Specializing in Diagnosis and Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Other Child and Adolescent Needs for Brevard County

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Specializing in Diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Other Child and Adolescent Needs for Brevard County

Welcome to Cocoa Beach Child Psychology, conveniently located at the Cape Royal Building near Publix on A1A north in Cocoa Beach. We offer flexible appointments for your family's needs. Our practice specializes in  diagnosing autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and learning disorders for children and adolescents ranging from birth through 17 years of age.  We use only evidence-based psychological testing and therapy and tailor our approach to best meet the needs of your child and family. All services are provided by a doctoral-level psychologist.  Our mission is to help our clients accomplish these goals in a compassionate and efficient way.


We aim to educate our families in a safe environment while offering them necessary comprehensive care. We understand that many people have anxiety about psychological treatment, so we created a soothing environment and an online, efficient scheduling system. By combining the latest research with traditional techniques, we give our clients the best care.

 

Dr. Tamara Pawich, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Tamara Pawich is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Florida and doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D).  With over 10 years of experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other childhood disorders (e.g., Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD], learning struggles, behavior problems, and anxiety), Dr. Pawich brings her expertise in psychological testing and therapy services to the families of Brevard County, including Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Melbourne, and its surrounding communities.

 

Dr. Pawich earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Florida and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Michigan University.  She completed her psychology residency and postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute, further specializing in the assessment and treatment of ASD.  Dr. Pawich was a staff psychologist at The Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Tech in the Pediatric Diagnostic Clinic and Early Intervention programs from 2013 to 2019.  

Dr. Pawich is a member of the American Psychological Association and Association for Behavior Analysis International, and has published research on clinical interventions for children with ASD in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.  She serves on the editorial board for the scientific journal Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice

Selected Publications:

Peterson, S. P., Rodriguez, N. M., & Pawich, T. (early view, 2018). Effects of modeling rote versus varied responses on response variability and skill acquisition during discrete-trial instruction. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Fisher, W. W., Pawich, T. L., Paden, A., Dickes, N., & Toussaint, K. (2014). Increasing the saliency of behavior-consequence relations for children with autism who exhibit persistent errors. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 47(4), 738-748.  

William Jimenez, MBA

William Jimenez is Cocoa Beach Child Psychology’s general manager. He is the friendly voice on the other end of the line when making appointments or asking general questions about the practice. No question is too small or silly, so please feel free to reach out to Cocoa Beach Child Psychology for any of your family's needs. William is a current doctoral student at Florida Institute of Technology. When not working at our clinic, William is an account manager for a large fortune 500 firm.  On his off time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two daughters.