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Licensed Psychologist | Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate | Licensed Behavior Analyst

Dr. Stacy Ladden, co-founder of the Behavioral Pediatric Institute of Alabama, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate (BCBA-D), and licensed behavior analyst. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology and earned her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through Penn State University. Dr. Ladden has extensive experience working with children and families, which began at the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her undergraduate degree in clinical psychology. Her training includes clinical work at Early Intervention, Mitchell’s Place, Jewish Career and Family Services, and the Marcus Autism Center with Dr. Alice Shillingsburg. Additionally, Dr. Ladden completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute in the Pediatric Developmental Disorders Clinic with Dr. Nancy Grace and Dr. Steven Lindauer. When Dr. Ladden moved back to Birmingham in 2011, she served as a staff psychologist and received post-doctoral training at Glenwood, Inc. and Mitchell’s Place. In 2012, Dr. Ladden co-founded the Behavioral Pediatric Institute of Alabama. Dr. Ladden has expertise in conducting comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and independent educational evaluations. Dr. Ladden is also a highly skilled therapist. She creates a sense of safety and connection, and uses evidence-based treatments to help individuals and families with complex needs build skills to live a life of fulfillment. Dr. Ladden has over 13 years of experience providing high-quality school consultation services statewide. She enjoys collaborating with parents, caregivers, and multidisciplinary teams of professionals. Dr. Ladden has a special interest in working with typically developing children and adolescents, as well as children and adolescents with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, genetic and chromosomal disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and behavior and mood-based difficulties.

Dr. Ladden is an advocate for improving services available to families in Alabama. She served as secretary of the Alabama Behavior Analyst Licensing Board for six years during its conception. Dr. Ladden was recently authorized to practice under PSYPACT.  She is passionate about better meeting the needs of children, families, and school systems. Dr. Ladden enjoys speaking and educating parents, students, school systems, special interest groups, and public audiences statewide.

Dr. Ladden and her husband, Justin, have three young children, Myer, Emmett, and Lielle. Dr. Ladden loves being a wife and a mother. She also enjoys running and fitness classes.