Melissa Tamas, Ph.D.
Dr. Tamas (PSB94023420) is a psychological assistant working towards licensure under the supervision of Drs. Devin Prouty and Robert Holaway. She is a developmental and clinical psychologist who enjoys working with children, adolescents and parents facing a variety of behavioral and developmental challenges. She utilizes evidenced based treatment in a developmentally appropriate way in order to tailor interventions to support the specific needs and challenges of the child and family. Dr. Tamas approaches treatment with an emphasis on resiliency and collaboration, working closely with children, parents, schools and pediatricians to help youth develop the skills and support they need to be successful.
Dr. Tamas received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Clark University and worked as a college counselor and instructor for New York University, Clark University and St. Mary’s College. She returned for postdoctoral training in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University. Dr Tamas is well versed with the unique challenges that face parents and youth in the bay area. She completed her clinical training at CHAC (Community Health Awareness Council), Kaiser Permanente, ACNC (Autism Center of Northern California) and San Francisco General Hospital. Dr Tamas’s internship at the UCSF’s Child and Adolescent Services provided specialized training in interventions to support children and families facing trauma. Following her internship, Dr. Tamas worked at the Seesaw Psychology group, providing CBT, mindfulness and social skills based interventions to children, parents and families facing a variety of developmental and behavioral challenges. She also conducted assessments and developmental screenings and provided parent coaching and social skills classes.
Dr Tamas teaches psychology classes at De Anza College and Palo Alto University. She is also very active in the local schools, helping to develop social-emotional programming. She believes that the wellness of our children starts with a strong community and is an active volunteer in a variety of local organizations including Project Cornerstone, National Charity League, AYSO and Cub Scouts.