Leila Bakry-Becker received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC.
Dr. Bakry-Becker completed her pre-doctoral Internship at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Child Guidance Division, conducting forensic evaluations and therapy for children, adolescents and their parents addressing a variety of court-related concerns. She has provided therapy, assessment, research and consultation services across a broad spectrum of treatment settings which included The Center for Student Support Services, Wash, DC; The Family Crisis Center, Brentwood, MD; The Montgomery County Abused Persons Program – Department of Addictions, Victims, and Mental Health Services (DAVMHS), Bethesda, MD; The Whitman Walker Clinic, Washington, DC.; The Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center, Baltimore, MD; and the National Institute of Health, Laboratory of Clinical Studies, NIAAA, Bethesda, MD.
She has specialized in providing therapy for adolescents, families and individuals dealing with life transitions, mood and anxiety disorders, and maladaptive patterns of behavior. She has provided therapy and assessments to men and women working through issues related to HIV/AIDS and those individuals struggling with sexual identity/orientation issues. She has also specialized in providing therapy to people dealing with relationship violence.
Dr. Bakry-Becker has co-written three papers in regards to spousal abuse, treatment options and critical triggering situations using the Spousal Anger Inventory. She developed a DBT-informed treatment model for working with domestically violent partners and has presented it at ISITDBT and SEPI conferences.
Dr. Bakry-Becker also provides psychological assessments for youth and adults. She has developed and implemented Federal grants in support of Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Programs. She developed a Dialectic Behavior Therapy model to support detained or committed school youth with serious emotional dysregulation and assisting with transitioning back to the community. She has also supervised the development and implementation of science-to-practice mental health service programming in six local charter schools— Community Academy and Friendship Edison/Chamberlain and Woodridge Campuses; Capital City and the Ideal Academy Public Charter Schools; and The Seed Public Charter School.
Dr. Bakry-Becker is an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University, and is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA) and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI).