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Licensed Psychologist

Andrea Perelman, Psy.D.

Phone: 484-440-9740, ext. 702

Email: perelman@dragonflypsych.com


Media, PA



Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist.

Dr. Andrea Perelman has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Widener University with specializations in child and school psychology. In addition to providing therapy at Dragonfly, Andrea works with parents who have a baby in the NICU at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Before earning her doctorate in psychology, Andrea worked as an early childhood educator and child development consultant.

Andrea’s areas of expertise include psychotherapy with children and families, parenting support, therapeutic assessment, and consultation with schools. She offers evidence-based treatment for emotional and behavioral issues including anxiety, phobias, ADHD, depression, coping with medical illness, and trauma. A key element of Andrea’s psychotherapy practice is devoted to supporting parents regarding child development issues, school placement, postpartum adjustment, and parenting concerns for children of all ages. Andrea has significant experience working with children under five and their families, and enjoys the unique challenges and opportunities of infancy and early childhood.

Andrea’s approach is collaborative, supportive, and based on the best available research, while being informed by the unique characteristics and context of each child and family. She brings a background in mindfulness, relational, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), and family systems approaches to her work with children, parents, and schools.


Education and Training

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Widener University

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Widener University

Predoctoral Internship at Widener Child Therapy Clinic

Predoctoral Internship at Widener Partnership Charter School

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Division of Neonatology


Work Experience

Widener University

University of Pennsylvania Center for Psychotherapy Research

Hall Mercer Child and Parent Center

Bank Street College of Education

Little Red Schoolhouse

Educational Alliance Head Start


Recent Publications

Perelman, A.J. Geller, P.A., Patterson, C.A., Rourke, M.T. (2014). Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Mothers in the NICU: Results from a Quantitative Study. In Geller, P.A. (Chair), Promoting Women’s Behavioral Wellness during

Pregnancy and Postpartum across Medical Settings. Symposium conducted at the 35th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Philadelphia, PA, April 24, 2014.

Geller, P.A., Perelman, A.J. Patterson, C.A., & Bonacquisti, A. (2014). Understanding the mental health needs of mothers in the NICU. In P.A. Geller & A. Bonacquisti (Co-chairs), Challenges to women’s behavioral and psychosocial wellness during the perinatal period. Symposium presented at the 122nd annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Perelman, A. (2014, March 11). Peace of mind: Helping kids cope with nightmares and nighttime worry. Delaware County News Network.

Weisberg, V.L., 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.

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