About Me

I specialize in working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families to cope with specific challenges such as general anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, tic disorders, behavioral concerns, and life transitions. I have extensive experience with both neurotypical and neurodivergent clients, such as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Training and experience in school, clinical and multidisciplinary settings has aided in the development of  collaboration skills over time. I often consult with school staff,  helping professionals, families navigating the evaluation process. Formal training has also included several specialized programs and additional certifications in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT). I also enjoy supervising those in their final stages of postdoctoral fellowship.

Therapeutic Approach

Every family has unique challenges and strengths. In my practice, I provide warmth and encouragement while also challenging clients to meet their goals in a supportive environment. Evidence-based modalities such as CBT, ACT, ERP and CBIT are used to equip clients with a comprehensive skill set. The approaches are not “one-size-fits-all” and I frequently adapt these approaches to fit the individual developmental and cognitive level of each client, such as combining some of these approaches.

Melissa McHugh Dillon, Ph.D, BCBA

Psychologist, Owner

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Educational & Professional Background

  • Fully licensed Psychologist practicing in the Austin area since 2019 with a focus on comprehensive anxiety treatment.
  • Two Year Postdoctoral Fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Insititute and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine providing behavioral therapy and parent training to children with developmental disabilities and complex presentations
  • Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi
  • APA Accredited Internship with Louisiana School Psychology Internship Consortium (LAS*PIC)
  • B.A. in Psychology from The University of North Texas

Licenses & Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist in Texas LP #37910
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst Lic #1-18-34175
  • Certified in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Personal Interests

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and our two dogs, going to concerts, and trying (mostly struggling) to keep plants alive.