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!

Marisa C. Hendron, Ph.D.

Hendron Bio PhotoMarisa C. Hendron, Ph.D., obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia with a minor in Spanish. She earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and later completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her internship and post-doctoral work focused on assessment and identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, behavioral disorders, learning disorders and related neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Dr. Hendron has worked with children through adults in university and community-based clinics, private practice, and non-profit settings. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Dr. Hendron worked in a rehabilitation hospital as part of a neuropsychological research team focused on patients who had experienced traumatic brain injury or stroke. Her current clinical and research interests are in pediatric neuropsychology, specifically underlying factors in the development of Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental disabilities.

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.