Bridgewater College, Virginia, 1989, B.A. (cum laude), English & Psychology
Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, 1998, M.S., Psychology
University of Virginia, 2000, M.Ed., Clinical Psychology
University of Virginia, 2004, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Tulane University School of Medicine, 7/03 - 6/04, Clinical Psychology Internship
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 9/04 - 8/05, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Early Childhood program
Angela S. Breidenstine, PhD works as a psychologist with the Tulane Infant Team, where she supervises the clinical work of a pre-doctoral psychology intern and provides evaluation and intervention services for maltreated infants, toddlers, biological parents, and foster parents. She also works with the Tulane Parenting Education Program (T-PEP), where she provides parenting interventions to families involved in the child welfare system. As part of T-PEP, she conducts clinical consultation with three other family resource programs around the state of LA.
Angie is also a clinical psychologist with Tulane Infant Mental Health Services (TIMHS), a program that provides mental health evaluation and intervention services to low-income families with young children.She is one of the coordinators and trainers for the Tulane Infant Mental Health Training program, which is offered to clinicians from the local community and from around the state. In addition, Angie offers some evaluation and therapy services through Tulane Psychotherapy Associates, an outpatient clinic. Her research interests include questions related to developmental psychopathology, attachment relationships, and risk and resilience.
Dr. Breidenstine's clinical practice and interests center on infant and early childhood mental health, with a particular focus on children and families who are recovering from trauma or coping with other adverse life experiences. Much of her work has been with children and families involved with the child welfare system due to maltreatment. She is interested in effective assessment approaches that help clarify clinical issues, and she utilizes a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches for individual and relationship difficulties. In 2016, she completed a certificate training program in mindfulness and psychotherapy and is pursuing additional training in a mindful self-compassion program.
In addition, she is interested in issues of culture and diversity, work-life balance for professionals working with traumatized populations, the relevance and application of mindfulness practices to therapy, creativity in clinical work, developmental psychopathology, and risk and resilience.
Years at Tulane:
Smyke, A. T. & Breidenstine, A. S. (in press). Foster care in early childhood. In C. H. Zeanah (Ed.), Handbook of infant mental health (4th ed.). New York, NY: Guilford
Breidenstine, A. S. (2017). “Like a different child:” One family’s commitment to healing, one step at a time. Zero to Three Journal, 37(6), 4-9.
Breidenstine, A. S., Couvillion, J., & Many, C. (2012). Forging a healthier path: A Multidisciplinary team approach to reducing risk and improving child outcomes. Zero To Three Journal, 32(6), 26-31.
Breidenstine, A. S., Bailey, L. O., Zeanah, C. H., & Larrieu, J. A. (2011). Attachment and trauma in early childhood: A review. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 4(4), 274-290.