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Dr. Lauren Tobing-Puente
Advisor to The Autism Community of Hope
Lauren Tobing-Puente is a NYS Licensed Psychologist with close to two decades of experience working with children and families in clinical settings. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University, where she specialized in child and family therapy. Her expertise in diagnosing and treating autism-spectrum disorders stems from working in a variety of evaluation and treatment settings, using the DIR/Floortime and ABA approaches. She is an Intermediate DIR/Floortime provider, as she has received, and continues to receive, advanced training in the DIR model, by expert clinicians in this field. She has assessed and treated a variety of clinical populations across an array of settings, including homes, schools, hospitals, and community-based clinics.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Tobing-Puente is the psychologist of Williamsburg Northside School, a Reggio Emelia-inspired school, working with children ages 3 months to 9 years, parents, and teachers. She was the Senior Psychologist and Clinical Coordinator at the Rebecca School, a DIR/Floortime school for children with autism-spectrum and related disorders ranging from 4 to 21 years of age. There, she provided Floortime intervention, play therapy, and psychotherapy, supervised psychologists, social workers and psychology externs, provided parent support and education, sibling support groups, classroom consultations, and conducted research on the Floortime model.
The experiences of parents of children with autism-spectrum disorders have been the focus of Dr. Tobing-Puente’s research studies, which have been presented at national conferences and published by professional research journals. She has served as a consultant and reader for graduate-level research through Fordham University and New York University.
Dr. Tobing-Puente is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), of APA’s Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL), the NY Zero-to-Three Network, and the Association of Early Childhood and Infant Psychologists (AECIP).