Our Team

Co-founder & Co-director

Michael Cassano, Ph.D.

Phone: 484-440-9740, ext. 700

Email: cassano@dragonflypsych.com

Office/s:

Willow Grove, PA

Consultation

Overview

Michael Cassano, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Co-founder and Director of the Willow Grove office.

Dr. Michael Cassano is a licensed psychologist in the State of Pennsylvania. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maine and completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). For eight years, Dr. Cassano served as an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University where he taught and supervised students pursuing doctoral degrees in clinical psychology. While at Widener, Dr. Cassano co-founded the Widener Child Therapy Clinic and directed the Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy Concentration. Dr. Cassano left his full-time position on the faculty at Widener to focus on private practice and will stay connected to the program as an adjunct professor.

Areas of expertise include individual and family therapy to address a wide range of problems faced by children, adolescents, families, and adults. Dr. Cassano has extensive experience using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques to address concerns related to parenting challenges, ADHD, learning and homework problems, oppositional defiant disorder, aggression, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression.

Dr. Cassano regularly collaborates and consults with schools, physicians, and other adults who play major roles in the lives of children and teens. In addition to working directly with clients, Dr. Cassano places a significant emphasis on ensuring home, school, and community settings have what they need to support his clients’ behavioral and emotional growth.

Dr. Cassano has also conducted research in several areas related to clinical and developmental psychology. Specific research interests include family influences on children’s ability to manage emotions and the development of effective treatments for children, teens, and young adults coping with ADHD, anxiety, and depression.

SPECIALTIES IN

Education and Training

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Developmental-Clinical track), University of Maine

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Maine

B.A. in Psychology and Human Development, Boston College

Predoctoral Internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Postdoctoral Fellowship at CHOP in the Center for Management of ADHD

CAREER

Work Experience

Abington Friends School, 2016-present. Consulting Psychologist

Widener University, 2010-2018. Associate Professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology

Widener Child Therapy Clinic, 2011-2018. Co-founder and Co-director.

Pliner Psychological Associates, 2010-2014. Staff Psychologist

Drexel University, 2010. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2008-2010 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2007-2010 Predoctoral Intern and Postdoctoral Fellow

KidsPeace New England, 2005-2007 Psychological Examiner

CAREER

Recent Publications

Cassano, M.C., Zeman, J.L., & Sanders, W.M. (2014).  Parental report of responses to children’s sadness for self and spouse.  Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 60, 1-23.

Braunstein, V., Peniston, N., Perelman, A., & Cassano, M.C. (2013).  The inclusion of fathers in investigations of autistic spectrum disorders.  Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 858-865.

Zeman, J., Cassano, M.C., & Adrian, M.  (2012).  Socialization influences in children and adolescents’ self-regulation of emotion:  A developmental psychopathology perspective.  In K. C. Barrett (Ed.),  Handbook of self-regulatory processes in development: New directions and international perspectives (pp. 79-108). New York: Psychology Press.

Cassano, M.C., Tresco, K.E., Lefler, E., Mautone, J.A., & Power, T.J.  (2011).  The uncontrollable child: Family and educational interventions.  Consultant for Pediatricians 10, 1-4.

Cassano, M.C., & Zeman, J. (2010). Parental socialization of sadness regulation in middle childhood:  The role of expectations and gender. Developmental Psychology, 46, 1214-1226.

Leff, S., Cassano, M.C., MacEvoy, J., & Costigan, T. (2010). Initial validation of a knowledge-based measure of social information processing and anger management. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 1007-1020.

Zeman, J., Perry-Parrish, C., & Cassano, M.C.  (2010).  Parent-child discussions of anger and sadness:  The importance of parent and child gender. In A. Kennedy & S. Denham (Eds.), New directions in child and adolescent development: Focus on gender: Parent and child contributions to socialization of emotional competence, 128, 65-83.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

Cassano, M.C., Nangle, D.W., & O’Grady, A. (2009). Exposure-based treatment for a child with stabbing obsessions. Clinical Case Studies, 8, 139-157. doi: 10.1177/1534650109332483

Power, T.J., Tresco, K.E., & Cassano, M.C.  (2009).  School-based interventions for children with ADHD.  Current Psychiatry Reports, 11, 407-414.

Sim, L., Adrian, M., Zeman, J., Cassano, M., & Friedrich, W.N. (2009). Adolescent deliberate self-harm:  Linkages to emotion regulation and family emotional climate. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 19, 75-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2009.00582.x

Gilles, A., Cassano, M., Shepherd, E., Higgins, D., Hecker, J., & Nangle, D.W. (2008). Comparing active pediatric obesity treatments using meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 886-892.

Cassano, M., Zeman, J., & Perry-Parrish, C. (2007). Influence of gender on parental socialization of children’s sadness regulation. Social Development, 16, 210-231. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9507.2007.00381.x

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