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Behavioral Health Clinic

Behavioral Health Services for Youth of All Ages

The Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic offers outpatient services for families with children from infancy to 22 who are experiencing social/emotional, academic, or behavior concerns. Learn more about our clinic and our staff below.

To make an appointment please call 202-650-6361.

  • About Our Clinic

    Our staff is comprised of professionals with the training, experience, and expertise necessary to provide your family with the support and guidance to succeed. If you are a physician, educator, or parent who is concerned about a child or adolescent's current functioning, turn to the Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic. We work with families to develop effective strategies for a range of challenges such as:

    • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Oppositional and Defiant Behaviors
    • School-Based Behavioral and Academic Problems
    • Anxiety/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Worry
    • Depression
    • Anger, Irritability and Tantrums
    • Sleep and Bedtime Problems 
    • Difficulty Following Instructions and Accepting Decisions
    • Peer and Sibling Conflict
    • Fears and Phobias
    • Bed-wetting and Toileting Concerns 
    • Habits (hair pulling, fingernail biting, skin picking and thumb sucking)
    • Vocal and/or Motor Tics
    • Picky Eating and Unhealthy Eating
    • Screen Time Management (Video game, tablets, phones, etc.)
    • Trauma
    • Difficulties with Adjustment (Significant changes in the family)

    The Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic specializes in creating a comprehensive care approach. Our mission is to care for problems before they develop into more serious health and behavioral issues by involving the whole family. We provide the following services:

    • Family Therapy
    • Individual Therapy
    • Parent Behavior Management Training
    • Psychological Assessment
    • Academic Assessment

    If you are concerned about your child's behavior, Boys Town can help. To assist you in getting services we accept a variety of insurance plans. To get started with services call 402-996-2540 to schedule an intake appointment and complete our intake forms.

  • Our Professional Staff

    ​​​Robert Wingfield, Ph.D., Clinic Director

    Dr. Robert J. Wingfield

    Dr. Robert J. Wingfield is a licensed psychologist with clinical experience in Behavioral Pediatrics. For over 10 years, he has worked with numerous populations of children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, K-12 schools, college campuses, juvenile correctional facilities, and residential programs. An abbreviated list of his clinical interests and expertise include anxiety, aggression, disruptive behaviors, learning problems, executive dysfunction, and maladaptive habits. He earned his doctoral degree in School Psychology from the University of Florida and completed his clinical internship at Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health in 2013.  He completed specialized training in behavioral psychology as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute from 2013-2015.

     

    Avital Deskalo, Ph.D., CCTP, Staff Psychologist

    Dr. Avital Deskalo

    Dr. Avital Deskalo is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, with a ​​background in treating traumatic stress. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Delaware. Following her undergraduate education, she earned her M.S.Ed. in Learning and Developmental Sciences and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington. At Indiana University, Dr. Deskalo gained experience in therapy and assessments in multiple treatment settings, including Riley Hospital for Children, Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility, community mental health centers and schools. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health in Boys Town, Nebraska.

     

    Amanda McLean, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

    Amanda McLean​​Amanda McLean, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist at the Boys Town Washington D.C. Behavioral Health Clinic. She current​ly provides outpatient services to children of all ages and their families. Dr. McLean received her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. She has assisted in the development and oversight of programs at the Boys Town Nebraska Behavioral Health Clinic including the Parenting for Success Clinic, a service that provides parent-child interaction therapy techniques to children and their caretakers to manage behavioral concerns, and the Interp​​ersonal Skills 4 Kids groups, a social skills curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school age youth. Her clinical interests include behavioral pediatrics, disruptive behavior problems, ADHD, and anxiety disorders.​

     

    Amber Thornton, Psy.D. Staff Psychologist

    Amber Thornton

    ​​Dr. Amber Thornton is a licensed psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents, young adults, parents and families, and has clinical experience related to childhood trauma, foster parenting, race-related stressors and cultural issues (gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration). She earned her B.S. in psychology from Ohio State University, and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Thornton completed her predoctoral internship at WestCoast Children’s Clinic in Oakland, California, and received postdoctoral fellowship training at Oesterlen Services for Youth, Inc., in Springfield, Ohio.

     

    Chandler McLemore, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist

    Amber Thornton

    ​​Dr. Chandler McLemore is a licensed psychologist with specialized training in behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches to pediatric treatment, and expertise in treating disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She also has extensive training in the scientific principles that underlie behavior change (i.e., Applied Behavior Analysis, ABA). Dr. McLemore earned her B.S. in Psychology, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in School Psychology, from the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed a pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University/Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore.

  • Client Forms

    Below are the forms that you will need for your appointment at the Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic. The first two groups of forms are mandatory. If you have any questions, please contact 402-996-2540.

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    New Client Forms to Complete and Bring With You (Mandatory)

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     Additional Consent and Release Forms (When Needed)

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  • Locations

    Please call 202-650-6361 to schedule an appointment at any location.

    Boys Town Washington DC
    Behavioral Health Clinic
    4801 Sargent Road NE
    Washington DC 20017

    Boys Town Washington DC
    at The Pediatric Group
    13001 Summit School Rd
    Woodbridge, VA 22192

    Boys Town Washington DC
    ALL Pediatrics (at Kingstowne/Springfield)
    9010 Lorton Station Blvd, Suite 100
    Lorton, VA 22079

  • Insurance Accepted

    We currently accept the following insurance:

    Washington DC

    • Aetna
    • Amerigroup
    • Amerihealth
    • Beacon Commercial
    • Beacon Trusted
    • Carefirst (BCBS)
    • Cigna
    • DC Medicaid
    • HSCSN
    • Magellan DC
    • Maryland Medicaid
    • MultiPlan
    • PHCS
    • Tricare

    Virginia

    • Aetna
    • Anthem BCBS
    • Anthem Wellpoint EAP
    • Beacon Commercial
    • Carefirst BCBS/Blue Choice
    • Cigna
    • Humana
    • MHN
    • Tricare
    • Virginia Medicaid
    • Virginia Magellan
    • Virginia Premier