Dr. Stephanie Akl, Psy.D., is a Licensed Psychologist based in Miami, Florida. She originally hails from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, but she moved south for college and fell in love with South Florida's climate. She attended the University of Miami for her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Communication. After graduating from UM, Dr. Akl spent several years conducting cognitive and neuropsychological research at the University of Pittsburgh. She returned to South Florida for her graduate training in psychology and earned her M.S. and Psy.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
At Nova, Dr. Akl studied and trained in a wide range of clinical treatment modalities and gained expertise in psychological assessment. She focused her energy on Clinical Psychology and the treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma. In addition, Dr. Akl trained in the specialty of Forensic Psychology, learning how to answer legal questions through psychological assessment, knowledge, and expertise. Dr. Akl has conducted research and delivered conference presentations on domestic violence and Battered Woman Syndrome, false confessions, and the effects of child sexual abuse, to touch on a few. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship and postdoctoral residency in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she treated patients with severe mental illness and various mood and personality disorders. Dr. Akl also has experience conducting psychological and forensic evaluations and providing therapy for those involved with the Department of Children and Families, criminal courts, and immigration courts in South Florida. But don’t worry—if you aren’t facing legal issues at the moment, you won’t feel like you are when working with Dr. Akl. She keeps her forensic, court-related work separate from her clinical treatment.
When she isn't providing therapy or conducting psychological evaluations, Dr. Akl can be found back at Nova Southeastern University, where she now teaches classes in Forensic Psychology to both doctoral and master's students. She often has several research and writing projects underway. She is always happy to discuss these projects and invites you to send her a message through the "Contact" page if you'd like to know more!