2012, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California
Founder/CEO of Albert Knapp & Associates
“I chose the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California because I wanted an American Psychological Association accredited* program and because I knew I wanted a respected degree that came with practical experience.”
Dr. Albert Knapp is the founder and CEO of Albert Knapp & Associates, a mental health clinic that specializes in providing treatment to children and teenagers both on and off the autism spectrum. “We provide psychological testing, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, applied behavior analysis and individualized education program advocacy services. I have a team of mental health interns at various levels of training whom I supervise along with an applied behavior analysis department that I oversee administratively,” he states. Knapp is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY 25873) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral (BCBA).
Knapp earned his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California in 2012. It was the culmination of work begun as an undergraduate when he worked as a paraprofessional in a special education school for children with autism. “During that experience, I learned about applied behavior analysis and what a BCBA was. I then moved to California to pursue my Master of Arts in Psychology and BCBA. During that time I worked at agencies that provide applied behavior analysis treatment to children—first as a behavior interventionist, then at a supervisory level,” Knapp adds.
He adds that he chose to earn a doctoral level degree because “selecting a terminal degree in a field of study is one way to distinguish yourself as an expert. I chose the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California because I wanted an American Psychological Association accredited* program and because I knew I wanted a respected degree that came with practical experience.”
Knapp was—and continues to be—particularly influenced by his instructor and mentor, Dr. Kim VanderDussen. “She is always receptive to taking my phone calls and emails to provide support and offer her expertise. Additionally, my clinical research project chair, Dr. Steven Berger, was instrumental in helping me to complete my clinical research project in only nine months. He helped me to realize how [much easier] it is to complete a goal when you have a team of people helping you,”mentions Knapp.
Knapp continued working in applied behavior analysis while pursuing his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. He says, “during my pre/post doc training, I worked with adolescents and teens with mental health and substance issues, and very much missed working with individuals with autism. Once I became licensed, I started an autism spectrum disorder diagnostic testing clinic at the job where I held during my doctoral studies. After one year the agency decided to no longer offer psychological services and I decided to start my own clinic at that time.”
He mentions that his education allowed him to focus on child and adolescent therapy and testing. “This taught me how to effectively work with child and adolescents who do not have autism. I have started to create online content to help other therapists provide effective treatment to children. I am also starting to be sought after as an expert in autism from lawyers, medical doctors, school administrators, and other mental health professionals,” he says.
Knapp recommends that current students identify and pursue their passion. “Find what population you are passionate about as early in your schooling as possible. Then be deliberate about finding opportunities to learn more about the population and work with the population,” says Knapp.
In addition to his clinical work, Knapp is a founding board member and clinical director for the Redondo Beach non-profit Our Village, a social learning community, which provides low to-no cost evidenced-based social skills training to individuals with social difficulties in childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood.
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