April Harris-Britt, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in child, adolescent, and family issues. She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has trained in a variety of clinical settings including UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, the Orange-Person-Chatham Mental Health Center, the Center for Development and Learning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and several area school systems. Dr. Harris-Britt completed her internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine, where her major rotations were in Pediatric Psychology, Child/Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry, Child Maltreatment, and the TEACCH Center.
In addition to providing child, adolescent, family, and group therapy, Dr. Harris-Britt conducts psychological evaluations, developmental assessments, and consultations with schools, the courts, and medical practices. She utilizes a systems approach to wellness that incorporates developmental, psychological, and social strengths in assessment and treatment. She prefers to use child-centered play therapy with children. Dr. Harris-Britt is also trained in many evidence-based models, including Trauma-focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR. Specific areas of focus include reunification therapy, foster-care and adoption, Asperger’s Disorder, mediation regarding custody, and trauma.
Dr. Harris-Britt is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the North Carolina Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the Association for Play Therapy. She is actively engaged in teaching and research. Some of her work has been featured on CNN, in Newsweek, on local television and radio news programs, and in the New York Times Bestseller, NurtureShock. She maintains an appointment as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.