensed psychologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology. He assists the clinic director with clinic oversight and provides supervision and training for doctoral students in the clinical psychology program. His area of expertise is in the treatment of co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. He provides training and supervision in evidence-based and empirically supported treatments, and he utilizes cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal approaches in therapy. Additional areas of interest include group therapy, brief interventions, transdiagnostic treatments, and integrated health. Dr. Meier received his doctorate at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. He completed his internship at the Heart of America Psychology Training Consortium in Missouri, which focused on providing psychological treatment in underserved areas. His residency was completed at Valley Hope, a nationally recognized substance abuse treatment agency. Dr. Meier has more than 10 years of experience working in community mental health settings and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults using individual, group, and family therapy.

Amanda Bruening, MA, is a masters-level resident therapist with experience in group and individual counseling services as well as psychological assessments. Originally from the Midwest, Amanda’s academic career began at the University of Notre Dame and continues today as a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Arizona State University. She began her clinical training in community mental health and university counseling centers. In her current role, Amanda focuses on the evaluation and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD and learning disorders, in children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, Amanda's therapeutic interests lie in the area of interest in treating eating disorders and addictions in adolescents and adults. She has published and presented at national and international conferences in the area of eating disorders, with a particular focus in co-occurring substance use. She also is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Academy for Eating Disorders.

Jessica Hartman, MA, is a 3rd year in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program at ASU and a Resident Therapist at the Clinical Psychology Center. Jessica’s clinical work incorporates a variety of evidence-based interventions including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and parent management training (PMT) and her populations of interest are adults, couples, and families. Her research interests include understanding how risk and protective factors, including parent/peer relationships and comorbid psychopathology, contribute to the development of substance use disorders.

Emily Jenchura, MA, is a 5th year doctoral student in clinical psychology at ASU and current Resident Therapist at the CPC. In her prior work at the West Valley Veterans Center, she conducted individual, family, and group therapy, predominantly with veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but also veterans and their family members with a wide range mental health issues. She has also worked at the Mayo Clinic, completing rotations in chronic pain, biofeedback, cognitive rehabilitation and neuropsychological assessment. These experiences have helped Emily form a strong foundation for working with children through older adults with mood disorders, PTSD, chronic health conditions, relationship problems, and more. Emily’s clinical work takes a person-centered approach and incorporates a variety of evidence-based interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness and acceptance, interpersonal therapy (IPT), and motivational interviewing. Her research focuses on cultural influences on stress, coping, and health, and cultivating cultural assets.

Tara Ohrt, MA, is a 4th year doctoral student in clinical psychology at ASU and current Resident Therapist at the CPC. She has previously worked at the CPC and ASU's Counseling Services conducting individual and group therapy with emerging adult and adult populations as well as ADHD and Learning Disability assessments in emerging adults. Tara takes a client-centered approach; as such, she incorporates a variety of evidence-based therapy techniques to meet the unique needs of each individual client.  These include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), emotion-focused therapy (EFT), mindfulness, and parent management training (PMT).  Her research focuses on understanding the biological, physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of eating disorders and obesity in order to inform current eating disorder and obesity prevention and intervention efforts.

William Pelham, MA, is a 3rd year doctoral student in clinical psychology at ASU and current Resident Therapist at the CPC. His clinical work primarily focuses on working with children and adolescents that are exhibiting disruptive behavior or are experiencing problems with anxiety. He uses several different evidence-based therapeutic approaches to best help his clients and their families. Will's research projects focus on the development of effective therapies for children and adolescents with behavior problems.

Debra Callaghan, Administrative Assistant

CPC Speakers Bureau

CPC staff are eager to share their knowledge regarding mental health and well-being and are available for presentations or in-service training throughout the year to civic groups, schools, parent organizations, law firms, health-related groups, government agencies, and college student groups. Topics for each academic year are listed on this page and we're happy to discuss the possibility of  other subjects. If you’d like to request a presentation, call 480-965-7296 or email

Topics 2016 - 2017 (coming soon!)

