Dr. Han Ren
I am a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP) practicing in Austin, Texas. My graduate training includes experience in counseling, consultation, and assessment in public schools, inpatient psychiatric hospital, juvenile services, and private practice. My degree specialties are in child clinical and school psychology. I completed my APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, serving children across K-12 educational settings. I have advanced post-doctoral training in psychological testing in forensic and outpatient settings.
While my clinical training is primarily with children and adolescents, I mostly see adults these days. I have experience working with individuals across the lifespan- both individually and as part of family therapy or parent consultation. I specialize in anxiety, perfectionism, high achievers, and children of immigrants.
I am an adjunct professor with the University of Texas in their Special Education and Human Development and Family Sciences departments. I’ve taught assessment to pre-service special educators and an upper-division undergraduate lecture on the development of psychopathology in childhood. My teaching informs my practice and vice versa, allowing me to stay current on research and best practices.
Prior to my doctoral studies, I was part of Teach For America's 2005 Houston corps, where I taught Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) for three years. I completed my M.Ed in Special Education and have first-hand experience with Special Education law, advocacy, and navigating school systems. I worked as a behavior therapist for children with autism during my undergraduate years and have a foundation in applied behavior analysis.
In my personal life, I spend most of my time with my husband, two kids, and three elderly dogs. I love being active and recently started Peloton indoor cycling. I practice yoga regularly and am a former children's yoga instructor. I’m an avid crafter and love to crochet and cross-stitch. I'm working on being more mindful and holding a handstand.
Dr. Serena Messina
Are you struggling to adjust to a new phase in your life? Did you get a new job/ get married/ become a parent and now feel overwhelmed? Did you move to a new place/country and feel isolated or have difficulty gaining a sense of belonging? Let me help you listen to your true needs in the midst of all these changes. As a psychologist with an expertise in culturally sensitive treatments and attachment, my passion is to support you in navigating difficult transitions and developing supportive relationships. Together we can create a path towards embracing who you truly are.
In my clinical work, I combine evidence-based practices, such as CBT techniques, with a focus on my clients' unique culture, ethnicity and relational history. In therapy, I create an empathic and non-judgmental space where clients can express themselves and gain new insights.
I completed two doctoral degrees in psychology, one in Italy and one in the United States. As an Italian immigrant and an experienced clinician working with minorities, I comprehend the challenges of adapting to new environments. I embrace a culturally sensitive approach and I help families navigate conflicts around acculturation.
You can learn more about me on my personal website.
2005 - B.A., University of Michigan, Psychology
2008 - M.Ed., University of Houston, Special Education
2011 - M.A., The University of Texas, Educational Psychology
2015 - Ph.D., The University of Texas, School Psychology
2006 - Texas State Board Certified Educator in Special-Ed, ESL, Elementary
2016 - Texas Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
2016 - Nationally Certified School Psychologist
2017- Texas Licensed Psychologist
2003 - B.A./M.A., Sapienza University of Rome, Psychology
2008 - Ph.D., Sapienza University of Rome Sapienza, Clinical & Developmental Psychology
2016 - Ph.D., The University of Texas, School Psychology
2018 - Texas Licensed Psychologist