About

Dr. Bennett supports the rights of her clients and maintains focus on children's best interest.
Dr. Bennett earned her doctoral degree at the University of Virginia. Now a working mother of two, she is dedicated to providing support to children and their parents.

ELIZABETH (LISA) BENNETT, PH.D.

Education

Ph.D in Clinical Psychology

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. 1999.
​M.Ed. in Clinical and School Psychology.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. 1995.

B.A. in Psychology/Sociology.

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 1992.

Professional Credentials

Virginia Licensed Clinical Psychologist #0810003030

VA Board of Psychology (2001).
Member: AFCC; Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts
(Prior) Nationally Certified School Psychologist, NASP (2000-2012).

Honors & Awards

New England Psychological Association Honorary Fellow (Fall 1992)
Ford Foundation Summer Fellow (Summer 1991)​

Professional Experience

Clinical Psychologist: Office of Elizabeth (Lisa) Bennett, Ph.D., 431B Carlisle Dr., Herndon, VA

September 2014 – present.

Provide therapy and evaluation services for clinical and court-involved cases. Specialties include custody evaluations, parental fitness evaluations, parent coordination, reunification therapy and court-ordered therapy. Cofounded a professional network of independent forensic psychologists providing case collaboration and consultation. Court experience includes:
Providing expert testimony in custody litigation cases

Providing expert testimony on effects of trauma/abuse

Conducting competence to stand trial evaluations

Completing mental health evaluations for criminal defendants​
Clinical Psychologist

April, 2011 – September, 2014.

Office of Elizabeth (Lisa) Bennett, Ph.D., Reston, VA.

Provided divorce-support psychological services, psychoeducational evaluations and psychotherapy. Specialties: behavioral, emotional and educational needs of children, school psychology and forensic services pertaining to juvenile and domestic court.
Adjunct Faculty

​January 2014 – August 2014.

George Mason University, Department of Psychology.

Provided case consultation and supervision to advanced graduate students providing comprehensive psychological test batteries.
Forensic Evaluator/Psychologist

October 2010 - May 2014.

JFEP, Fairfax County Community Services Board.

Conducted psychological evaluations for juvenile offenders in Fairfax County, Virginia. Interfaced with Child Protective Services, Juvenile Detention Center staff and probation officers.
​Consulting Psychologist to Jane Fonda

September 2007 - May 2010.

Fonda, Inc., Atlanta, GA.

Provided consultation to Jane Fonda on literary projects pertaining to adolescent development, parent-teen relationships and social policies for the elderly.
Clinical Psychologist

​​April 2006 – March 2011.

Mindwell Psychology, Chantilly, VA.

Provided therapy and diagnostic assessments. Specialties included behavioral problems in childhood, divorce/custody related evaluations, parent coordination, and psychoeducational testing.
Clinical Psychologist

November 2001- April 2006.

Clinical Psychology Services, Fairfax, VA.

Provided assessment and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and adults in an outpatient clinic.
School Psychologist

August 1999 – June 2002.

Prince George’s County Schools, Prince George’s County, MD.

Provided psychological services within self-contained programs for special education students. Conducted counseling, crisis management, disability assessments, and staff consultation.
Psychology Intern

September 1998 - August 1999.

Philadelphia Child Guidance Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA.

Carried outpatient family therapy cases for the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Conducted comprehensive psychological assessments for referred clients.

Teaching/Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant

Spring 1995 - August 1996.

Provided support for longitudinal research project: the NICHD Study of Early Child Care.
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Fall 1994.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Helped professors prepare for graduate level course taught via satellite: "Youth Violence in Schools." Helped evaluate final projects.
Professional Experience

Clinical Psychologist: Office of Elizabeth (Lisa) Bennett, Ph.D., 431B Carlisle Dr., Herndon, VA

September 2014 – present.

