Leigh Spivey, M.S.

Leigh Spivey, M.S., is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Leigh received her master’s degree from the University of Utah in 2016 and was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to her hometown of Raleigh to continue working toward her doctorate at UNC-CH. Leigh has received extensive training in evidence-based treatment and assessment for a variety of psychological concerns faced by children, adolescents, and their families. She has experience providing psychological assessments for diagnostic clarity, ADHD, learning disorders, giftedness, and early kindergarten placement. Before joining Silber, Leigh was a practicum student at the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders at UNC Hospital where she provided diagnostic evaluations, led CBT-based group therapy, and provided individual therapy for patients on the inpatient unit. More recently, Leigh was a practicum student at the Duke Child and Family Study Center where she provided outpatient therapy for adolescents facing a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety disorders, Tourette Syndrome and chronic tic disorders, adjustment to medical conditions, social concerns, and gender dysphoria. Leigh is passionate about providing affirmative, evidence-based care for gender and sexual minority youth (LGBTQ+) as they explore their identity, navigate relationships with family and peers, and overcome the unique stressors faced by members of a stigmatized minority group. She has received advanced training in providing gender-affirmative care for transgender and gender nonconforming children and adolescents, and she has worked closely with the Duke Child and Adolescent Gender Care Clinic. Leigh strives to build collaborative relationships with her clients and their families, and to empower them in learning effective ways to solve problems and work toward achieving their own goals. Leigh is committed to advancing child and adolescent mental health, and she has served as the student representative on the executive board of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (APA’s Division 53) for the past two years.