Speaker: John L. Barton, PhD, ABPP, Director


Social Skills Training, Sleep Therapy, and Psychological Evaluations

SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING. Good social skills are essential for successful functioning in life and influence school performance, relationships, and job success. To meet the high demand for group programs that teach these skills, the CPC offers “The Friendship Groups” for children ages 7 through 13. The content for the sessions is based on an evidence-based program shown to be effective in improving children's social skills. 

Children will learn rules and guidelines of appropriate social skills and practice these skills with the guidance of the group leaders. Skills include:

  • joining a group and being fun to play with
  • resolving peer conflict
  • coping with rejection and teasing
  • having a two-way conversation
  •  making a good first impression
  • being a good sport
  • making and keeping friends

Parents are expected to actively participate in a separate program designed to support skilled social behavior. There is a flat fee charged for participation in the nine week program. For more information, call 480-965-7296 or click here for a printable flyer (pdf). Groups are conducted in the fall and spring depending upon demand and availability. Group leaders are doctoral students in clinical psychology and are supervised by licensed clinical psychologist and CPC Director, Dr. John Barton.


SLEEP THERAPY. Getting a good night's sleep is vital for both physical and mental health and sleep difficulties have been associated with day time concentration, memory, and overall mood. The CPC offers a group program designed to help with sleeping difficulties and is open to ASU students, faculty and adults from the community. This seven session program aims to:

  • Improve habits that may interfere with sleep
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Discover techniques to help you get to sleep faster
  • Manage anxiety before bed
  • Learn the biology of sleep

Each session is interactive and addresses the needs of each individual person. Sessions will be approximately an hour long, and a flat fee will be charged for participation in the seven week program. Group leaders are doctoral students in clinical psychology and are supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist. For more information call 480-965-7296, or email  E-mail messages are not secure and discretion is advised. 


PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS. The CPC provides a number of formal evaluations. The most frequent questions we receive are about learning disorders (LD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Additional questions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Signs of learning disorders include, but are not limited to, slow and difficult reading, problems getting ideas down on paper, struggling to understand math concepts, slow information processing, or difficulty remembering important material.  A typical evaluation of a possible learning disorder would include a clinical interview; a review of past records; and the following tests plus others as indicated:

  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV or
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-V
  • Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning-II
  • Nelson-Denny Reading Test (on request)
  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-III
  • California Verbal Learning Test-II
  • Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System

A fixed fee of is charged and collected at the first appointment. This fee also covers the session to discuss the results and the written report documenting the diagnosis (if any) and recommendations and accommodations (if any).

Signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder include, but are not limited to, distractibility, short attention span, disorganization, restlessness, rash decision-making, procrastination, and difficulty completing projects.  A typical evaluation of possible ADHD would include a clinical interview; a review of past records; and the following tests plus others as indicated:

  • Barkley Adult ADHD Scales (or Disruptive Behavior Rating Scales for children)
  • Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function
  • Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2

A fixed fee is charged and collected at the first appointment. This fee also covers the feedback session and written report documenting any diagnosis and recommendations. 


Teen Cope Depression Prevention Group

About 20% of teenagers will experience depression before the age of 18 and girls are two to three times as likely as boys to get depressed. Teen Cope is a depression prevention group for high school girls ages 14-18 who are showing some signs of depression or anxiety. is not for girls experiencing great impairment from depression.

Signs of depression in teenagers include:

  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • Feeling sad and hopeless about the future
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits
  • Loss of enjoyment in activities
  • Frequent crying
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility

Early intervention is crucial to helping teens cope with depression. If left untreated, teen depression is associated with a number of negative outcomes in the future, including:

  • Adult depression
  • School failure
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Early sexual activity
  • Involvement in the criminal justice system
  • Suicide

Teen Cope is also an educational group -- it teaches skills to cope with stress and negative feelings rather than having a “talk therapy” format. The group is based on a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model and is adapted from a program evaluated by research to have positive effects in preventing long-term depression in teenagers.

