About Dr. Shital


Dr. Shital Gaitonde is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of various psychological disorders in infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents. Her expertise includes, but is not limited to, the psychological evaluation and treatment of infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with:

  • Developmental disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Disability, Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol and other substances, Developmental delays)
  • Social-Emotional Disorders (Anxiety, Depression, and other Adjustment issues),
  • Disruptive behavior disorders (ADHD, Oppositional Defiant disorders, Conduct Disorder)

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Shital works as a supervising psychologist in the Georgia State University's Psychology Clinic. Also, she is a clinical consultant to the NICHD funded M-CHAT study in the Georgia State University's Developmental Neuropsychology lab, headed by Diana Robins, Ph.D.


She is also an active member of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) and is the co-chair of GPA's Committee on Family and Children .

Education

Dr. Shital earned her doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University. She completed a Predoctoral Internship in Developmental Disabilities from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute for Neuroscience. She completed her post-doctoral residency at the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome program at Emory School of Medicine, Georgia. 


Treatment Approach

Dr. Shital uses a comprehensive approach in conducting assessments and therapy. Her diagnostic formulations and treatment planning are informed by reports from informants across multiple settings, findings from current research, and the client’s cultural context. She values diversity and believes that cultural diversity encompasses variations in ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, geographical location, family values, disability, and sexual orientation.