Provide therapy and evaluation services for clinical and court-involved cases. Specialties include custody evaluations, parental fitness evaluations, parent coordination, reunification therapy and court-ordered therapy. Cofounded a professional network of independent forensic psychologists providing case collaboration and consultation. Court experience includes:
Providing expert testimony in custody litigation cases

Providing expert testimony on effects of trauma/abuse

Conducting competence to stand trial evaluations

Completing mental health evaluations for criminal defendants​
Clinical Psychologist

April, 2011 – September, 2014.

Office of Elizabeth (Lisa) Bennett, Ph.D., Reston, VA.

Provided divorce-support psychological services, psychoeducational evaluations and psychotherapy. Specialties: behavioral, emotional and educational needs of children, school psychology and forensic services pertaining to juvenile and domestic court.
Adjunct Faculty

​January 2014 – August 2014.

George Mason University, Department of Psychology.

Provided case consultation and supervision to advanced graduate students providing comprehensive psychological test batteries.
Forensic Evaluator/Psychologist

October 2010 - May 2014.

JFEP, Fairfax County Community Services Board.

Conducted psychological evaluations for juvenile offenders in Fairfax County, Virginia. Interfaced with Child Protective Services, Juvenile Detention Center staff and probation officers.
​Consulting Psychologist to Jane Fonda

September 2007 - May 2010.

Fonda, Inc., Atlanta, GA.

Provided consultation to Jane Fonda on literary projects pertaining to adolescent development, parent-teen relationships and social policies for the elderly.
Clinical Psychologist

​​April 2006 – March 2011.

Mindwell Psychology, Chantilly, VA.

Provided therapy and diagnostic assessments. Specialties included behavioral problems in childhood, divorce/custody related evaluations, parent coordination, and psychoeducational testing.
Clinical Psychologist

November 2001- April 2006.

Clinical Psychology Services, Fairfax, VA.

Provided assessment and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and adults in an outpatient clinic.
School Psychologist

August 1999 – June 2002.

Prince George’s County Schools, Prince George’s County, MD.

Provided psychological services within self-contained programs for special education students. Conducted counseling, crisis management, disability assessments, and staff consultation.
Psychology Intern

September 1998 - August 1999.

Philadelphia Child Guidance Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA.

Carried outpatient family therapy cases for the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Conducted comprehensive psychological assessments for referred clients.

Publications & Presentations

  • Bennett, E. (2014). “What Lawyers Should Expect from a Custody Evaluation.” Ask the Expert; Virginia Family Law Quarterly (Fall 2014; Volume 34, No.3)
  • Bennett, E.M. (2008). “Social and Emotional Impact of Life with Severe Food Allergies.” Presentation made to Loudoun Allergy Network, Loudoun Hospital; Loudoun County, Virginia.
  • Bennett, E.M. (2007). “When Sexual Issues Arise with Underage Clients.” Presentation made at offices of Karen Larson and Associates, LLC; Lansdowne, VA.
  • Fisher, M.A. and Bennett E.M. (2006) “Confidentiality in Therapeutic Schools.” Two part presentation and workshop provided to staff at Phillips Schools with Phillips Organization; Annandale, Virginia.
  • Bennett, E.M. (1999). Indicators of parenting stress in a normative sample of parents of adolescents. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
  • Bennett, E.M., Sheras, P.L., & Abidin, R.R. (1998). Introduction. In P. L. Sheras, R. R. Abidin, & T. Konold (Eds.), Stress Index for Parents of Adolescents, Professional Manual (pp.1-6). Odessa, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.
  • Bennett, E.M., Sheras, P.L., & Abidin, R.R. (1997). The reliability and validity of the Stress Index for Parents of Adolescents, Version 2.2. Poster session presented at the annual APA convention.
  • Pianta, R.C., Teitbohl, P., & Bennett, E.M. (1997). Differences in social adjustment and classroom behavior between children retained in kindergarten and groups of age and grade matched peers. Early Education and Development, 8(2), 137-152.
  • Pianta, R.C., Nimetz, S., & Bennett, E.M (1997). Mother-child relationships, teacher-child relationships and child outcomes in kindergarten and preschool. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 12,