The group meets weekly for an hour for a total of nine weeks. Group sessions are held at the CPC and are run by doctoral student therapists who have completed their Master’s degrees and are working towards their PhD in Clinical Psychology. The program is supervised by Dr. John Barton, a licensed clinical psychologist and director of CPC. One of the group leaders will meet with each girl prior to starting the group to make sure that the program will be a good fit. There is a flat fee charged for the 9-week program. Please see our printable flyer or call the CPC at 480-965-7296 for more information or to set up a screening appointment.


  • Do you sometimes feel like you’re the only one who feels sad, stressed, or irritable? These feelings are VERY common for teenage girls. For example, you may:
  • Have less energy or motivation
  • Withdraw from your friends and family
  • Feel angry or irritable around friends and family
  • Sleep and eat more or less than usual
  • Feel like activities you used to enjoy aren’t as fun
  • Cry more often
  • Have a hard time concentrating

If so, Teen Cope might be for you!  Teen Cope is a group to learn about new ways to cope with stress and sadness with other 14-18 year old girls. The group is an opportunity to connect with other girls who may have similar experiences and feelings as you. Teen Cope IS NOT a group where you will be forced to talk about personal issues, or a “talk therapy” group. We do encourage participation but you are not required to share if you don’t feel comfortable.

Past members of Teen Cope have said:

  • “It was a lot of fun and it helps you deal with stress.”
  • “Do it. I honestly thought it was fun and it made me realize how silly my ‘negative’ thoughts are.”

Before the first group meets, you and a parent will be invited to meet with group leaders to make sure the program is a good fit for you. We can also answer any questions you have about the group and how it works.

You can e-mail us at with questions. E-mails are read by the office staff and not secure; discretion is advised.

CPC  Frequently Asked Questions

  • What services are provided?
  • Who provides services?
  • Where is the CPC?
  • Where do I park?
  • What are your hours?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How do I make an appointment?
  • Where can I find information on mental health related topics?

What services are provided?

Therapy is available to children, adolescents and adults and is provided for a broad range of problems including anxiety, depression, family problems, stress, child behavior problems, relationship problems, anger issues, ADHD, sleeping disorders, and adjustment to chronic health problems.

The CPC does not provide emergency appointments, psychiatric evaluations, medical supervision, chemical dependency treatment programs, treatment for serious mental illness or child custody evaluations. Because the CPC is a training facility, some selectivity is involved in accepting clients for treatment. For individuals who cannot be seen immediately, every effort is made to refer them to an alternative service provider.

Psychological assessments are available on a limited basis. Evaluations of learning and attention problems are most frequently requested. Fixed fees are charged for evaluations and vary according to tests administered and the examiner. 

Presentations and in-service training are available to University departments and community organizations through our Speakers Bureau.


Who provides services?

Most of our therapists are clinical psychology graduate students who are working toward their doctorate in clinical psychology. They work under close supervision of faculty members who are licensed psychologists. Some faculty members also see clients or conduct group therapy in the Center.


Where is the CPC?

University Center Bldg A, Suite 116;  1100 E. University Dr; Tempe, AZ  85287-7404
phone: 480-965-7296; fax: 480-965-2972


Where do I park?

There are three parking spaces near Suite 116 that have been designated as Clinic parking.  If those spaces are full, you may have to buy a parking pass at the parking kiosk.


What are your hours?

The CPC is open 8 am to 8 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8 am to noon on Friday. There are no weekend hours.


How much does it cost?

Fees are determined on a sliding scale basis that takes an individual's income and family size into consideration and ranges from $10 to $90. There is a $20 fee for the first session. Fixed fees are charged for evaluations.


How do I make an appointment?

Contact us by telephone at 480-965-7296 or via email at  Emails are read by the office staff and are not secure; discretion is advised.


Where can I find information on mental health related topics?

American Psychological Association
American Psychiatric Association
National Institute of Mental Health
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Mental Health Organization
Mental Health America