Laura Machlin, M.A., is a current Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Wesleyan University and her master’s degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Laura’s research focuses on how early life experiences, such as a traumatic event, shape how kids grow up and develop.  

During her graduate training, Laura has worked providing individual and group therapy to children in schools in the Chapel Hill and Durham area. She has provided individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults at Duke Child and Family Outpatient services and the UNC Psychology Community Clinic. She has also conducted assessments for children and adults at the UNC Psychology Community Clinic and the TEACCH Autism center to assess for ADHD, learning disorders, academic difficulties, and autism spectrum disorders.

Laura has expertise in working with children and families seeking therapy for behavioral concerns, anxiety, depression, and strengthening the parent-child relationship. Laura’s primary orientation is in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents. She believes in fostering a warm and supportive environment to facilitate open communication and improve family functioning.