Rebecca Laptook, Ph.D.
Dr. Laptook is a licensed clinical child psychologist who specializes in the treatment of childhood anxiety and Selective Mutism. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of NY at Stony Brook and completed her clinical internship at NY Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical School and subsequent child postdoctoral fellowship at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.
Dr. Laptook is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior as well as the Department of Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She works at Rhode Island Hospital where she is on the staff at the Hasbro Children’s Partial Hospital Program, a day-treatment program for kids ages 6-18 coping with both psychiatric and medical illnesses. Additionally, Dr. Laptook has an outpatient practice through the Department of Child and Family Psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital. As part of her practice, Dr. Laptook specializes in working with children and families and has a particular interest and expertise in early childhood, childhood anxiety, Selective Mutism, child temperament, and parent-child interactions.
Dr. Laptook specializes is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Parent Training and uses these approaches in the treatment of Selective Mutism, with interventions focusing on gradual exposures to facilitate verbalization in the context of working together with both the family and the school setting.
Dr. Laptook is honored to be a part of the SMA Board of Directors and hopes to help foster further awareness and education about Selective Mutism.