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Christina Tripodi Mitchell, Psy.D., NCSP

Clinical Director

Christina Tripodi Mitchell, Psy.D., NCSP, is the Founder and Clinical Director of The Child & Family Practice of Washington, DC.  She is a licensed school and clinical psychologist who treats children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Tripodi founded the practice on the premise that all children and families, regardless of location and situation, should have access to the highest possible standard of psychological and educational support.  

Dr. Tripodi has experience working and training in numerous medical, clinical, and school settings including Weill Cornell Medical Center, Children’s Day Hospital at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the Washington, DC Public Schools.  She also has extensive international experience and maintains an active license with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the United Kingdom as an “Educational Psychologist.”

Dr. Tripodi received her B.A. in psychology from The George Washington University. She received her M.S. and Psy.D. in school psychology from St. John’s University, where she also completed a concentration in clinical intervention and therapy. At St. John’s, Dr. Tripodi was awarded a University Doctoral Research Fellowship to conduct research into infant memory at The Infancy Research Project. Dr. Tripodi is an active member of the American Psychological Association, The National Association of School Psychologists, The Association for Childhood Education International, The International Dyslexia Association, The NGO Committee on Mental Health at The United Nations, The Health and Care Professions Council in the United Kingdom, and is licensed with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.

Dr. Tripodi is also a Clinical Professor of Psychology at The George Washington University.  


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Laura Mlynarski, Ph.D., LICSW

Laura Mlynarski, Ph.D., LICSW (Post-Doctoral Fellow) specializes in individual and family therapy to support children and adolescents suffering from depression and anxiety, as well as psychological testing. Dr. Mlynarski received her B.A. in psychology from Bucknell University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  She received her M.S. in social work from Columbia University before completing her Ph.D. in psychology at The George Washington University.  

During her time at Columbia, Dr. Mlynarski interned at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital before working at The Child Center of New York as a licensed social worker. At The George Washington Univeristy, Dr. Mlyarksi worked at Medstar Georgetown’s Child and Adolescent Anxiety Program, In-Site Solutions (a school-based mental health program), The Meltzer Center: Psychological and Community-Based Services, and the Latin American Youth Center.  

Dr. Mlynarski then completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT where she worked with youth coping with medical illnesses and adolescents suffering from an array of psychiatric conditions requiring inpatient level care. 

She has received specialized assessment training for psycho-educational evaluations within academic environments, neuropsychological evaluations at community mental health centers and projective testing and risk evaluations at inpatient facilities.