The Center for Child and Family Development / Nicole Cavenagh, PhD

Nicole Ann Cavenagh, Ph.D.

Nicole Cavenagh

Nicole Ann Cavenagh, Ph.D. obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Chicago with a minor in Criminal Justice. From there, she pursued a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and went on to obtain her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Cavenagh completed a specialization in developmental disabilities through her predoctoral internship training at the University of California, Los Angeles’ David Geffen School of Medicine as well as a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Touro University Nevada. Her clinical and research interests lie in the area of pediatric neuropsychology, particularly the early assessment of developmental disabilities. She has more than 12 years of clinical experience in this area.

Dr. Cavenagh is an award-winning psychologist with an outstanding reputation in Southern Nevada and beyond. She has practiced in Southern Nevada since 2008 and has well-established partnerships with pediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, public and private schools, community advocacy groups, and insurance providers. She has been honored by the Dave Rice Foundation as the recipient of the 2014 Kenny Guinn Commitment to Community Award and was the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ 2014 College of Liberal Arts Alumna of the Year. Further, Dr. Cavenagh has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences. She has been interviewed as an expert for over 30 television, radio, and print media pieces.

Dr. Cavenagh is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and serves as practicum site supervisor for UNLV’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.

Nicole Ann Cavenagh, Ph.D. is an active member of the Southern Nevada medical and mental health community. She serves on the Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Cavenagh has served on the Board, and as Co-Training Director, of Nevada Psychological Association Training Consortium. She is a voting member of the Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders – Early Childhood Subcommittee. Since 2009, she has been an active participant in the State legislative process and has testified regarding the importance of insurance coverage for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Dr. Cavenagh looks forward to the opportunity to work with you and your child!

Zyra Alandy-dy, PsyD, BCBA

Zyra Alandy-dy, PsyD, BCBA, completed her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Davis. She obtained her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis, with emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorder, at Ball State University. Soon after, she completed her clinical training and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). As clinical psychology is her passion, she decided to obtain her Master of Arts and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with emphasis on Family Psychology, at Azusa Pacific University (an APA accredited program). Her graduate training and pre-doctoral internship experiences focused on psychological assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. For her postdoctoral specialization, Dr. Alandy-dy focused on neuropsychological assessments, particularly assessing for neurodevelopmental disorders including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disorders, intellectual disabilities, and other behavioral and social-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression, mood fluctuations) comorbid with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Overall, Dr. Alandy-dy has diverse experience in the psychological assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. Dr. Alandy-dy’s work as a behavior analyst consists of conducting functional behavior assessments, parent training, supervising behavior technicians/therapists, and designing behavior intervention programs and skills acquisition programs for children and adolescents diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders. Further, she also received training in other clinical aspects of psychology including but not limited to forensic assessments (child custody evaluations, psychological evaluation of police candidates within the Las Vegas community, compensation and pension assessments for veterans) and individual and group treatment of diverse population groups.

Sunshine Collins, PsyD

Sunshine Collins, PsyD obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Goucher College. She then completed a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland before obtaining a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She then completed her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Collins completed her predoctoral internship at The Chicago School Community Internship Consortium in the Chicago School Forensic Center. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Gary Lenkeit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In addition to being a Nevada licensed psychologist, Dr. Collins has been Secretary and Treasurer of the Nevada Psychological Association Southern Board. Dr. Collins has worked as an adjunct professor at UNLV teaching parenting classes. She is also a certified Disaster Mental Health Worker for the American Red Cross and provided care for individuals impacted by the 2017 mass casualty event in Las Vegas. She has been interviewed as an expert for state and federal courts as well as for local television and international print media pieces.

Dr. Collins is a member of the Nevada Psychological Association, the American Psychology-Law Society, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.